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Tank mates for Columbian Tetras?
Old 04-02-2011, 04:26 PM   #11
 
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You will also find some other suggestions for suitable tankmates in the profile, Colombian Tetra.

If you decide to keep the Colombians [some stores will take them back in exchange] and work around that, I would suggest getting 3 more. A group of 6-8 tends to keep their nippiness more subdued, the more the merrier.
Okay thanks. Byron I think I am going to keep the little guy kinda got attached to them LoL. The tank is still cycling do I need to wait to add three more or would be okay to go ahead? You had once told me it okay to cycle the tank with just a few fish when it is a planted tank.
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:11 PM   #12
 
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Okay thanks. Byron I think I am going to keep the little guy kinda got attached to them LoL. The tank is still cycling do I need to wait to add three more or would be okay to go ahead? You had once told me it okay to cycle the tank with just a few fish when it is a planted tank.
If there are enough plants; "well planted" as opposed to a couple. If this was the tank that was pictured in the other thread, where I commented that it was a nice aquascape, with the cabomba, etc., then yes, that is well planted. And this is also a 55g and the greater volume helps too.

I would add the three Colombians. Think carefully about tankmates; most of what you will find available is in our profiles. And we are all here to answer questions.

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Old 04-02-2011, 06:25 PM   #13
 
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If there are enough plants; "well planted" as opposed to a couple. If this was the tank that was pictured in the other thread, where I commented that it was a nice aquascape, with the cabomba, etc., then yes, that is well planted. And this is also a 55g and the greater volume helps too.

I would add the three Colombians. Think carefully about tankmates; most of what you will find available is in our profiles. And we are all here to answer questions.

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Yes Byron that is the same tank and thanks for the info
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:46 PM   #14
 
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And just to add my experience with Columbian Tetras... I have a shoal of nine and I've never seen them nip anyone, not even once. They do chase each other around constantly but leave everyone else out of it. As I said prior, the only thing I don't care for about this fish is their rabid appetites and lightning quick eating habits. This is easily solved in my tank since I have four feet and can shoot food in on each end. Your tank is four feet so you should have no problems with feeding, or nipping if your shoal is large enough.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:22 PM   #15
 
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And just to add my experience with Columbian Tetras... I have a shoal of nine and I've never seen them nip anyone, not even once. They do chase each other around constantly but leave everyone else out of it. As I said prior, the only thing I don't care for about this fish is their rabid appetites and lightning quick eating habits. This is easily solved in my tank since I have four feet and can shoot food in on each end. Your tank is four feet so you should have no problems with feeding, or nipping if your shoal is large enough.
LoL umm my little guys do something funny when I feed them. They all go to own little spot n the tank when I feed them Soo basically there is one each end and rest spread out between them. I have to put a little bit of food over each fish. They all stay at the bottom of the tank and wait for the food to fall down to them and they strike the food real quick. Unless it is bloodworms then I have a couple that are pigs and will come out of their "spot". After they get done eating they come out of their spots back to the middle lvl of the tank again
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