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post #1 of 12 Old 07-17-2010, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Which Tetra Fish has the most personality?

I have several tetra species in my fish tank. Most of them stay around the bottom of the tank so I really want another tetra species that is more outgoing and swims around. Here's what I have:

65 gallon planted tank- High plants in background.Mid size on the sides and Low plants in foreground .

Plenty of open space in front of tank for swimming.Black substrate and background. Pretty Subdued lighting- Lighting is not an issue as I researched all of this when tank was set up 2 years ago.

Parameters are all stable. I clean the tank, filter and change water on a regular basis. Usually once a week or once every two weeks.

Okay, the fish I have are......

5 Panda tetra that are active in the upper level and play tag with each other
10 Cardinal Tetras which don't really swim around a lot - they stay on the bottom of the tank
8 Black Neon Tetras
8 Glowlight Tetras -same as Cardinals - stay on bottom around plants and don't swim around a lot.
2 Red Phantom Tetras (Had 5 but for some reason 3 died over time.Not very hardy for me for some reason and I don't want to replace them. The two are fine swimming together.

I want more color and more activity. Can anyone give me some suggestions?

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post #2 of 12 Old 07-17-2010, 01:48 PM
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My vote is for Serpae tetras. I have 5 in my 75 gal. and they're pretty and active.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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Oops.... I meant that I already have 2 Serpae Tetras not Red Phantom Tetras. I have no idea how I messed that up. For some reason three of the Serpae Tetras died and there are only two left. I have no idea why they died, all the other fish were fine so I didn't know if I wanted to buy any more of them
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Rummynose tetra are very nice and active. They are one of the tetras that tightly shoal together most of the time. I have 15 in my 120g planted tank and they are one of my favorites.
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post #5 of 12 Old 07-17-2010, 02:13 PM
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Oops.... I meant that I already have 2 Serpae Tetras not Red Phantom Tetras. I have no idea how I messed that up. For some reason three of the Serpae Tetras died and there are only two left. I have no idea why they died, all the other fish were fine so I didn't know if I wanted to buy any more of them
Serpaes should be kept in schools of 5 or more. I vote for getting 4 more of them.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #6 of 12 Old 07-17-2010, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I do remember when I had 5 of them they were chasing each other all over the tank. Not in a threatening way but they were everywhere - lol. Hmmmm.... I'll think that one over again
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post #7 of 12 Old 07-17-2010, 03:27 PM
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I have 5 Harlequen Tetras that are very hardy. I have had them over 2 years no deaths. Espe's Rasboras are nice also but smaller in size. I have 5 Von Rio Congo tetras and only have 5 out of the twelve I bought so they are not a very hardy tetra. All in a Community 55 gal. tank with 2 Columbian Rams, 1 bushy nosed pleco, 2 yo yo loaches, 1 female fancy guppy. I will add 1 angelfish in a few months as my center peice and the biggest fish but plan on getting a baby about the size of a nickel.
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-18-2010, 05:42 AM
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I agree with upping the number of serpae tetras as they'll be more comfortable that way and probably more active as well. What about some hatchets for the top level of your tank? They're not extremely active but will give you something to look at in the upper half of your tank.

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post #9 of 12 Old 07-18-2010, 11:11 AM
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Oops.... I meant that I already have 2 Serpae Tetras not Red Phantom Tetras. I have no idea how I messed that up. For some reason three of the Serpae Tetras died and there are only two left. I have no idea why they died, all the other fish were fine so I didn't know if I wanted to buy any more of them
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Well, I do remember when I had 5 of them they were chasing each other all over the tank. Not in a threatening way but they were everywhere - lol. Hmmmm.... I'll think that one over again
This is exactly why you should not have Serpae Tetra in this tank. If you care to read the fish profile (click on the shaded name) you will note that they must be in a larger group, say 8 absolute minimum but double that would be better. I don't need to repeat all the info in the profile, please have a look at it.

The "chasing" is actually very threatening, the fish were under considerable stress which may well have contributed to their demise. You're just luck they didn't turn on the other fish as they frequently will in such situations.

In spite of being quite attractive and always (it seems) available, they are really not good community fish.

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post #10 of 12 Old 07-18-2010, 11:50 AM
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How about congo tetras?

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
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