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post #1 of 8 Old 03-23-2009, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
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Amapa Redline Tetras

I purchased 5 of these guys over the weekend, just couldnt resist, they look awesome in the 37 gallon hexagon i put them in with some danios and rasboras............My question is how many people here keep them and have they tried to breed them?.........Looking for any and all information i can get on them..........
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-23-2009, 09:56 AM
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These are nice fish, though I haven't managed to find any locally as yet. They were described by Gery & Zarske in 1998 as Hyphessobrycon amapaensis, named after the Amapa region in NE Brazil where they were discovered. Being wild caught, they will require water that is soft and slightly acidic (pH below 7.0) especially if you intend to try spawning them. In such water, and with some plants in the tank, they will sparkle. If you do a Google search of this species, you will find a number of items on them. Photo attached so the others will see what you've got and be envious!
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-23-2009, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Byron for posting the pic...........Thats a nice pic, but it still doesnt do them justice.....The 5 i got have a pearlescent white body ..... did do a google search on them but the info provided is rather the same everywhere...........Didnt find anything on specifically breeding them..........They were expensive, 9 bucks a fish, but their beauty makes up for the extra nickels........Hopefully i can breed them and have some more for a future all tetra tank
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-07-2009, 10:09 AM
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They are hard to breed. I tried and it ended up laying about 50 eggs and almost 40 hatched. They all died because you have to get some expensive food. For 1 fish the food for a week is approx. $20 so for me it was $800 a week and i tried to give them to the pet store or a breeder but none would take the fish.They said it was not worth the effort.
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-07-2009, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Where are you buying your fish food at?............$20 to feed 1 fish for a week?...........Your out of your tree!.......I dont spend that in 2 weeks to feed all 7 of my tanks.........You claim to have breed these fish?.............Give me some tips please...........I find it very hard to believe a pet store would not want these fish.....They are relatively rare and very expensive for there size.............I think you might be thinking of another type of fish or your telling fish stories to amuse yourself......
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post #6 of 8 Old 04-07-2009, 10:43 AM
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Pretty fish.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-08-2009, 12:22 PM
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Nice find Fishin Pole! Definitely one I'll have to keep an eye out for in the future.
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-08-2009, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thank You..........Yeah, soon as i seen them i knew i had to get some...They only had 8 and now i'm kicking myself for not getting them all.............I'm gonna try to breed them as soon as they are a little bigger, but dont know too much about breeding tetras..............Been an cichlid guy for the last 19 years, just started getting into the whole community fish thing about 3 years ago..........Have a breeding tank thats cycling, should be finished in about 2 weeks (hopefully)........then its trial and error on trying to breed them
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