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Akshay Amle - 2011-08-24
I have 15 Gallon Tank with 6 Neon Tetra, and 4 black neon tetra along with 2 silver dollar and a sucker fish, can i put guppies with them??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-24
    Your tank is too small for the fish you already have so I wouldn't add additional fish. General rule of thumb is one usable gallon for each inch your fish will be as an adult. Your neon tetras are going to be 1 1/2 inches as adults so for 6 fish - that is nine gallons that you need. You have a 15 gallong but you have to subtract gallons because you have gravel, decorations, plants etc in the tank so maybe you have 12 usable gallons at the most.
    If you have too many fish in a tank - as you do, the fish become agressive, they can become stunted and die. So good news is you need a larger tank for the fish you have. More good news - it will probably be quite attractive with the fish you have.
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Animal-World info on Colored Skirt Tetra
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Eric Dancel - 2011-08-12
I can't get it. My tetra just looks like it's original form plain white. But my aunt have her tetra fish now look like a balk skirt tetra. How did that happene? Reply please. My aunt is annoying me please reply ASAP as soon as posible

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-12
    Attached is article from Animal World and it will tell you more about the colored skirt tetra - including color additives for the fish. The link is

    http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/characins/ColoredSkirtTetra.php

    Hope that helps
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stephanie - 2011-07-28
Not all of the color tetra are dyed using syringes and dye. I have a pink one and it simply gains its color from the food its fed. I use Tetra Color plus. Its specialized food for fish hat have colors. It enchaces their color naturaly.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    Didn't know you could do that - thanks
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Animal-World info on Red Eye Tetra
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sidharth soman - 2011-07-04
Guys, I got some of the best gouramis in the world with me. I'm thinking of introducing some red eyed tetras in.... I dont know if they'll do well together... anyone got answers???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-04
    It depends on what kind of gouramis you have. Some might be fine with the tetras but some can be agressive toward smaller fish.
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Animal-World info on Buenos Aires Tetra
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Kai Voigt - 2011-06-30
The piranha of the tetra world. Had 24 neons and next day there were only 6 left. That was one expensive buenos aires meal. Considering there are only two in the tank. They seem to be very aggressive and are now getting the royal flush.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-01
    Sure doesn't sound like something I would invite over for dinner.
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Animal-World info on Cardinal Tetra
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Ray Nicholson - 2010-03-24
I have 5 of these guys right now. I was thinking of adding some Neons and was wondering if they will all skoal togther. If they don't, I will probably just add more Cardinals instead.

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  • fish boy - 2011-05-05
    These fish will not know the difference between them and they will school together. I just bought three and they started to school with my lonely neon tetra.
  • Brandon Smith - 2011-06-25
    Yes. When I had 4 neons and 4 glolites, they school together.
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Lauren - 2007-09-24
I have had really bad trouble with my fish, he keeps attacking my other fish and everything that is in the tank. Apart from that he is really good

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  • wendy79 - 2011-06-15
    What kind of fish do you have? What is your tank enviroment like?
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-17
    You might want to remove the one fish and put him in another tank. What is the kind of sih that is attacking? He might not be a community fish or get along with others.
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Animal-World info on Neon Tetra
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shawn - 2011-02-15
I recently started my 30 gallon tank, and added about 8 neon's. So far 4 of them have died, but every time I check on them and the water everything checks out ok. Can someone tell me why they are diying on me?

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  • spyboy - 2011-05-21
    Testing for what? Pardon my asking, but that means different things to different people. Check the nitrate/nitrite levels, as they can be poisoned by them. Also, I use a mortar and pestle to grind the food into almost powder, literally. That way they can eat easily, as otherwise they will have to spit it out as it's too big to swallow. I feed them 4 times a day, with a current in the tank. I put in my cichlid fry from the nurse net in the 130 gal. into the 50 gal. with the tetras. They school with the neons, and feed with them. When the cichlids get too big, then they get moved back out.
  • Brynn Montag - 2011-06-07
    Depending on how long ago you started your tank, it could still be cycling. Or were ever you are getting fish got there supply of tetras from a bad source.
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VERA - 2011-05-27
Wow, My Pacu has been a really cool fish to have. He (scaredy pants) is almost 2 year old. I have just bought 150 gallon tank for him.. I am so happy I got the new tank to set up for him. He is living in a 40 gallon tank and I fear that I have stunted his growth. I hope not. He gets a french fry every once in a while and I can not wait to feed all the bugs I will get this summer. Oh, by the looks of it, I may have a her instead of a him. OH WELL

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-27
    Hey, sounds like you're having a good time. 150 gallon - that is one big tank. Lots of luck with it. Enjoy.
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Animal-World info on Colored Skirt Tetra
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janelle Oldham - 2010-07-21
I couldn't believe what I have learned after reading several posts and several sites about these "fruit Tetras" we however bought 7 of them at our local Petsmart, not knowing what kind of fish they were, I did some research. After I was done, I was sick inside. The torture these little fish have to go through to become these "pretty" fish is horrible. I will never buy or support this cruel procedure again. I could see walmart doing something like this, but not petsmart. If enough people that read these posts, before they buy, we maybe can stop this from happening to these poor fish. Nobody buys, so now they can't be sold.

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  • Gena S - 2011-05-16
    I also bought some tetras. Eleven of them from Kahoots, but they're called painted tetras. I bought them because they are soo beautiful, but as mentioned in previous comments, if I would have known I would not have purchased them. This is terrible. What I don't understand is how are the pet stores allowed to sell them? A part of me wants to take them back and get a refund, but at the same time I don't, because I'm sure they will either resale or kill them. Any suggestions?
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