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Yes, Bloodfins can get nippy, so tankmates have to be carefully thought out to avoid any quiet or sedate fish and none with flowing fins. Interesting that all species in that genus, Aphyocharax, are somewhat nippy, with the worst by far being A. paraguayensis, the Dawn Tetra. This tiny fish is one of the nastiest fish imaginable.

As you have them, I would leave the neons. They are not expensive, so I would get another three to total nine. They may be fine. Lots of plants for dim light, chunks of bogwood, etc., floating plants.

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Yes, Bloodfins can get nippy, so tankmates have to be carefully thought out to avoid any quiet or sedate fish and none with flowing fins. Interesting that all species in that genus, Aphyocharax, are somewhat nippy, with the worst by far being A. paraguayensis, the Dawn Tetra. This tiny fish is one of the nastiest fish imaginable.

As you have them, I would leave the neons. They are not expensive, so I would get another three to total nine. They may be fine. Lots of plants for dim light, chunks of bogwood, etc., floating plants.

This is not a planted tank, just gravel and fake decor. I have a good amount of fake plants and a couple of pieces of decor for the fish to hide in. I can add a few pieces of bogwood (is that driftwood I buy at Petsmart?) for more hiding places when I go this weekend to pick up more fish.



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This is not a planted tank, just gravel and fake decor. I have a good amount of fake plants and a couple of pieces of decor for the fish to hide in. I can add a few pieces of bogwood (is that driftwood I buy at Petsmart?) for more hiding places when I go this weekend to pick up more fish.
Yes, just make sure it is intended for aquarium use. Wood from the reptile section may not be safe.

I like the Malaysian Driftwood which several stores here carry, including Petsmart. It is very dark brown, heavy so it immediately sinks (some of the wood will float until waterlogged), and the initial tannin release is not too bad. Being natural wood, each piece is different and many have tunnels and crevices which are ideal for catfish and loaches. I've watched my loaches playing games of tag through the tunnels, quite amusing.

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Yes, just make sure it is intended for aquarium use. Wood from the reptile section may not be safe.

I like the Malaysian Driftwood which several stores here carry, including Petsmart. It is very dark brown, heavy so it immediately sinks (some of the wood will float until waterlogged), and the initial tannin release is not too bad. Being natural wood, each piece is different and many have tunnels and crevices which are ideal for catfish and loaches. I've watched my loaches playing games of tag through the tunnels, quite amusing.
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