Good Invert Tankmates for Tetras - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 01-31-2009, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
New Member
Good Invert Tankmates for Tetras


I'm new to the hobby and have a 20g tank with 7 Gold Pristella Tetras in it. I would really like to introduce some invertebrates like shrimp or snails into the tank, but I've read that tetras shouldn't be kept with invertebrates. Are there any exceptions to this rule? If so, what are some favorites?


meatball is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 02-01-2009, 12:22 AM
Lupin's Avatar
The trouble with snails is they need calcium carbonate which will increase the KH and pH. Though tetras will be fine with it, it'll leave them a little more prone to finrot and other bacterial infections.

Edit: You could always try crystal red shrimps if your water is soft. Add plenty of plants for them to hide. If your water is hard, then go for cherry shrimps or bamboo shrimps.

Sent from my desktop or phone or whatever else I am holding on to  2
I'm ready for the pressure.
The drama and the pleasure!
If there is one thing I want to see here, it's HUMOR.
I believe I can fly!
I believe I can touch the sky!
I think about it every night and day!
I stand in awe of my body.
Lupin is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 02-01-2009, 07:05 AM
fishkid's Avatar
You could put in some nerite snails if your water is hard or if you can make it hard. If your water is soft, you could try some soft water shrimp like tiger shrimp and crystal red shrimp. If your water is hard, try hard water shrimp like red cherry shrimp and snowball shrimp. Just make sure you never put any black neon tetras with the shrimp.

Everything happens for a reason, but the reason isn't always good.
fishkid is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 02-01-2009, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
New Member
Ok, my water's pretty soft, so I think I'll try the Crystal Red Shrimp. I don't want to be too ambitious with the plants, so would Java Moss and Java Fern be ok for them?
meatball is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 02-01-2009, 04:03 PM
fishkid's Avatar
That should be fine. You could also try anubias.

Everything happens for a reason, but the reason isn't always good.
fishkid is offline  

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What would be a good fish or invert to clean uo the substrate? KSASTER2 Beginner Planted Aquarium 6 03-03-2010 02:39 PM
Invert Identification SinCrisis Invertebrates 4 01-29-2010 11:10 PM
My blood parrot cichlids need good tankmates Lynda B Cichlids 18 01-27-2010 03:41 PM
Good food for tetras SolaceTiger Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 8 10-06-2008 02:40 PM
Tetras as Tankmates mibi_fibi Characins 20 09-01-2007 12:15 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome