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SophieThomas 10-18-2009 03:35 PM

Antisocial Tetra??
 
A week ago we introduced three long-finned black skirt tetras into our tank which is in the process of cycling. All the fish in the tank are happy, healthy, and very active except for one of the tetras which seems to actually hide from the other two.

My initial reaction was that it seemed he was stressed from all the jostling around so I figured he would just perk up over the week. He hasn't so I though maybe he's just a fifth wheel and needs a few more friends so I picked up another three. Now, the five are schooling and he is actually hiding in the pleco cave (the pleco seems pretty chill about the whole thing).

A few days ago I noticed that he had signs of being nipped at. Is he perhaps being bullied? I suspect that the two other original tetras are a male/female that have paired up (one is quite large and growing and the other is smaller with a wider anal fin with serious fin nip). Is it possible that the male from the pair is chasing the third away? What can we do to make the isolated one more comfortable?

kelly528 10-18-2009 03:44 PM

6 is the absolute minimum you should keep. Tetras and Danios are schooling fish who chase and nip each other to establish a primitive social order. Adding a few more to the group will not affect the bioload too much, and will divide the attention of the tetras doing the nipping.

SophieThomas 10-18-2009 04:19 PM

That's what I suspected when I purchased the three but when I discussing it with the shopkeep he was saying that three is the minimum and I shouldn't add more than that to a tank that is cycling.

Since then (over the last two weeks) I have noticed that even with the 8 danios, pleco, and now the tetras (the first 3 were added a week ago and the second 3 today) are not stressing the tank but rather seem to aid the cycling process with their introduction of ammonia. I'm glad to hear that I haven't made a silly mistake adding another three :-) I hope my little antisocial one will be okay!!

SophieThomas 10-19-2009 10:38 PM

So my antisocial tetra is still as antisocial as ever. He hides behind the roots and rock with the pleco and will not school with the other 5. He even eats the pleco food instead of going after the flakes. What could be wrong with him? Or, does he really just have a solitary personality?

willieturnip 10-22-2009 11:09 AM

I suppose he might just be a loner? It can't be impossible..

SophieThomas 10-22-2009 11:12 AM

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Originally Posted by willieturnip (Post 261674)
I suppose he might just be a loner? It can't be impossible..


I'm going to go with that. There doesn't seem to be anything physically wrong and the tank is healthy. He must just like to be alone.

kelly528 10-22-2009 02:45 PM

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Originally Posted by SophieThomas (Post 261679)
I'm going to go with that. There doesn't seem to be anything physically wrong and the tank is healthy. He must just like to be alone.


Whoa sweet! An abbotsfordian! I'm actually from Maple Ridge!

For future reference, never go with the word of a LFS. Unless they happen to Aquatic Addictions ^^. in a small enough school, it is possible for some fish to be bullied and outcast. Perhaps this is the case. Can't hurt to add one more.

SophieThomas 10-22-2009 09:12 PM

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Originally Posted by kelly528 (Post 261819)
Whoa sweet! An abbotsfordian! I'm actually from Maple Ridge!

For future reference, never go with the word of a LFS. Unless they happen to Aquatic Addictions ^^. in a small enough school, it is possible for some fish to be bullied and outcast. Perhaps this is the case. Can't hurt to add one more.


Well heya! :-D

I started with three and added another three when i realized he seemed to be an outcast. I do suspect that initially he was being a little picked on for sure. He started off with beautiful fins and they're certainly a little tattered now. The details of it is that the original other two are a female and a male and the male seems to be a little dominant. When the other three were added I hoped he would partner up with one of them but now the five of them have formed a perfect little group.

kelly528 10-22-2009 10:52 PM

Aww... poor lil guy! At least he has a pleco to keep him company :)

SophieThomas 10-23-2009 12:33 AM

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Originally Posted by kelly528 (Post 262147)
Aww... poor lil guy! At least he has a pleco to keep him company :)

lol yah. It's actually pretty cute. The pleco chases everyone else away from his food but this one tetra:lol: Taking that into consideration perhaps I should just be happy he has a friend. I guess it doesn't have to be other tetras.


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