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funnyfish 07-12-2008 02:53 AM

buenos aires tetra
I do not see anything about these guys on here? Does anyine here have any experince with these guys good bad or otherwise... We just added 3 of them the three amigos tonight we have a 55 gallon with 4 tux platys, 4 guppies, 2 MM platys, 1 firebelly newt, 1 african dwarf frog, and 1 pleco. All seems good for now. Though all the platys and guppies are very friendly with each other and love to be with each other the new guys have to interest in being friendly yet

willow 07-12-2008 04:52 AM

i think you need them in a larger group,maybe 6
as most tetras prefer to be in a big group,makes them feel
secure,i think the only plant they don't have a nibble at
is java fern..

1077 07-12-2008 02:26 PM

They CAN be relentless Fin Nippers. You may wish to keep an eye on the fins of other fish in the tank. :)

funnyfish 07-12-2008 11:31 PM

Ok so one of the three amigos nipped the side fin off my preg platy and when we tried to put her in the hospital tank she freaked so she is back in the reg tank and I am hoping she makes it through the night so wish me luck... Also the three amigos are back at the LFS where the came from I cant have all my little babies getting hurt

willow 07-13-2008 03:05 AM

sorry to see they didn't work out.
Serpae tetra are also known to be nippy fish,so avoid those too.
how about some pearl gourami,they are mainly top
swimmers,and are pretty fish that colour up well,
one male per tank though.

funnyfish 07-13-2008 12:46 PM

Thanks willow and all of you.. Well momma is ok today and is still doing well in the tank with everyone else she seems to be happy. When we took the others back my boys really wanted to Balloon Mollies.. I know some people disagree with them but they are cute and the are not going to hurt anyone else and I think we are done at least for now... Due to the fact that everyone on there are going to have babies like crazy. So I think its best to let them due their thing and see how many babies we get and if we are planning to keep any.

willow 07-13-2008 03:39 PM

glad i was able to help.
good luck with the mollies,and future babies. :)
keep the tank well planted with either plastic,silk or real plants,
that will increase the survival rate of fry.
and don't forget if you can to post some pics. :)

Pasfur 07-13-2008 06:07 PM

Buenos Aires should be considered as nippy as Tiger Barbs. They are one of the most aggressive small "community" fish that is commonly sold in pet shops. I am disappointed that your pet shop did not warn you ahead of time. You may want to ask yourself if this was an isolated coincidence, or if the LFS actually has your best interest at heart.

On this issue, also avoid the Bucktooth Tetra, which is similar in appearance.

okiemavis 07-13-2008 09:10 PM

Just FYI- the firebelly newt isn't really going to do well in that tank.

They're not meant to be in water over 74 degrees and they need a place above water to hang out. Also, I've heard of them getting sick from something the ADF carries? Not sure about that exactly.

funnyfish 07-14-2008 12:03 AM

I know this doesnt mean a lot but the LFS that we got the newt and the ADF had them both housed together about 20 ADF and 2 newts and they were completey in water .... Thats were we were told this info also anyway I am going to do more looking into this but if you see anything please let me know so I can find all my info I want them to have the best home possible... Thank you for your help.

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