03-11-2012, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Adamson
I decided that since it is a schooling fish that can get to a foot long, and my biggest tank is only 4 feet long that it would be best not to go that route. I took it back and got 10 Red Minor Tetras instead, don't know much about them but I enjoy watching schools!
I do not like always bearing bad news, but I would not be helping if I didn't mention it. This species of tetra is known to be troublesome. It is the Serpae Tetra in our profiles. Fin nipping is common. You did get a good sized group, so the nipping may be confined within the group and not extend to other species. But, it cannot be kept with sedate or long-finned fish due to the nipping tendency. A very pretty little fish, and lovely in a planted tank on its own, or with substrate fish. In a 4-foot tank like you mentioned, some other shoaling fish will be OK, provided they are also active and not long-finned. Angelfish, discus, gourami and similar would be completely out with this tetra.