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David Lafferty - 2011-04-06
I have added a single dollar to my community tank 2 weeks ago. All the other fish are smaller than he is. He does move around ( but not very much) and spends a lot of his time hiding in the corner. My concern is that I havent seen him eat. I've tried flakes spinach, lettuce and the other fish have bloodworm. Any ideas?

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  • John - 2011-05-01
    My silver dollar was the same when added my first 2 ever, they hid at different sides of tank and even lay on there sides! Didn't really start to show their beauty and start swimming until added 2 more and had a showl, now they are at forefront of tank! Beautiful.
  • John - 2011-05-01
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    When I first bought them I thought, oh boring! But when added the other two they really changed and all showl at middle of tank with confidence it's really impressive! Silver dollar fish are soooo timid when alone! Please get a few others and omg the difference will be amazing! Good luck.
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Eddie - 2010-07-31
I'm keeping a tank of 10 of these guys. Very active, tend to chase each other a lot. They of often split up into smaller schools, sometimes 5 and 3 with a couple of others wandering around. They seem quite resistant to changes in the water. Overall a very rewarding fish.

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  • Lindsey - 2010-09-07
    Yes I have 4, and they do chase each other a lot.
  • Michelle - 2011-04-06
    Can I put my black tetras with my guppies and my mollies?
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Victoria - 2011-04-03
I have two of the rainbow tetras, about 1 year now, the blue has a fat rib cage and the pink never looks bigger. This week I have noticed that the blue is chasing the pink around the tank. I haven't separated them from the tank and wanted to know if they are in the breed process or egg laying process? I don't see any eggs. And I can't tell by the dorsal fin who is the male.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-04-03
    Generally when breeding colored skirt tetras (Gymnocorymbus ternetzi), you would want to keep the males and females separated until they are primed for spawning. Once ready to spawn, it usually occurs within a few days, and you will want to remove the parents immediately so that they do not egg their eggs. It is possible that they have been spawning this week, however you need to keep an eye out for eggs (usually landing on the plants). If you have not seen any eggs, then they may not actually be breeding, they may still be in the process of breeding, or they have already finished breeding and have eaten their eggs. Continue to watch them closely and make sure to remove them from the tank if you see any eggs.
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Amber - 2008-10-21
Hey, I have a one gallon tank (very small), so I figured if I bought 5 tetra fish they would be ok because they are small. Well I had 3 neon tetras and 2 glow tetras. They were doing great, I had them for two weeks, then one day I found one of the glow tetras dead. Then the next day the other glow tetra was also found dead. I have no clue why, they seemed to be doing well.
I have the tank at room temp. and was feeding them tropical fish flakes once a day. I have the built in light on the tank turned on all day and I turn it off at night.
Dose anyone have a clue as to why my fish died?
Please email me at amberwable@yahoo.com with any info u may have.
Thank you

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  • alex - 2010-03-22
    That tank is really too small foe anything but maybe a betta you should test the water for ammonia, nitrates and nitrites. Those might of killed your fish I'm sorry about your fish
  • Anonymous - 2010-06-26
    Your tank is way too small come on 1g they should be in @ least a 10g.
  • fish boy - 2011-03-12
    Besides being a relatively small tank, that tank is too small for 7 fish. Do not leave the tank light on all day, I turn my light at 5:00 and turn it off when I go to bed.
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Kyle - 2011-03-05
Today I just purchased 8 rummy noses, they surprisingly have way more red color on their noses than they ever did at the pet shop. They are happily swimming back and forth in my 46 gal tank that has 6 platies, 3 german blue rams, 3 angels, 7 cory cats, and 2 really small algae eaters. There aren't any plants yet, but I have some slate and drift wood in there right now. Getting plants in a few days. After the plants are added, I plan on getting 3 more german blue rams and 6 bolivian rams, going to give back the rams that don't pair up.

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melissa - 2011-03-02
I am new to having fish (2 days) and I bought them for my daughter so of course we got the "pretty" fish at Walmart. They all died that night except one blue one. I have been trying to learn more about them before the next shipment comes in and I buy more. Now I am horrified to discover this site and what they go through. I will not be buying more. I guess we will live with the goldfish and koo we currently have until we find a natural "pretty" fish we like.

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Jay - 2011-02-20
Just a little addition to the info already provided. I have a 40 gal tank that was already set up and wanted to add some schooling fish, particularly neons. I have three tiger barbs that I don't consider big, or even medium. As soon as I put my six new neons into the tank, the barbs went crazy trying to eat them, and two became dinner. I did manage to get the barbs out and relocated to a smaller tank before they ate the remainder of the neons.

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Fishy fish - 2011-01-03
Hi, I have 6 of these fish in a 10 gallon tank! What other fish could I put in? I was thinking of guppies if so how many? NEED ANSWER ASAP!

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  • sazure - 2011-01-03
    This is old post but in case anyone runs across it. Guppies are not compatible with black neon tetras (need diff ph) and 6 in a ten is about it. Even though they are "small" they produce waste so on and it is best to not overload such a small aquarium... Add more low light plants (they love them) and maybe a few pygmy corries - but actually a 20 long is best to do that.

    Tons of experience (50 years) plus background in related fields.
  • fish boy - 2011-02-19
    You can add just about any small fish. Many tetra species, hatchets, rasboras, gouramis, plecos, corys, guppies, or platys.
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Ash\' - 2010-12-18
When we first got our rummy noses they had barely any color on their face. They soon started to get more and more color later on. I sometimes wonder if the pet store wan't doing their water right, or if it is just stress. They are thriving and peaceful. They love to swim and are so fun to watch. They swim in tight schools, which is very beautiful. Out of all my fish, these are my favorite!

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  • dave k - 2011-02-19
    Any time a fish is relocated it is very stressful. If a fish wasn't healthy at the time of shipping it probably wouldn't survive the trip to and or the acclimation at the pet store let alone the second acclimation at home. When you are purchasing fish make sure you do so before it gets really cold outside. Transportation methods only include a small amount of temperature variation protection. The water the fish arrive in can easily be 10 degrees less than ideal. Make sure you know when your local fish store gets its shipments each week and purchase accordingly.
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fish boy - 2011-02-18
I have two hatchets. Whenever I walk into the room they will swim to the middle region of the tank. Down toward the tetras. I know this isn't normal behavior. Should I be concerned?

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