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Calmwaters 06-12-2010 04:05 PM

Ember Tetras?
 
Has any one ever kept these cute little guys? I saw them at the LFS this week and am thinking I might like to get a group of 6 or so and maybe some ghost shrimp to put into the 10 gallon tank I will be moveing my Bolivian Rams from. Nut I want to learn more about them first. Here is a picture of the tank they would go into. Thanks for any help you guys can give me.
Amanda
http://i499.photobucket.com/albums/r...6-11-10015.jpg

Mikaila31 06-12-2010 04:49 PM

They are cute little fish. Pretty simple, no special needs. Mine have proved to be very hardy since they were the only fish that survived my main tank crashing.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...P1100109-1.jpg

Calmwaters 06-12-2010 05:01 PM

Thank you. I love there color and I think they will look really good with my dark gravel and plants.

Byron 06-12-2010 11:05 PM

Yes, they will sparkle with a dark substrate in your planted 10g. I have 11 in my 90g. You can read more about them in our fish profile, click on the shaded name to go there, Hyphessobrycon amandae. I would get 8 or 9 for your 10g; they are one of the few "dwarf" tetras.

Byron.

Calmwaters 06-13-2010 09:37 AM

Would it be ok to put 8-9 as well as a few ghost shrimp as bottom cleaners?

Byron 06-13-2010 12:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Calmwaters (Post 403626)
Would it be ok to put 8-9 as well as a few ghost shrimp as bottom cleaners?

I was previously going to suggest something for the bottom, dwarf corys maybe. Shrimp will be fine except for water parameters. Embers require soft acidic water as noted in the profile in order to be at their best and colourful. Shrimp need calcium for their exoskeleton. I've no direct experience with shrimp, so I can't say how critical this is. A compromise might be something around neutral.

Calmwaters 06-13-2010 01:06 PM

My water hardness is around 8, ph stays around 6.8 so that should work for the tetras I will do more research on the shrimp before I get them. Thank you again now I just hope she still has them when I am off work this week on Wednesday.

Byron 06-13-2010 01:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Calmwaters (Post 403776)
My water hardness is around 8, ph stays around 6.8 so that should work for the tetras I will do more research on the shrimp before I get them. Thank you again now I just hope she still has them when I am off work this week on Wednesday.

That sounds fine. B.


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