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post #1 of 7 Old 10-18-2009, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
Easy To Breed Tetra?

Hi, im looking for a easy to breed tetra for my tank. I have a ph of 7.5ish and generally hard water. My tank is newly planted soon to be heavily planted. Its going to be a southamerican biotope. Current tankmates are x5 otocinclus x5 neon tetra x6 peppered corydoras. THANKS!
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-18-2009, 03:14 PM
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dimond tetra are fairly easy to breed. you will want a shol of 6 or 8.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-18-2009, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
thanks, that seems like a neat fish. Whatabout blackskirts or serpae?
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-18-2009, 06:29 PM
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It might help to know the expected outcome you are striving for; by this, I mean if you just want tetras that "spawn" in your aquarium, or if you actually want to raise the fry to mature fish. Getting many of the SA characins to spawn is relatively easy even in a community tank, but rarely will the eggs survive to hatch and if one or two should, the fry would likely be eaten unless they had a good secure hiding spot. The various characins in my SA setups spawn fairly regularly, but the other fish are aware of what's going on and hover around quickly gobbling up the eggs the second they are scattered or laid. Over the years I've had one beckfordi pencilfish, one kerri tetra and two diamond tetras somehow survive.

If it is your goal to actually raise fry, a separate spawning tank is the only way to ensure probable success. Most tetras are egg scatterers as opposed to egg layers. There was an article on five of the "easy" species in the August 2009 issue of TFH, the most recent that comes to mind; these are less fussy about water parameters than some such as the neon or cardinal. Having hard water is going to limit your choices as many of these fish require soft, slightly acidic water as a prerequisite to spawniong. The difficult part is raising the very small fry after the eggs hatch, and the parents have obviously been removed. There are some good online sites with info on particular species. Most of the characins are something of a challenge.

A warning on the serpae you mentioned; this fish is notorious as a fin nipper. Keeping them in larger groups (nine or more) can sometimes weaken their preference to nip other fish and their own species, but it is a gamble. This is one species of tetra I would only have in a species-only tank with some bottom fish, and in a large shoal.

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-18-2009, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
Thanks I did some research and I was thinking bloodfin tetras?
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Thanks I did some research and I was thinking bloodfin tetras?
Seriously Fish is a good site for reliable information on fish species. Here's the link to the tetra section, the Bloodfin is the second species mentioned as it happens.
Knowledge Base - Seriously Fish

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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 youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre 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 #7 of 7 Old 10-18-2009, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
Great site thank you!
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