07-28-2009, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
Assuming this is the 30g tank in the videos (nice aquarium by the way), a couple of suggestions. Add a background, something as simple as plain black (or dark gray) paper covering the outside rear wall. That will make quite a difference to the fish and the appearance, to help show them better; avoid "scenes' which tend to distract from the fish and lants in the aquarium.
All the fish you have are shoaling fish, living together in groups; such fish are naturally somewhat timid when kept singly (the zebra) or just two or three. If you had 6+ of each of the tetras and zebra, you would probably see quite an improvement. Also, these fish all come from quite dark waters, due to overhanging vegetation, aquatic plants, and/or blackwater (tannins). Darkening their environment by adding the background will work in this direction, as would a few more plants and some dark bogwood to replicate their natural habitats. I like the natural appearance of your gravel.
Aside from the above, how often are you (or others) in the room? Fish in a store are used to people passing them constantly, but when we put them in our home aquaria, they quickly become accostomed to more quiet, especially if there are not people regularly moving about near the tank.
Thank you! I will probably buy 2 more tetra and 4 more zebras. I am in the room quite a bit (it's my bedroom).
I will also try getting a background and more plants like you suggested, thanks for the help!