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post #1 of 15 Old 10-16-2011, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Probably a bad Idea, But I thought I'd Ask Anyway.

So I have these 2 White Skirt Tetras that I have to give away, because they are harassing my platties. My friends across the hall want to take them off my hands, but their only tank resident s a bubblehead goldfish. Yes? No? Would the gold fish attack the tetras or would the nitrates pose a problem?
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-17-2011, 12:51 AM
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Is that the same bubblehead goldfish that you posted about before, saying that they were abusing it? If so... Then I would say it's a bad idea.

If it's a different person, then I don't really know much about goldfish, but do they like the same water temperature as the tetras? I have always read that goldfish like cooler temperatures than most tropical fish.
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post #3 of 15 Old 10-17-2011, 09:15 AM
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goldfish should never be kept with tropical fish. goldfish need colder water than tropical fish can handle without serious stress.

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post #4 of 15 Old 10-17-2011, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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OFFER #2: My RA would like to take one and keep it in a pickle jar.... the gold fish thing seems all the more appealing right now, or better yet, the LFS where I purchased them. I could get some money for them that way, they would be happy in a big tank and lots of tetras, and I could get another Molly. :)
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post #5 of 15 Old 10-17-2011, 12:34 PM
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i'd go with the LFS. that seems by far the best option

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post #6 of 15 Old 10-17-2011, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Now I just need to find someone with a car..... Poor Bob. The Tetras only pick on her, none of the other fish. :(
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post #7 of 15 Old 10-17-2011, 03:01 PM
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You (dormfish) have realized the issue and are taking corrective action, so that is to your credit. I can't pass up this opportunity to comment on the tetra behaviour, since many other members will likely read this and might benefit; so please don't take my comments are direct criticism of you. I simply want to take advantage of a prime example.

Shoaling fish need to be kept in groups. Most species require at least six--more when space permits is always better and safer--and some species need more than that. They also need space. The behaviour of two white skirt tetra noted by dormfish is nothing out of the ordinary; in fact, it is exactly what one should expect. Text book.

Reasons for shoaling are several, and can include security (safety in numbers), social interaction, including a pecking order in some. This facet is "programmed" into the species by nature, through evolution. It cannot be changed.

Kept in too small a group, or in insufficient space, often causes increased aggressive behaviour. In a species that is not normally aggressive at all, it can cause aggression itself. The reason is that the fish are using they only means they have to "lash out" at their frustration. Kept in a group of their own species and in sufficient space for their needs, they are fine. Less stress, which means better health. We simply cannot fly in the face of nature without consequences.

Point made (I hope). Enough of that.

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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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post #8 of 15 Old 10-17-2011, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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There is some one in the dorms I just found out about who keeps tetras. I'm trying to see if he has room for 2 more. My poor tetras are in my spare tank at the moment. It's really too small for them, but I can't have them attacking the other fish. :( hopefully this person will have room or I can get a ride to the LFS soon. I don't ahve a car on campus at the moment.
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post #9 of 15 Old 10-18-2011, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Offer #3: Made by some of my roommate's friends who smell like illegal substances. "Dude,we could keep 'em in a boot!!" Really????
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post #10 of 15 Old 10-19-2011, 02:41 AM
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Haha oh man... Some of your posts make me think all colleges should just implement a "no pets, not even fish, you lousy hooligans" policy.
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