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eileen 11-11-2010 11:37 AM

Tetra's what kind to get?
 
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I"m going to be down sizing my tank. I currently have a 55 gal. tank with only 15 fish. I'm keeping the pool filter sand, the bio sponge in filter and pads, all the live plants and rocks, driftwood. I want to get a 29 gal. bowfront or 30 gal. tank. Due to moving next year and to a smaller home.

I want to put 2 of my Black Swordtails and my 3 Orca black platies in that tank. I have back barkground so my plants will look good. Since I will be keeping all my live plants from my 55 gal. I thought it might be nice to have a small school of tetras that are small. I currently have 5 Von Rio Red Congo Tetras, and 5 Harlequen Rasboras. I will be rehoming these as they are to big. I want to get a smaller tetra that will go good with my Blk. Swordtails and Black platies. I like the Neon color of the Neon tetra but I heard that they do not do good sometimes. I have hard water about 7.5-7.8 PH. I used White Cloud tetras to cycle my 20 gal. and they were very hardy none died. Petco has a sale from Oct.31-Nov-20, 2010 on Tetras .99 cents each. Neon Tetras, Black Tetras, Long Fin Zebra Danios. Out of these what are the (Hardiest) or do you think I should get a small group of White Clouds as I know a place that sells them as feeders for 10 for $1.
I posted a picture of my Black Swordtails, and Black Orca platies. The Blk. Swordtails have a blueish shimmer to the body.

thefishboy 11-11-2010 02:43 PM

I have a shoal of 10 neons in my 27g and my ph is 7.6 and they are doing grreat they alos are in with platys and swords.....

Byron 11-11-2010 03:25 PM

Some of the "tetra" mentioned are not tetras technically speaking, as you may know; stores like to use the name "tetra" because most people have a concept (perhaps inaccurate:-?) of what a "tetra" is, so the fish is more likely to sell. White clouds are one frequently named a tetra, though they could hardly be further apart from the characins. White clouds are minnows, and manage in basic harder water but long-term they need cooler temperatures as it notes in our profile. Zebras are danios, and these also manage in basic water.

Of the true characin tetra, Pristella maxillaris is a good one for basic water; this species interestingly occurs in acidic and basic water in different parts of its natural habitat. There are some others that have been tank raised for several years now, like the neon, glowlight, etc., and "manage" in basic harder water. But not surprisingly, they either lack full colour, or develop more health issues, or die prematurely. I see no reason not to think this is due to the effect of stress from water parameters that are not "natural" to the fish, notwithstanding generations of tank breeding. But of course, this in itself has other detrimental issues for most of these fish, as science is now finding out.

There are some colourful cyprinids that can manage in basic water, you might want to glance through our profiles, as there are a couple included if memory serves me.

Byron.

eileen 11-11-2010 04:39 PM

Thanks for the reply back. I will look at the profiles. I was thinking the White clouds, Neon Tetra, or Black neon tetra as those are the one's on sale and I can get a nice group. I'm thinking the Neons might be nice with the Black swordtails because of how colorful they are. I looked up the size and and it said 1.5" at max. Danios can get up to 3".

Byron 11-11-2010 04:57 PM

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Originally Posted by eileen (Post 511058)
Thanks for the reply back. I will look at the profiles. I was thinking the White clouds, Neon Tetra, or Black neon tetra as those are the one's on sale and I can get a nice group. I'm thinking the Neons might be nice with the Black swordtails because of how colorful they are. I looked up the size and and it said 1.5" at max. Danios can get up to 3".

Zebra danio rach 2 inches max... but something I noticed I forgot previously is that all the danio like to swim, more than most characins. That is something to consider in building a community, though there are no especially sedate fish in this equation so this is less of an issue. But the more active nature of the Zebra may provide more interest... And the Black Neon, aside from water parameter issues, is less colourful...


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