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Claudia - 2011-06-12
I just recently bought 3 neon tetras for my 1 gallon fish tank. One of them has died and the others don't seem to be very active. Would it be best to buy a couple more from the same place to keep them company where there is only 2 now? How do I know if they're sick?

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  • Lisa - 2011-06-12
    Oh my! You need at least a 10 gallon...nothing less! And you need to have a thermometer to read the temp, a heater, filter system - go to walmart and you can buy a 10 gallon kit. Also, join fishchannel.com - really great advice and guidance. It's free. And you can earn points to get free things - like just simply voting for a friends profile there. Also, mainly number one, you should register at the tetra website - they will send you regular emails telling you what to do and when. I've only been keeping fish for 8 weeks and so far none of my fish have died. And they have a number you can call if you ever want to for advice, etc. But, most importantly, you really have to be dedicated to your fish. Its not just putting them in a tank and hope they live. There's weekly water changes, vacuuming gravels weekly, 6 different tests at least 3x a week...please think about all this seriously before you decide to pursue any further. Good luck!
  • Kaleigh - 2011-12-24
    A general rule to remember is one useable gallon to every full grown fish.....neon tetras get to be 1-1/2 inches so each fish will need approx. one and a half gallons
  • Kaleigh - 2011-12-24
    8 weeks?!?! omg you have a LOOONNNNGGG way to go......I've been doing the whole aquarium thing for over 15 years and technically a single neon tetra would be okay (not great) in a one gallon tank if it was literally the only thing in there.....I use a one gallon tank for quarantine
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luciano matthew allee - 2011-03-26
I have 3 neon tetras in a glass bowl. My grandma is gonna get me a 10 gallon tank tomorrow. My neon tetras are named Blue, Venus,& Neptune.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-05-26
    I have three as well. kieth moon, robert plant, and mel gibson (mel gibson i gave to my friend to go with bruce willis)
  • Lisa - 2011-06-12
    In a glass bowl?? Really, you need at least a 10 gallon tank...imagine...It's like you trying to live in a really small bathroom for the rest of your life...Please get a bigger living area for them...
  • Kaleigh - 2011-12-24
    They're fish. In about 3 minutes they'll forget they are even in a bowl.....neon tetras look amazing even in a glass bowl
  • Kaleigh - 2011-12-24
    p.s. I have 4 and their names are rapheal, donetello, leonardo, and mikey ^.^
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Natasha - 2011-12-14
Can they be kept with motoro stingrays in a 75 inch x 36 inch x 36 inch; aquarium?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-12-23
    Tank size, yes. Stingrays need brackish water and will eat the piranhas or get eaten, so no on that part.
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Anonymous - 2011-12-21
Hi, apperently piranhas are illegal in VA but when i looked it up I didnt see any punishment 4 having one please tell me what the punishment is.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-21
    In some states just the possession of a piranha is illegal and you would be subject to a fine and the removal of the piranha. In most states you can have one but you need to have a fish and game license through Fish and Game and follow there rules. Definitely against the law there to release them or breed them. This is a site which will tell you what states accept them and some of the rules. Piranha license
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Jack - 2005-05-31
I have 10 of these great fish along with 10 neon tetras in a 10 gallon tank. I love the way they swim around and how u can see just the neon stripes at night. They are a wonderful fish for all community tanks. I hope they may start to breed so that I can have an excuse to get a bigger tank.

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  • kristin - 2010-06-13
    You NEED a bigger tank. 10 fish is WAY too many for a 10 gallon tank.
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Fish lady - 2011-11-26
I have the skirted tetra that are dyed and there is nothing wrong with having them they are really colorful and everyone who comes to my house loves them. I don't think I would like them as much if they didn't have their very beautiful color. So there is nothing wrong with having dyed ones. I have had a fish aquarium for about 5 years and all my fish have done very well with them.



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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-28
    Thank you.
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Animal-World info on Serpae Tetra
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Chagatai Moto - 2011-11-15
When taking care of Serpae Tetra, make sure that your tank size will fit on them, I have a 15 gallon tank with 6 Serpae Tetras and 3 platies, and by following the rule of " 1 inch of fish per 1 gallon of water" really works, You should know their full grown size before deciding what kind of tank size they need to be stocked, Serpae Tetras, as we know have a 1.5 inch adult size. 6 Serpae Tetras has a total of 9 inches for a 9 gallon of water, and my remaining 6 inches will go to the 3 Platies, Platies have an adult size of 2 inches which has a total of 6 inches for a 6 remaining gallon of water for the 15 gallon tank. Since you have a school of 6 or more Serpae Tetras, it will limit their fin nipping behavior, and most important is you have to cycle your tank appropriately. A good filter, good maintenance, and keeping good water conditions will prevent your fish from death and disease, and finally..you should research your fish for compatible tankmates for a community aquarium.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-17
    Thank you.
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Shelley - 2011-08-19
I had my Serpae tetra die when I removed it from the tank it looked like there was blood in the gill area sshould I be concerned

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  • Chagatai Moto - 2011-11-15
    Check your water conditions, and the stock of fishes you have in your aquarium.
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gixxerk5 - 2010-06-26
Are they supposed to change colors? One minute their lower fin will be black and the next clear it's kinda cool and sometimes their stripes disappear.

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  • nm123 - 2011-11-03
    Out of my understanding they will lose only the black skirt. I have heard. I never heard of them losing there stripes this is probably a cause of stress.

    Did yours lose its stripes yet?

    plz write me back asap
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-11-04
    It's normal for fish of all species to appear to 'change colors'. They can, in fact, however this could be due to reflection and other factors.
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sean - 2011-11-01
I bought four of these fish because they looked cool. I've heard of fish being injected with dye but never dawned on me that this breed could be one that they do this two. I have a green, blue, and pink ones. My fish seem to be healthy but I would have never bought them had I known that. I guess I'll do the research before I buy anymore fish. This is truely horrible

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-01
    Yes, I was a little shocked too. Doesn't sound great to me. However, it is done and you have your fish so just enjoy them. Maybe the coloring came about through the foods.
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