hey :-) i have a 33g amazon flooded forest biotope tank (recently become flooded forest) and i have 6 German blue rams with 9 black neon and 8 serpae tetra... everything i have read about these fish was that they are huge fin nippers so i was wondering if they will be okay with the GBR?
here is a pic of the tank...
i have them in a school of 8 and they seem to be just chasing themselves around but i have noticed a bit of tearing on the GBR's fins... the GBR are much larger and can hold their own against them. I put a pile of driftwood in the tank so the GBR's can hide if they have to.... is there any way i can reduce the fin nipping?
a pic of the pile of driftwood and of a serpae tetra....
The serpae tetra don't usually bother the other fish in the tanks but i am still worried about my GBR;s fins :-? any tips or tricks greatly appreciated :-)
Other ways to reduce nipping is to remove temptation. And this is where we come to your rams. No cichlid should be kept with nippy fish; cichlids are fairly slow, sedate fish, and many of them have longer extensions on the dorsal and caudal fins. These slightly-waving fins is like a red flag to a bull. And it is a misconception to think that size matters here, it doesn't. Even full grown cichlids can be harassed by fin-nipping tiny 1-inch fish, and to the point of death. And sometimes even if no actual physical damage occurs. Fish send out chemical signals, pheromones, and other fish read them. This alone can cause stress. But your observation of torn fins on the rams is pretty conclusive as to the culprit source.
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