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viachinski 12-18-2010 06:11 PM

adding honey gouramis to platy tank
 
I have a 25 gallon tank that currently houses all platties.
There are 5 adults and I don't know how many babies. They were all born in my 10galllon tank... I originally bought just two platties, the rest were unplanned pregnancies... After about 4 sets of fry I finally felt bad keeping them in the 10 gallon and moved them all to a new 20 gallon.
I now filled the 10 with 5 serpae tetras and 1 honey gouramis... but the tetras are violent little buggers!
I'm down to 3 tetras (they nipped off each other's fins!) and the gouramis who appears unharmed... BUT I do not trust the tetras anymore and want to move the gouramis to the 20 gallon...
Sorry for the big story, but this way I might get some advice on the tetras too.
I thought that if I had 5 they woulds be fine... and nowhere on the internet have I get found anyone talking about tetras KILLING eachother...

HELP ADVICE PLEASE!!

Pasfur 12-25-2010 09:27 AM

Yes, you would be safe moving the Honey Gouramies to the 20 gallon. However, it would be more appropriate to remove the Serpae Tetras and return them to the LFS. You could then keep the 10 gallon as a species tank just for the Honey Gouramies, or you could add other more peaceful fish which would accompany them better. A small school of Cherry Barbs or a Danios would be a perfect ft.

Serpae Tetras are one of the few Tetras that display aggressive fin nipping when kept in smaller tanks. They are rather peaceful when kept in larger groups in larger tanks, but aquariums of 29 gallons and smaller are probably not the best fit for this species. In fact, my son has a 38 gallon mixed community of fish similar to your tank, and I had to remove the school of 5 Serpae's due to their constant harassment.

viachinski 12-25-2010 03:31 PM

Thank you!
I already moved her in the larger tank...
I will turn the 10g into a guppy tank and will give away the remaining tetras to anyone who already has some and wants more...

fish joey 12-26-2010 07:32 AM

beware of guppies...they breed like alley cats! :-D

viachinski 12-26-2010 03:30 PM

I know! I was going to try for just males..
do you have a better tank idea?

fish joey 12-29-2010 07:12 PM

how about neon tetras?


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