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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).
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boostedwrx - 2013-10-14
How many feeder fish should my barracuda eat in 1 day? He is 3-4 inches.

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mathieu - 2013-10-11
Those fish are so cool when they turn arund.

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bambeckham - 2013-09-04
Hi guys, I have 1 Payara Armatus about 5 inches & it looks fine in my tank. But I am just worried about his fangs, there is only one left. I do not know how that happened. My question is, will his fangs will grow back or what?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-08
    They will drop their teeth as they grow, but it will grow back quickly so no worries.
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adam - 2013-08-30
I have 12 silver dollars in my tank and only 1 is female she had ova a couple hundred eggs today, very happy!

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Chadwick Mcconnell - 2013-07-09
I have 5 hi fin black Tetra's in a 20 gallon long tank.  They have used this tank as their home for almost a year now.  I am adding some albino cory Catfish and a snail today.  I hope they will get along with one another.

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Anonymous - 2012-02-03
Hi, the 150 gallon is still on hold for me and now I only have 2 darters left no feeders and 4 mosquito fish. I bought a TRUE freshwater snowflake moray eel, which explains where the fish went, and I was wondering if it could go in the same tank as the pacu. Also, I have dicided not to include the smaller fish and I have 2 bluegill to take there place, can I do this without too many problems?P.S., yes it is a TRUE freshwater moray eel.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-02-16
    The eel and the Pacu should get along nicely, especially in 150 gallon tank.
  • Mark - 2013-06-07
    The only freshwater morray needs brackish when older.
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Nathan - 2013-06-03
I bought 4 glow lights for my 7 gallon tank yesterday and they are so happy. I noticed two of them doing a mating dance for a little bit but there were no signes of eggs. it was wierd. I love feeding them because they dart through the water to get the food and it is so cute. I have one other guppy in the tank and she seems ok with them. she tried to nip them at first but has really calmed down now and has accepted them. Glo light tetra's are by far the best fish i ever got

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-05
    They do sound so cute! I love these little tetras too:)
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kye turnbull - 2013-04-12
this isn't a real barracuda is it? it cant be because barracudas live in Australia and characins don't live in Australia... unless.

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Deedee - 2005-03-03
We get neons by the dozens and we have to do it from time to time because they do not last as long as they should. Now I realize if we got the $4/each ones it would be more responsible, but the 50 cent/each ones allow quantities of 75 at a time. They do look so wonderful in large schools though. They share their 90 gallon heavily planted and filtered auto-c02 controlled tank with 9 Clown Loaches, couple pearl gouramis, dozen rummynose, handful of glasscats, handful of bleedingheart tetras, couple catfish and a handful of cories. Wish I could afford 75 of the $4/each ones! They are stunning.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-05-16
    Your tank is overstocked.
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