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post #1 of 7 Old 11-09-2010, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Help with identification of these little guys

Can you please help me ID this fish? I was careless when I purchased them a few weeks back, and normally would not care, but I am suspecting they took out a school of four neon tetras, so I want to research them a little further.I suspect them because they appear to nip at each other all day long. Although, I want to give them the benefit of the doubt because I'm going through the middle stages of establishing my tank as well, and my ammonia levels had recently spiked a little to .25 ppm, so just want to research these guys a little more. Thanks in advance for your help! Please use the link below for pics.Note the long anal fins, and dark spots on dorsal fin and behind the gills. Pics are a little blurry as these guys are FAST.

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-09-2010, 02:49 PM
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They look to me like Red Serpae Tetra to me!! Google it and see if they look similar..

26 Gallon Community:
5 Platies

4 Mollies

3 Guppys

1 Swordtail
11 Neon Tetras
1 Red Tailed Shark
Opaline Gourami
BN Pleco
Snakes-
Coral: Rat X Corn
CoCo: Rat

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They look like rosy barbs to me (not 100% sure) but google rosy barb and have a look at some of the pics to compare, they come in a few different varieties.

But if so they are a schooling fish and may become aggressive if kept in small numbers, also they are pretty hardy so they should be ok if your water is not perfect right away.
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They look to me like Red Serpae Tetra to me!! Google it and see if they look similar..

You are right, looks much more like what you posted....
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I dont think there are Rosy Barbs... Serpae Tetras look closer ...

26 Gallon Community:
5 Platies

4 Mollies

3 Guppys

1 Swordtail
11 Neon Tetras
1 Red Tailed Shark
Opaline Gourami
BN Pleco
Snakes-
Coral: Rat X Corn
CoCo: Rat

R.I.P Saphire You'll always be in my heart






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post #6 of 7 Old 11-09-2010, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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They look to me like Red Serpae Tetra to me!! Google it and see if they look similar..
FANTASTIC! Thank you very much, they are def Serpae Tetra's! Thanks so much for the fast reply, I really appreciate it!

and I think I found my tetra killers....the neons were very small

Compatibility/Temperament: Sometimes peaceful, but known to be aggressive and a fin nipper. Must be kept in a group, minimum 6 but 8+ is more likely to help curb the fish's aggressive (fin-nipping) tendancies. Should never be kept with slow or long-fin fish (guppies, angels, discus, gourami, betta) but only with active species.

Read more: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/p...#ixzz14pWUMzOT

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post #7 of 7 Old 11-10-2010, 04:14 PM
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You've got your answers; they are Hyphessobrycon eques which are seen under various common names including Red Minor Tetra and Serpae Tetra. And you've linked our profile, so you've obviously now read the "why."

I would just caution that if you only have 4 (or anything less than 8) and they have already exhibited aggressive tendencies, you will not have success with any other fish in the same tank. For their size they are very feisty. Sometimes they are relatively peaceful, but most often not, and yours are in the latter group obviously. Like the proverbial leopard, they will not "change their spots." You may want to get rid of them, or get more and devote the aquarium just to this species. They are pretty. Same holds for the Tiger Barb. They are always a risk because the aggression is not guaranteed but is more likely than not.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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