01-08-2008, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by crazy4fish
i just dont think there is anything to flame tetras. at least neons have some color.
They need black water of excellent quality with dark background and substrate and low lighting, and they have to be fed food with color enhancers (Cyclops and ground krill are good for that) and live food to be at their best. Also, there is a hypomelanistic strain around these days called a golden von rio that's a really attractive orange shading to red. They also do best in a tank where they are the only midwater fish, or at least the most active. To top it off, I've never had a flame tetra die of "Failure to Thrive", which I most certainly have had with neons.
That said, while neons are truly at their best in the same setting, they look very good in a large school over an iwagumi layout, and can show up better in a lighter tank. Further, neons are more inclined to hide than flames (in my experience), so I would tank them with a limited number of hiding places - shorter plants, more open water, and even less obtrusive tankmates than with Flames. I'd also make sure I quarantined for a full four weeks, and only added them to an aquarium that was well planted and long established after the same sort of drip acclimation I would give otos.