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KishFeeper 01-26-2007 02:57 AM

Red Eye Tetras
Ok i have a fairly good planted tank and i was wondering if my red eye's will destroy my plants and if i should remove them asap. i know they can be nippy but i havent read anything about them liking plants :/

Lupin 01-26-2007 03:01 AM

In my experience, they don't.:) Are those red-eye tetras the ones with the scientific name Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae?:)

KishFeeper 01-26-2007 03:03 AM

yep :D

flatcam1 01-26-2007 03:05 AM

So, are you planning to get red eyes? :D

Lupin 01-26-2007 03:17 AM

If there is one thing that I don't see in them, they aren't that nippy or as vicious as the serpaes. Neither do I view them as plant eaters as some people claimed. If they did, they were hungry and plants are often the last resort to appease their appetite. I had them before along with several tetras but the only tetras I've witnessed nipping are serpaes, black skirts and penguins. Penguins aren't that vicious nippers.

KishFeeper 01-26-2007 03:43 AM

kk thx blue

PS: no i have them i was just wondering since i just set up my 110 with plants etc..

tophat665 02-08-2007 05:14 PM

I've got six red-eyes as dither fish in the loach motel. They maybe nibble on the plants occasionally, but not so you'd notice. I've got cabomba in there, and my reading suggests to me that, if a fish eats plants, they'll go to town on cabomba. It's like the pizza of the plant world. :-)

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