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Tony - 2008-08-06
I have had mine for about three years. They have never eaten a fish I have kept in the tank with them. They are very peaceful fish that keep to themselves. A great addition to any tank, very easy to take care of. I love my leporinus'.

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eric - 2008-08-01
I have one regular dollar and a redhook who are both about 3in. The normal one is a little skittish but not as much as people say, and my redhook is bold and not easily scared. WhenI come up to the glass he just sits there looking at me. I find that when I feed them blanched cucumber their red really comes out. They're in a 55gal. tank with one 7in tinfoil barb, one 8in pleco, two black-skirt tetras, one diamond tetra, a 7in. tire track eel, a 3in clown loach, and a 2in bumblebee catfish. Very hardy and easy to keep.

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Jolene V - 2008-07-15
I just bought an undyed natural strawberry tetra that has a nice pastel pink hue to him:) I DO NOT buy dyed fish of any sort as I do not believe in tortoring these poor fish. I mean come on! They are living animals too! And yes fish DO feel pain!

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steph - 2008-06-22
We've had our leporinus for ten years. He has actually became a part of our family and it was so sad to seem him go last night. He wasn't sick or anything, I guess it was just his time to go. Such an amazing fish. I find it quite weird that some websites have said that these fish are social beause he has eaten everything we have put in the tank...mickeys, gouramis, barbs, tetras, deones, neons, oscars, discus, plecos and god knows what else. Ever since we got a pleco that has been bigger then him, he hasn't eaten it but used to nip it every once and a while. He used to eat all our other plecos like they were going out of style. What a joy to have him, he was an incredible fish. We were looking around to find another one today since we re-did our tank after he left us...and couldn't find one like him as a baby. We got a spotted one but he seems to act lke a head stander,so we think he either hasn' fully mastered swimming with a filter or the guy who said at the fish store that he was a leporinus was lying because we didn't think they were to begin with. They were with other head standers so who knows. But I'm trying to keep my eye out for the banded ones, I miss seeing him in my tank. If you got one, you have such a great fish. I love him...he's a little devil but the best fish to have.

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Heather - 2008-05-21
I used 2 black skirts to stabilize my first 10 gallon tank, and they got fairly aggressive. The only things they didn't eat were bottom feeders. After I upgraded to a 25 gallon tank though, and added a whole school of neon tetra's, they finally quieted down.

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Araceli - 2008-05-17
Hello. I have three hi-fin/black skirt tetras and I call them the three muskaters. They are very calm most of the time and very hardy. I know this because I am only 12 years old and have little experience with fish, but if something goes wrong with some of my equipment they don't die. I recommend these fish for, not for beginners, but for those that have a little more experience with tropical fish. It is a good idea if you do research on the ones you buy, that way they don't die.


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carol - 2008-04-08
I have three Buenos Aires tetras, and I just absolutely adore them! They all have such wonderful personalities. One is extremely shy and skitish, one is kind of the leader of the group, and the last just kinda follows the 'leader' around. They are so much fun to watch!!

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  • Tim - 2010-03-30
    Just purchased 2 Buenos Aires Tetras, and 2 Black Skirt Tetras to go with my 3 Blood-fin Tetras in my live Aquarium, Amazingly they all readily became a school.. have watched them for three days now and the Tetras are inseparable. Great fish to start with and so colorful. Feeding time is especially fun when you can watch these beautiful fish flash across the tank .. if you blink you can miss them!
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joe - 2008-03-26
My fish is 10 and with help of this website I hope it can live to be 20.

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Sherri - 2008-03-08
These guys are the best! I got two of them after I got my two Angels. They're the most exciting fish I've ever had! Very hardy once you get them going and they're so long lived. I love them! Now that I have 100gallon I'm planning on putting in a few more. The only draw back is that I once had a Ghost Knifefish, the Silvers and the Knife got along fine...for the first 3 weeks, and then my silvers killed him :o. They are peaceful but you have to watch what you put them with still.

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Anonymous - 2008-02-25
My headstander lived to be 22 years old, I had no idea they would live that long!

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