Neon Tetra VS. Flame Tetra - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
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Neon Tetra 7 53.85%
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post #1 of 14 Old 01-02-2008, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Neon Tetra VS. Flame Tetra

which do you think is better?

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post #2 of 14 Old 01-02-2008, 02:34 PM
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i'm not personally crazy about either one but i think i would rather have neons in my tank.
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post #3 of 14 Old 01-02-2008, 07:20 PM
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Longevity:
Neons < Flames

Entertainment:
Neons = Flames

Aesthetic Reasons:
Neons > Flames

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Which is better? Garlic or Black Pepper? Water or air? A poke in the eye or a kick in the groin?

Different fish that look their best in different tanks. Not really comparable from where I sit.

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Which is better? Garlic or Black Pepper? Water or air? A poke in the eye or a kick in the groin?

Different fish that look their best in different tanks. Not really comparable from where I sit.
LOL, Tophat! For some reason, I still adore green neons (Paracheirodon simulans) and cardinals more than the neons.

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post #6 of 14 Old 01-08-2008, 04:28 PM
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i just dont think there is anything to flame tetras. at least neons have some color.
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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.

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post #8 of 14 Old 01-09-2008, 01:16 PM
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What do those Flames look like?
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post #9 of 14 Old 01-11-2008, 02:13 PM
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Found them! Neons look better!
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-11-2008, 09:26 PM
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Neons look better if you want vibrant colors and lots of contrast. Flames look better if you want pastels.

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