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post #1 of 13 Old 01-22-2012, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Neon Tetra Behavior

I've got 6 neon tetra's in a 5 gallon tank with a yellow snail. They seem to be doing ok, but i was under the assumption that the neons are schooling active fish, my neons all just stay in a corner, and i have one of them that stays away from the rest of the group. They are eating fine and swim all over when there is food in the water, but other then that they stay in said corner.
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-22-2012, 02:01 PM
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When were the neons added? They could just be shy for a while. The same behavior was exhibited by my platies when I got them. After about three days, they were swimming around like they had been in the tank for years. I don't know what is up with the one isolated from the rest, but it might just be the new environment. I hope this helped!
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post #3 of 13 Old 01-22-2012, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, i'll just keep an eye on them. They seem to be healthy.
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post #4 of 13 Old 01-22-2012, 03:26 PM
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How is the tank aquascaped? This species comes from dimly-lit waters that have overhanging vegetation and/or aquatic plants. They also do best in slightly cooler temps, no higher than 77F. Check out the info in the profile, click on Neon Tetra.

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post #5 of 13 Old 01-22-2012, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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That may be what im doing wrong, i have the hood light on during the day its probably to bright for them, and i only have 3 small fake plants spread through the tank. its only a 5 gallon.
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post #6 of 13 Old 01-23-2012, 12:22 PM
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That may be what im doing wrong, i have the hood light on during the day its probably to bright for them, and i only have 3 small fake plants spread through the tank. its only a 5 gallon.
Build up the decor; a chunk of wood, floating plants (live or fake, but live floating plants are easy to maintain). Most tetra like a "roof" above them. They will also likely be out more when they are settled.

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post #7 of 13 Old 01-24-2012, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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I moved them into my 35 tank with some dalmation mollies who are a little more active, the tetras seem to be doing fine now. would you suggest some duckweed or java moss? maybe some water sprite?
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I moved them into my 35 tank with some dalmation mollies who are a little more active, the tetras seem to be doing fine now. would you suggest some duckweed or java moss? maybe some water sprite?
Water Sprite is an ideal floating plant. Java Moss attaches to wood and rock, very natural looking. Duckweed is fine in small tanks, but i am not fond of it as the sole floating plant.

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post #9 of 13 Old 01-24-2012, 11:45 AM
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hi
you may find you need to clear the duckweed on a regular basis,it multiplies
rapidly.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-24-2012, 05:16 PM
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If you have a Hang on Back style filter I wouldn't recommend the Duckweed.
I tried it with mine and the return water pushed the weed under the surface where it was sucked up by the intake tube.
Made a real mess.
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