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post #1 of 10 Old 01-31-2011, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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do black tetras and neon tetras school together?

I currently have 6 neon tetras in my 35G tank. I want to get more for them to school better. Do I have to get neon tetras? or can I get black tetras and expect them to school together?

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post #2 of 10 Old 01-31-2011, 05:32 AM
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I currently have 6 neon tetras in my 35G tank. I want to get more for them to school better. Do I have to get neon tetras? or can I get black tetras and expect them to school together?

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If stocking numbers thus far are only the tetra's I would add another six or seven neons and six or seven black tetra's as well.

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post #3 of 10 Old 01-31-2011, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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In addition to my 6 neons, I also have 5 rainbows, 3 cories, about 10 guppy fries growing up quickly, and 1 bn place. My tank is heavily planted though
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So back to my original question. Will black tetras school with the neons? or do I need to get the Neons?

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Assuming that by "schooling" you means swim throughout the tank together in a group formation, the answer is mainly no. But will they mingle, yes.

Shoaling fish are not strictly speaking schooling fish like many marine species. Freshwater fish that shoal must have a group, six is usually considered minimum, but the more the better. It adds security, which reduces stress and possible aggression [even in "peaceful" fish], and some species have social interactions within their group. They may sometimes swim together, many times not. Other similar species may sometimes join them. Quite often they just "hang out" somewhere, and fish frequently have their favourite spots dependant upon light intensity, water flow from the filter, plant or other cover, and other species in the tank with behaviours that influence them somehow.

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Thanks, Byron.

I did mean school in the sense that they would swim together in one direction. i guess the answer then is that I should get a group of all neons.
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Thanks, Byron.

I did mean school in the sense that they would swim together in one direction. i guess the answer then is that I should get a group of all neons.
As you have space (though not unlimited), I would add another 3-4 neons.

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Thanks.

After giving it some more thought, I've decided to let my guppy babies grow up to adult size first, then reevaluate the stocking situation to see if I should get more neons.

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So back to my original question. Will black tetras school with the neons? or do I need to get the Neons?

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In my tank, all 3 tetra species (black neons, neons and flames) stick with their own kind. Black neons will not school with regular neons. They don't even occupy the same region in the tank. Black neons are mid to top and neons are mid to low.
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In my tank, all 3 tetra species (black neons, neons and flames) stick with their own kind. Black neons will not school with regular neons. They don't even occupy the same region in the tank. Black neons are mid to top and neons are mid to low.
Thanks for the info! In that case i definitely will not mix black neons with the regular ones.
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