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post #1 of 8 Old 10-11-2011, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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As a newbie who loves anything tetra-y, I'm just wondering...

What is the hardiest tetra you've ever owned?

As if you didn't know that was coming after reading the title.

These could be fish you've cycled your tank with, a fish who has survived ich, fin rot, and flukes at the same time, etc. :)

Looking forward to what y'all have to say
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-11-2011, 07:44 PM
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Large bodied, bold tetras are hardiest. Buenos Aires, Head and Tail Lights, Skirt Tetras, etc.
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post #3 of 8 Old 10-12-2011, 02:01 AM
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Hardiest Tetra, had to be a couple of White Skirts I had back in middle school. I didn't know what the heck I was doing, since I was in the 6th grade and had no internet. Those guys handled water straight from the tap like some sort of fish version of Chuck Norris.

Hardiest fish ever, however, has to be Bob my platy. One of the first fish I bought this year, when I took up fish-keeping again. Right out of Walmart into a 1 gallon tank with a molly, then into an uncycled 10 gallon, before I knew otherwise. Handled it like a boss, she did. (Yes, Bob's a girl.) After a month and a half, she got fin rot after one of the other females died, leaving her alone with the male, Skittles. She was bit up pretty badly. Put her in a quarantine tank, gave her some Jungle Lifeguard. She got better, I put her back into the main tank, where she was well for another week, then got rot again. So I went to Walmart again, (I am a poor college student, I practically live at Walmart... Don't judge me!!) and bought some Malefix. Bob is now back in quarantine, but recovering nicely once again.

Bob is the Chuck Norris of all Live-bearers!

Ok, all done...sort of went really off-topic on that one XD
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post #4 of 8 Old 10-12-2011, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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@Dormfish Lol... I hope Bob gets better quickly (And stays better this time)!
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post #5 of 8 Old 10-12-2011, 09:49 AM
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In my experience, Columbian Tetras. They are little beasts.

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post #6 of 8 Old 10-14-2011, 03:43 PM
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I can't say for sure the hardiest species of tetra, but I had a bloodfin tetra that lasted through so much. This fish went with us twice when we moved two different times. And he came with me when I moved into a place by myself... so three times. This is also the fish that jumped out of the bucket onto the floor during a water change. I was really, really bad and lazy with changing tank water after that time then to. I think he was the only one left in the 10 gallon, and for probably 6 months or more... possibly even a year, this tank went without a water change. You couldn't see through the tank, but every morning I fed him and he ate. (I am truly not proud of my actions, but this fish was such a trooper it's ridiculous.) When my motivation returned, and I decided to clean the tank... I did nearly a full water change, and scraped the sides. I think I possibly even added new fish within that week, and too many at that. I realized after I cleaned the tank, that he had developed a crooked spine...and I forget what the disease is called, but I believe it's due to not changing the water. I wanna see we had this fish about 5 or so years before he passed. Truly miraculous, and I know alot more about fish now. :)
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-22-2011, 01:05 PM
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Pristella Tetra's! Last year I put a rock in my tank... that I didn't hear sizzle with the vinegar test.... Anyway, the stone wiped out my entire tank, except my BN pleco and 4 Pristella Tetra's! Their not very colourful though, and I'm not too keen on them because of that, but nonetheless...their hardy lil blighters lol

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post #8 of 8 Old 10-22-2011, 01:26 PM
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+1 on the the Bloodfin Tetras (Aphyocharax anisitsi). Those things are little honey badgers. Also, I've had many crazy hardy Betta splendens. In fact, the betta we have now is called "Honey Badger" because he's such a little honey badger. But I know that's not the norm, so Bloodfins would be the champs, IMO!

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