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Old 07-24-2011, 02:48 AM   #11
 
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My wife thinks the unknown tetra may be a lemon tetra.

Same sape, litte more of a skinner body type, almost seethrough like a "glass" type fish, with a black speck on its dorsal fin(that is the top fin right? im pulling a blank)
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:30 AM   #12
 
Yeah.. if you click on the profile of the Lemon Tetra, there are 4 pictures. As the 2nd one shows they can be fairly clear.
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Old 07-24-2011, 12:04 PM   #13
 
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Could rehome fish that came with a tank set up

Would it be better if you rehomed the neon tetra on craigslist for free or something to someone that has a nice school of them or the other tetras as they do much better in a small school of their own kind. I like keeping 2 schools of the same tetras only in a community tank. The ones that I might only have 2 or 3 I find new homes for. Someone that has the same type of tetras to add to their school of them. They do so much better in a group of 6-10 over a a tiny school or no school of their own kind.

I recently bought a 10 gal. tank on craigslist for $20. I wanted to use it for baby fish and use a tank divider that I got at www.petmountain.com a Lee's 10 gal. aquarium divider. Neat divider for an assortment of fish to seperate.

The tank came with 2 Koi. Poor Koi in a tiny 10 gal. tank. It came with new gravel, nice aquarium decorations, filter, hood with light. I rehomed the 2 Koi to my friend that has a pond in her backyard. Lucky for them. I reused the gravel for smaller tanks that I'm trying to sell right now, Craigs listed the Aquarium decorations for $12 for the whole set. So the 10 gal. tank cost me $8 and I could have sold those Koi on Craigslist if my friend did ot take them so the cost of the tank would have been lower.

I have livebearer fish in my 30 gal. bowfront tank with is a community tank, BN pleco, 7 neon tetras,3 amano shrimps, I recently bought a nickel size angelfish for that tank just to eat the baby fry that are born every month. I can not keep them all. I figure the strong and healthy ones will survive. Having the blue gouarmi will keep the livebearer population down. I love livebearers for their color but those guys breed like rabbits.

It's always a good idea to rehome fish for aquarium store credit or sell them on craigslist as some that come with a tank are just so big or not what some people like as they are aggressive towards other fish. It works out good and you can go ahead and get the fish you really want to keep. I alway include some tropical flake food or extra live plants that I need to thinned out with the fish I rehome that I sell for cheap.

I get tied of certain fish and change out my fish for other kinds and rehome them instead of buying more tanks as my biggest is 30 gal. and I only want to keep 5 tanks running with a few QT tanks for holding new fish or fish that are sick. I hope all works out well for you and your new tank and fish.

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Old 07-24-2011, 04:43 PM   #14
 
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Would it be better if you rehomed the neon tetra on craigslist for free or something to someone that has a nice school of them or the other tetras as they do much better in a small school of their own kind. I like keeping 2 schools of the same tetras only in a community tank. The ones that I might only have 2 or 3 I find new homes for. Someone that has the same type of tetras to add to their school of them. They do so much better in a group of 6-10 over a a tiny school or no school of their own kind.

I recently bought a 10 gal. tank on craigslist for $20. I wanted to use it for baby fish and use a tank divider that I got at www.petmountain.com a Lee's 10 gal. aquarium divider. Neat divider for an assortment of fish to seperate.

The tank came with 2 Koi. Poor Koi in a tiny 10 gal. tank. It came with new gravel, nice aquarium decorations, filter, hood with light. I rehomed the 2 Koi to my friend that has a pond in her backyard. Lucky for them. I reused the gravel for smaller tanks that I'm trying to sell right now, Craigs listed the Aquarium decorations for $12 for the whole set. So the 10 gal. tank cost me $8 and I could have sold those Koi on Craigslist if my friend did ot take them so the cost of the tank would have been lower.

I have livebearer fish in my 30 gal. bowfront tank with is a community tank, BN pleco, 7 neon tetras,3 amano shrimps, I recently bought a nickel size angelfish for that tank just to eat the baby fry that are born every month. I can not keep them all. I figure the strong and healthy ones will survive. Having the blue gouarmi will keep the livebearer population down. I love livebearers for their color but those guys breed like rabbits.

It's always a good idea to rehome fish for aquarium store credit or sell them on craigslist as some that come with a tank are just so big or not what some people like as they are aggressive towards other fish. It works out good and you can go ahead and get the fish you really want to keep. I alway include some tropical flake food or extra live plants that I need to thinned out with the fish I rehome that I sell for cheap.

I get tied of certain fish and change out my fish for other kinds and rehome them instead of buying more tanks as my biggest is 30 gal. and I only want to keep 5 tanks running with a few QT tanks for holding new fish or fish that are sick. I hope all works out well for you and your new tank and fish.


As for me I have been wanting to get a shoal of neons cause i have had them in the past and love them, so today im going in to try and get some neons, some Pristella Tetra (thats what the last tetra is) and maybe 1 more black skirt, and next week im doing some house chores for my grandma to earn mor money and ill be picking up what ever i couldnt get today, probably 1 more danio, 3 more cherry barbs, and 4 more red eyed tetra and how ever many more neons and Pristella Tetras i still need to get

My cherry barbs, black skirted tetra, and red eyed tetra i orginally bought as shoals but i often get ich when i have baby fish so i loose alot of fish and just havent had the money to go and rebuild my shoals
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:12 PM   #15
 
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You may want to wait til Petco has a sale on Neon tetras. I bought all mine when they had a sale 5 or $5 or $1 each. I bought 12 of them. Some died so I have 7 now. Neon tetras are sensitive to water qty. or new tanks. I don't like the Black Shirt tetras as I find them nippy to other fish. The ones that I really like are the Harlequen rasboras I think they are the hardiest tetra that I have ever had. I also like Glow light tetras. Petco has tetras on sale every now and then for 5 for $5 or $1 each like the Black light tetra. Maybe you can sell some of your livebearer baby fish on craigslist and save that money to buy fish but doing chores is also good.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:27 PM   #16
 
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You may want to wait til Petco has a sale on Neon tetras. I bought all mine when they had a sale 5 or $5 or $1 each. I bought 12 of them. Some died so I have 7 now. Neon tetras are sensitive to water qty. or new tanks. I don't like the Black Shirt tetras as I find them nippy to other fish. The ones that I really like are the Harlequen rasboras I think they are the hardiest tetra that I have ever had. I also like Glow light tetras. Petco has tetras on sale every now and then for 5 for $5 or $1 each like the Black light tetra. Maybe you can sell some of your livebearer baby fish on craigslist and save that money to buy fish but doing chores is also good.

Well i was really hoping they had the 5 for 5 or even the 10 for 10 today, thats usually when i buy tetras and barbs, my skirts are nippy but only to each other and not to bad, but i had enough to pick up 2 neons and i got a Gold Gourami who is tiny, and im hoping its a he, if not then next week ill see if they have a he in, i did see a he, but the assicoate might have gotton the wrong one, i had to show him which was a he, and he was like "oh so like cichlids" he is a really good assicoate, one of my favorites, always a big help, oh and they had 5 little platy or molly babies that he swooped up for me :)
but monday or tuesday ill go and pick up more fish, only have to do chores for a few more weeks to earn my momey, cause im getting a full time job when school starts. Child care, so while all my friends are in school ill be doing preschool/ daycare with one of my friends mom :) SO excited, and she lives right down the street, and im still underage so i dont have to pay rent or anything like that with my pay checks, but im going to save most of my money

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Old 07-24-2011, 09:29 PM   #17
 
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And as far as my live breeders go all i have is guppy fry, i did have 50-60 fry, a mix between guppy and molly, but as i was gone, like i suspected, i lost alot of babies, and im left with just the 15 baby guppies, so i dont think those will sell great on craigslist

But im hoping to breed my Gouramis and sell them



Anyone know when the male is sexually mature?
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:42 PM   #18
 
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Here is some picts of my Skirts
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:25 AM   #19
 
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Nice pictures. Your background color is really bright. Did you ever think of putting a Black background?

I changed all my background to Black and the colorful fishes colors look great against it and the plants look so much better.Algae does not show up as much against the black background. I used black contact paper which has a plastic coating but you can use a a black plastic table cloth that they sell at a party supply store as those are plastic also.

Here are some pictures of a couple of my tanks with the black background. Notice how the plants and the colorful Blue Metalic endlers colors just pop against that color. The first picture is on my Black Crystal shrimp notice the blue/white thing on the wood. Not the best clear picture of it.Your black
skirts and the neon tetras and orange swordtailfish will look so nice against Black and you have a nice black,pinkish gravel.
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:32 AM   #20
 
+1 to Eileen. I had heard about using a dark background so I eventually tried it out. The difference is amazing. Not only do the fish colors pop out more, some fish actually brighten in colors because they feel secure with the dark. Get a double bonus there.
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