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hisham - 2010-09-09
Can albino congo tetras live with discus?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-09-20
    I wouldnt put the two of them in the same tank because of the different temperatures they do best in.
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MIke C - 2004-11-28
These Fish are amazing, the colouration of them is usually not seen while at the store, but once they grow up a bit they glow (more obvious when not looked at straight on).

They can reach a max length of 5" tho, so make sure you have a larger tank for these fish. I have 4 in a 75Gal and they play well, tho they are agressive when fed (will knock other fish out of the way for food)

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-09
    They are certainly a beautiful, and exciting specimen for most community aquariums!
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nm123 - 2012-01-09
do these fish comonly have swim bladder disease?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-09
    No
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Anonymous - 2012-01-05
My science teachers pacu tore its top lip off and hit the side of its tank pretty hard, she can't afford a bigger tank for the pacu and its fins are starting to deteriorate!HELP!!!!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-05
    The Black Pacu will go as much as 3 1/2 feet and weigh as much as 60 pounds. A thousand gallon tank is required for this size fella. If not, then stunting and/or death will occur.
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nm123 - 2012-01-05
I have been watching my black phantom tetras over the last week and only 1 (one) of them died from swim bladder disease now only 2 (two) of them are left my qustion is. Is the black phantom tetra prone to swim bladder disease? ps he got this disease out of nowhere or did he get it from one of the other fish

oh almost forgot none of the other fish in my tank have swim bladder disease and out of all the fish I kept in my tank I never had a fish have swim bladder disease

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Cesar Wilkins - 2012-01-04
We have them here in Panama too, yes they are too agressive, even cannibal, we use them here as bait. Get at leas 100 of them for a few hours of good bass fishing.

I used to keep some for Aquarium, they are inmortal thoug lol!!!

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nm123 - 2011-12-28
Thanks a lot the red tailed shark has seemed to calm down a little over the past few days

oh and everyone have a happy new year

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-29
    I am glad - just watch them.
  • nm123 - 2011-12-29
    ok
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Katie - 2009-11-27
I have two black-skirt tetras in a ten gallon tank. These fish were kept with three danios (two long finned), two ghost shrimp, an ADF, and one chinese alge eater. These tetras DO NOT like long-finned fish. It nipped at my betta's tail when he was in the tank, and had recently killed one of my danios, I give the other one till the morning... his fin has been nipped at and is frayed from the ends. The small finned danio is fine. Also the chinese alge eater loves them. They are great fish to keep, i just suggest that you try not to add new fish, nor put them with long-tailed fish.

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  • Skeith - 2010-06-24
    Well if your danios are slow, they will be attacked. I've researched a lot of fish and the Black Tetra will nip at slow moving fish and acts aggressively towards them. Be careful.
  • Anonymous - 2011-12-29
    Add a compatible tropical fish. Add in even numbers. Not in odd!!
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nm123 - 2011-12-28
Help I got 3 phantom tetras yesterday and forgot to move the decorations in my 30 gallon tank. After I put the phantom tetras in I have seen that only my red tailed shark is chasing them almost all day around the tank is this normal and if it is will the red tailed shark stop chasing them soon

thanks please get back to me as soon as possible

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-28
    I'd separate the red tailed from the phontom tetras. Sure doesn't sound good and even if they are supposed to get along there is always a Ted bundy.
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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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