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Anonymous - 2014-07-28
I have an unoccupied tank and there are a few mosquito larvae in it. is it okay if a put fish in it? or do I need to get them out?

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will - 2014-07-16
I just bought mine for 15.99 😀 and i witnessed it eat its first deeder fish, i also have 2 oscars a little bit greater in size and they are some bullies but i will let the armatus get a bit bigger and see whos the bully at the end lol

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melissa - 2014-07-09
I have seen diamond tetras in my local aquarium and think they are mesmerising. I have a 90L tank with six corydora leopards, four otocinclus and two rams. Would five or six diamond tetras be okay with my other fish and would they be okay with my two rams?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I have kept diamond tetras, and they truly are mesmorizing! I don't see any problem with your fish mix, and your tank is definitely large enough to house them. You didn't mention if you have any decor, but plants will also help with the mix, providing places for retreat as well as psychological comfort.
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sabina - 2014-07-01
I bought one yesterday but it doesn't want to eat....what to do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    He will only eat live foods, perhaps try mixing up the offerings... feeder fish one day, worms another.
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Angie Higgs - 2014-06-27
I have twelve of these guys with my Neon Tetra's and my green Neon Tetra's which is sometimes called the False Neon Tetra. They are all Cousins and all school together and they also group off and they mix up, so I'm unsure if they see each other as all the same. The Cardinal Tetra is Beautiful, but so are their cousins, and if anything the Green Neons are colouring up just like my Cardinals. They love to School in the Flow and its a Beautiful Sight. The Green Neon Tetra's usually start this and then the Cardinals join in and the Neon Tetra's. They all seem so happy together and make my tank look Beautiful. I just can't stop watching them!

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Nate - 2010-12-22
I added 4 Red Serpa Tetras to my 75 gallon tank and they started of shoaling together very well. Now two weeks later they are constantly nipping at each other. I have 7 red wag fry (three months old) 3 adult red wags. I also have one dalmatian molly (the other two didn't survive after a case of ich). They don't bother any of the other fish including the fry. Now one of the Tetras has a huge chunk ripped out of his top (dorsal?) fin. Any way to tame these once calm fish?

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  • bill - 2011-05-01
    I had same problem with four. Increased the number to six and the problem is gone.
  • Jason - 2013-12-02
    Well I have 20 serpraes in my 50 gallon. I notice that serpraes like to nip at each others and other fish's fins. They do that because if they are nipping each other they are establishing ranks as the small 1 inch serpraes are getting bossed around by my 2 inch ones. Generally keep serpraes in a species only tank as then they won't nip other fishes. Also one thing: ESPECIALLY DO NOT KEEP THEM WITH LONG FINNED FISH! I learned that the hard way my pair of phillipine blue zebra angels got some of their fins nipped by my serpraes. And you should add more serpraes, the more serpraes the less fin nipping as my serpraes don't bother my discus because they are busy nipping each other. Honestly tetras are fish that can easily be overcrowded, you could have 10 inches of tetra per 1 gallon (that's why they have like 100 tetras in a 10-15 gallon tank in the LFS and the major fish stores too).
  • Reggie - 2014-06-25
    100 tetras in a 10 gallon tank? No offense but very bad advice, my friend. 10 inch per gallon as well as 1 inch per gallon are both poor rules. A 10 inch Oscar , 100 Small tetras need a 125 gallon tank, 100 Large Tetra species need 200 gallons at the very least.
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Angie Higgs - 2014-06-21
I have nine Diamond Tetra's and they are my favourite fish of all time, they are just beautiful to look at in the tank. I am so proud of them, they have bred in my Community Tank and I had four Fry survive from the breeding. To this day the fry have grown up to healthy Diamond Tetra's the First fry that I saw in the tank is now a Beautiful Male with long flowing fins' the other three born a little later are coming along very well. When I go up to my Community Tank it is always them that come up to me too say hello, my other tetra's are not as friendly. Yes the Diamond Tetra is my Favourite Fish and I hope they breed again, they are Lovely Fish.

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Jake - 2014-06-16
I have three of these guys in my 29 gallon blackwater aquarium. To add more color, I purchased a shoal of 9 neon tetras. Within an hour of their introduction, my shoal was down to two neons. The two survivors look stressed and I want to get them into a school again. Any suggestions on how I can stop them from eating neons?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    It sounds like, from their point of view, that 'neons are on the menu!' I don't think you will be able to keep these fish together in your current tank, perhaps if you get a bigger tank with lots of plants and hiding places, you may keep them together successfully, but these guys they now see them as lunch.
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floridafishkeeper - 2014-06-15
I have three of these fish in my 29 gallon amazon blackwater aquarium, along with one panda corydoras. To bring more activity to the tank, I bought a shoal of nine neon tetras. Within an hour of bringing them home, the trio had eaten seven out of nine of the neon tetras. Is this normal?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    Hey Jake, I answered this below... but here's a re-cap: 'It sounds like, from their point of view, that 'neons are on the menu!' I don't think you will be able to keep these fish together in your current tank, perhaps if you get a bigger tank with lots of plants and hiding places, you may keep them together successfully, but these guys they now see them as lunch.'
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Chris F - 2014-06-01
I have 4 black neon tetras and 3 swordtails, two of my swordtails died and left one female, will she be ok with the tetras? She chases them around but never nips at them.

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