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shmish 02-05-2012 02:59 PM

cherry barb tails
I started with 9 red eye tetras and 9 cherry barbs over a year ago. After losing a couple of fish, the population stabilized. However, the cherry barbs keep dying for reasons unknown. I noticed another one that is about die today - it's small and has had its tail chewed off.

I'm wondering if other people have had problems with keeping red eye tetras with cherry barbs?

I have only 2 cherry barbs left, they both look healthy. Should bring some other fish into the aquarium. I have 7 of the tetras and the 3 barbs (soon to be 2)

Byron 02-07-2012 05:36 PM

That could be fin and tail rot, I'm not much on diagnosing disease. Have you observed any chasing or nipping by the tetra? This is possible, esp in a small tank. Many characins become nippy when they feel crowded.


EimajElocin 02-07-2012 05:49 PM

Byron is right, it could easily be fin or tail rot.

For some reason though, I've never had any luck with keeping tetras. Even a school in a rather large tank they died. I noticed they were fin nipping at each other, so I added more plants, and "hidey holes" yet in about a month, all had died.

Therefore, I simply don't keep them anymore. All my other tanks are splendid though.

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