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    Default Neon/Cardinal- Which is hardier?

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    Which one is hardier? I have heard both, that neons are very sensitive, neons very hardy, cardinals hardier, cardinals more sensitive....
    So confused because nearly every site I go to has a different answer.
    The only difference I have found is that cardinals like warmer water.
    Are they just the same, depending on the place you get them?
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    I have read in several books that both are pretty much equally as hardy. Problems that you can encounter when keeping them are; fin rot due to stressed fish, and white spot from them being stressed also.

    For both fish the main thing for keeping them is only introducing them into a well established tank, 6+ months. This along with large schools should prevent any major problems.
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    Neons are generally more hardy, because their conditions are easier to establish than cardinals. Cardinals need a lower Ph, and both species appreciate subduded lighting, their colours will also look better.

    Neons can get neon tetra disease, a fatal protozoan that goes from fish to fish, and should be isolated. other than that, once their established, they prove reasonably hardy

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    Neither is hardier than the other and most success depends on the keeper.
    One problem with any fish that is still mostly wild caught (it's a sustainable resource for the natives) is they aren't offered anything that looks like food, when they first come in.

    Quarantine and feed a wide variety of foods until they get used to eating man made foods.

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    One site will say one thing and the other just the opposite. Ask a store why they only carry neons and they will say cardinals are less hardy.

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    Both fish often have trouble acclimating. I just restocked my 100 gallon with 52 captive bread cardinals and only 1 died (the tank has been running about a month). The captive breads were about a dollar more per fish but it was well worth it.

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    The big issue is both like very clean water that is acidic and soft. That said, both can ajust to harder and neutral to base water paramters. They need time and the nitrates need to be low. Also, with other fish around who get to the food first, they can lose out on feeding.
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    Yeah, LH has a point....
    And if they sell both, the more expensive is hardier.
    Meh, I'll just get some TR cardinals.
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    In my opinion it all depends on where you get them from. I know some stores that sell neon's that are in awful condition but some of the privately owned fish stores have better neon's. If you get Cardinal Tetra's get them Tank-raised. The problem is you could buy 100 wild cardinal tetras and only end up with 25. The only downside is the tank raised ones are expensive usually the difference is $2.50 for wild. $10 for tank raised. I would say if you can find a great store that keeps there neon's in good shape get those because they will be cheaper. I think mine were $2.50
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    It depends on your water conditions. At places like Petsmart they tend to keep every tank at a PH of 7.0, which generally means that the Neons do better. So I'm sure if you asked someone who worked there they would say that Neons are hardier.

    If you have a lower PH I guarantee that the Cardinals are hardier than the Neons though.

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