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Old 01-21-2010, 09:21 PM   #1
 
Tetras

I know that tetras are supposed to be in groups of 3 or more. Would it be ok to get a bunch of different tetras? I have a total of 11 tetras (2 black phamton, 3 silver tipped, 2 lemon, 2 blue and 2 buenos aires). They all get along fine and they all swim together. Or should I get 1 more of each (except the silver tipped so I would have 3 of each tetras?

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Old 01-21-2010, 09:57 PM   #2
 
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Hello & Welcome to the forum.

lol...if its referred to as groups in the fish world that usually means 6-8. In the Tetra world that is not meant as the Tetras as a whole in your tank, but each species; eg 6 Lemon, 6 blue's and so on...

That all said: What is your tank size???
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:04 PM   #3
 
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lol...if its referred to as groups in the fish world that usually means 6-8. In the Tetra world that is not meant as the Tetras as a whole in your tank, but each species; eg 6 Lemon, 6 blue's and so on...

That all said: What is your tank size???


Thank you. We have a 72 gallon tank with 2 angels, 1 pecostomus, 2 black phantom, 1 shark, 2 catfish, 3 silver tipped, 2 lemon, 2 blue, 2 buenos aires. So if I get 2 more of each tetras, would that be too much for my tank? I don't want to over crowd it.

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Old 01-21-2010, 10:10 PM   #4
 
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What "shark" and what "catfish" do you have there? Maybe this sales page can help you ID what fish you have there first https://www.liveaquaria.com/product/....cfm?c=830+879

I just wanna know for sure all of whats there first before sending off any recommendations that won't work in the end
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:23 PM   #5
 
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What "shark" and what "catfish" do you have there? Maybe this sales page can help you ID what fish you have there first
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https://www.liveaquaria.com/product/aquarium-fish-supplies.cfm?c=830+879

I just wanna know for sure all of whats there first before sending off any recommendations that won't work in the end


We have a bala shark and I want to say 3 adolfoi cory catfish.

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Old 01-21-2010, 11:13 PM   #6
 
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That said you may consider reading this real quick http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/profiles/bala-shark/
These fish require set up's around some 800-900g tanks. Once this fish grows past the kid it is right now any of your cory cats and tetra's are snack food and take my word they will grow & eat quicker then you may think possible right now.
I'd urge you to bring this fish to your local pet store and trade it in! Only then would I suggest ANY additions on the Tetras (or any other tank mate for this matter).
The current set up of fish is just not adequate in the numbers they are ALL in (except for the Angels).
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:27 PM   #7
 
I'm not a fish psychiatrist, but if certain types school together, then you have a "done deal" for schooling. The schooling is to allow the fish to feel safe so if a variety of tetras school together, then they will have that feeling of safety. Same is true with Barbs.
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:22 AM   #8
 
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I would return the Buenos Aires tetras* and increase the school sizes of the other ones. As Angel suggested you should return the bala shark as well. I'd also increase the number of adolfoi cories you've got as they're also a schooling fish.

*Think of these as miniature piranhas. They might be docile now but in due time these guys will terrorize your other fish.
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