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post #1 of 8 Old 11-27-2010, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Neon Tetra food for other fish?

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"This" topic is what brought me here for information and registering. I know this is a bad combo a 4" Goldfish(my son won at school 3 months ago, that started my aquarium endeavor) with my 6 red eyed tetra and my disappearing originally 6, now 2 Neon Tetra, oh and my Pleco. So feeding, I've read everywhere not to over feed your fish, basicaly "not more then they can eat in 5 minutes, not more then 3 times a day", etc.. So why do the Neon Tetra keep getting eaten? I originally thought it was the Goldfish eating them overnight, but this morning I saw one of the Red Eyed Tetra swimming around with part of a Neon body.. Any info any one of your seasoned enthusiasts can offer? \:)

Any suggestions on another similiar compatible colorful fish a new aquarium enthusiast could handle would be great, thanks?
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-27-2010, 04:32 PM
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Most probably the pleco?? Any fish in the aquarium would devour any dead or dieing fish.... Water parameters, test results ammonia, nitrate, etc.) Someone will help further soon... Tank size would help to...

26 Gallon Community:
5 Platies

4 Mollies

3 Guppys

1 Swordtail
11 Neon Tetras
1 Red Tailed Shark
Opaline Gourami
BN Pleco
Snakes-
Coral: Rat X Corn
CoCo: Rat

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-27-2010, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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They're alive and then missing overnight. I don't believe that 4 die over night with healthy water. Last time I checked my water, these were the readings.

29 gal tank

Fish Tank Water LogDatepHNitrite mg/lAmmonia mg/lFilter Rplcd
11/21/107.50.30X
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-27-2010, 04:39 PM
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Ok most probably the pleco or goldfish....

26 Gallon Community:
5 Platies

4 Mollies

3 Guppys

1 Swordtail
11 Neon Tetras
1 Red Tailed Shark
Opaline Gourami
BN Pleco
Snakes-
Coral: Rat X Corn
CoCo: Rat

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post #5 of 8 Old 11-27-2010, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Fish Tank Water LogDate 11/21 pH 7.5 Nitrite 0mg/l Ammonia .3mg/l Filter Rplcd X
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-27-2010, 04:49 PM
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food

unfortunatly most fish see a fish that is capable of fitting into its mouth as free game...some fish being more peacfull than the next but still the same general rule applys...maybe some larger neons or a differnt tetra.....

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post #7 of 8 Old 11-27-2010, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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So its a "fish, eat fish world" more like.. ha ha Any suggestions on an equally colorful, larger fish as Neon Tetra, that a beginner can manage?
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-27-2010, 07:18 PM
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My first suggestion is not to combine a goldfish with tropicals. Someone is going to suffer as they require different temperatures and are not generally good company.

Second, check the fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top. In each profile it mentions the number of fish that are needed (some are shoaling fish that need to be in a group, like the tetra, six of more; they will be stressed otherwise, and some fish have quite an interesting social structure within their groups. Healthy fish means providing what they require. There is also the tank size, once you start adding 6 of this or that, it adds up. Work out the sort of tank you'd like first, then look for suitable fish that prefer your water parameters and environment (what's in the tank in the way of decor, plants, wood, rock, etc). All or any of this could have been a factor in your neons. Fish that are not "in their element" can often become aggressive and attack other fish that otherwise might not be threatened. Stress is the single most significant issue in fish health--just like us really. And with fish, any deviation from the "preferred" in any area can cause stress.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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