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post #1 of 7 Old 03-07-2011, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys i have a quick question. I have a ten gallon tank with a pristella tetra and a serpae tetra. Im going to get like two or three more of each of those and i would like a few more. What would work in that tank? i have been looking for a while.
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-07-2011, 02:52 AM
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Hey guys i have a quick question. I have a ten gallon tank with a pristella tetra and a serpae tetra. Im going to get like two or three more of each of those and i would like a few more. What would work in that tank? i have been looking for a while.
Assuming the aquarium has cycled,,the fish you have prefer to be in groups of six or more.
A group of six or eight pristella's or Serpae would be close to all I would place in ten gallons.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-07-2011, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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yea the tank has been cycled. i would like to go that way but the only thing is i have read that like two or three maybe four fish are good.
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post #4 of 7 Old 03-07-2011, 06:56 PM
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I do not consider a 10g suitable for either fish, if they are to be healthy.

The Pristella Tetra must be in a group of at least 6 (more is preferable), and it likes to swim. There is not sufficient space in a 10g.

The Serpae Tetra should be in larger groups, at least 8 or more, and in a 20g or larger tank.

Rather than explain all the "why's", please read the info in our profiles of these two fish. You can click on the shaded fish name to see that fish's profile. I would of couorse be glad to answer any questions.

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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 you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re 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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ok thanks. at my local pet shop they had both of these fish in probably a five gallon tank with three or four of them and a few other fish in with them. They both did fine. i might do the same. I also think that the serpae is nipping at the pristellas' fins. i will try and get some more tomorow and introduce them to each other.
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ok thanks. at my local pet shop they had both of these fish in probably a five gallon tank with three or four of them and a few other fish in with them. They both did fine. i might do the same. I also think that the serpae is nipping at the pristellas' fins. i will try and get some more tomorow and introduce them to each other.
Many fish stores could care less about the health of their fish, sad to say. You can never (unless the store is one that is run by aquarists who understand fish) go by what you see in stores. Not saying all are bad, many are very good. But...be warned.

As for doing fine, how do you know that? Are you a biologist with considerable experience in fish behaviours and physiology? Since I know you are not, I respectfully suggest you listen to those who do have considerable experience. The information in the Profiles, if you read it, comes from highly trained and experienced ichthyologists and biologists. It is wise to heed it.

You cannot have Serpae Tetra in a 10g. The fish itself is stressed, and the other fish will be stressed just having Serpae in there, even if they did no nipping. Fish release chemicals into the water, pheromones they are called, and other fish pick up on them. The stress all this causes to both fish--the Pristella because it is alone and is being nipped, and the Serpae because it is alone and is in too small a space--will weaken their immune systems and I can guarantee they will die prematurely.

How would you feel locked in a small room with a bully over whom you had no control? That is precisely what your Pristella is feeling. The fish can't escape its environment, as it would in nature, so it has to endure the torment and suffer the consequences.

Recently I posted a link to an article citing scientific evidence that shoaling fish kept in small groups are more likely to exhibit increased aggression, even in otherwise peaceful species. This is not someone's dream, it is scientific fact. And aquarists have a responsibility to provide an adequate environment for their fish.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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post #7 of 7 Old 03-08-2011, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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well i just went and got three more of each. and im goin off of what i can scrape up since i dont have a job yet and i get a discount at my moms work. So i am slowly getting it all put together. as i get some money i get more stuff. and right now the three each of them are in the tank right now in the bag getting accumelated to the temp of the tank.

fish are very relaxing when watching them. no joke!
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