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jr.masterbreeder 01-01-2008 10:37 AM

Flame Tetras
Alright, I know many people dont like this tetra because of its "lack of color." I decided to give them a chance because when tetras become stable in their aquarium they show off brighter colors. It is working and i have decided to give a chance at breeding these fish. Does anyone have any tips on breeding this fish or just caring for them?

herefishy 01-01-2008 12:04 PM

Although I am not currently breeding them, I have in the past. I kept them in relatively soft, acidic water, pH of 6.8. I do not keep records on the GH scale. They were bred in a 15g breeder tank. The tank was sparsely furnished with a sponge filter and planted with diandra and anachris. There were alot of floating plants in the tank. The eggs were clear and hatched in less than 6 days. Fry were free swimmiing in about 4 more days. Initial feeding was basically infusoria for the first weeks, continuing until after they became free swimming. Feedings changed to small baby brine shrimp after about 1 1/2-2 weeks at the free swimming stage.

An added note, many times I keep such fish in a blackwater atmosphere. If I did here, I did not note it. It surprises me that I did not make a note here about that. My notes are usually pretty complete.

jr.masterbreeder 01-01-2008 12:55 PM

Blackwater atmosphere??? Could you elaborate on that please? I am somewhat new in this hobby... (2 years) I still feel stupid sometimes when people use vocabulary i dont understand... :oops:

herefishy 01-01-2008 01:15 PM

Blackwater is water that is tinted a golden color due to tannic acid in the water. Tetra and other manufacturers produce items that contain tanic acid to help replicate the conditions found in these areas. Many SA fish that are found in headwaters of the Amazon are at home in waters that contain heavy amounts of tanic acid. I have seen area in the US, specifically Taquehamon Falls in the UP of Michigan, whose waters are golden due to the high content of tanins.

jr.masterbreeder 01-01-2008 04:55 PM

I used to live up there... But anyways now im from iowa and out PH around here is 8.5. I buffer the water for my tetras before adding it to my tank. to around 6.8-7.0. Is this a good ph for these fish

Lupin 01-02-2008 07:23 PM


Originally Posted by jr.masterbreeder
Is this a good ph for these fish

Yes, but the pH where they breed is usually lower than that. RO could be your best bet. You'll have to replenish its minerals.

jr.masterbreeder 01-06-2008 10:41 AM

its down to about 6.2 now Lupin... should it be a bit lower? or just try it with this PH?[/u]

jr.masterbreeder 01-06-2008 10:43 AM

and sorry but what is RO?

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