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kathy - 2007-11-16
I have 5 Neons. I love these fish, they are so fun to watch. They are little schoolers. I 4 Glowlights, 4 Goldfish, and 1 clown loach. They all get along just fine. I love to sit in front of their tank and watch them for hours. The neons are good for beginners.

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kathy - 2007-11-16
I had 7 glowlights, but 4 died. I love the glowlights. They just swim and swim. Their fun to watch. I've had all the glowlights for 5 years. The 4 that died could have died of old age.

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kathy - 2007-11-16
I have a Blackskirt tetra. I named him Zippie. He got that name because he zips around the tank. I have Zippie in with my 3 goldfish. They get along just fine. I love to watch Zippie swim. He makes me dizzy. I think the Blackskirt tetra is cool.

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kirstie linton - 2007-11-11
hahahahaha take that grandma! I'd been trying to tell her that x-ray fish do exist for about 8 years!... and now, sweet sweet justice is mine and she owes me an apology for all those times she made me look stupid
weeeeeee...grandma is going to be so shocked when she sees this! whoot! Hey, how's everyone doing! I'm doing friggen splendid now that i know that i was right... whoot, whoot, whoot!

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Roan - 2007-11-06
I have seven silver dollars in a 75g tank with a school of ten rummy nose and ten harlequin rasboras. Six are two years old and one is 7+ years old. Finny, the eldest, is over six inches tall and has quite the personality. As has been said, they are a very skittish fish and get scared easily. To keep them from running into the sides and back of the tank when they are startled, paint the ends and back of the tank with black acrylic paint or cover it with black waterproof paper.

Also, silver dollars will eat ANY and all plants -- even the ones listed here as being "safe" from them. I had mine in a tank full of all of the plants that silver dollars are said not to eat, and they ate them all. It took a year, but they ate them all. For a nice treat, put floating duckweed or frogbit in the tank.

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Krystyn - 2007-10-30
I have two large silver dollars about 2in, and 3 small conterfeit silver dollars. They are my favorite fish, so sweet but very timid. They get scared very easily. Put them in a room where there's not lots of noise and they'll do just fine. I feed mine fish flakes and algea wafers, they love those. They spin them around in there mouth and eat them like a little cookie:) Occasionally they'll get some frozen blood worms, but not often. Mine live along with 2 small crabs, two small clown loaches, and a chocolate albino pleco. They all do great together in a 29 gallon tank! Good luck with them, they have so much personality!

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Brenda - 2007-10-23
I absolutely love and adore my pristella tetras. I got them with two black mollies to cycle my tank. I couldn't be happier that I didn't over look them! I had bought just the three pristellas and the two black molllies and upon returning home and making sure I met there needs, I darted back out to the lfs for extra supplies. When I got there I noticed a single pristella tetra in with some other tetras and I just didn't have the heart to leave him there solo. I brought him home with me and put him in the tank. It didn't take long for him to become a part of the school. My tetras accepted him easily and they are all doing just fine! Great story, great little tetras, love the dorsal fin, I think it is unique. It sticks straight up and has colorbands of yellow, black and white. The tail fin on the male has become very red, not so much with the female. But I don't think she is too worried about that since she has other things on her mind, like delivering her babies! Cheers, Brenda

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Gladys - 2007-10-13
I have a pair of serpae tetra with an altum angelfish, 5 neon tetras, 2 rosy barbs and 3 goldfishes and some other small fishes. 3 out of my 5 neon tetras, 1 rosy barb and all 3 goldfishes have nipped tails.

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ROSIE - 2007-10-09
I mistakenly purchased six (all that the store had) Serpae labeled as Flame tetras. *facepalms* I only want peaceful fish in my tank as I have a Neon. I bought 12 last winter, he is the only survivor and tends to hang out either alone or with the Cherry barbs. Neon is a fiesty one and holds his own. I have Cherry barbs and four Otocinclus catfish.

However, their introduction to my planted community 35 gallion tank went fantastically. They only took about a half-hour to get comfortable and color up beautifully. I was amazed by their true beauty and temperment. I believe the fact that there are six and the Cherry barbs I have made their introduction go smoothly.

They followed the lead of the Cherry barbs all around the tank, no nipping or bullying occurred. I think it is the similar coloring that attracted them. Both species are red and black and both are peaceful when their needs are met apparently.

Considering the comments left by others, I know that I am very lucky that this did not turn into a complete disaster with the other peaceful smaller fish. I am going to keep a sharp eye on their behavior with the others. Although currently, my Neon is hanging out with them without any mishap. Neon mostly does his own thing and doesn't really school much, but he does seek out company. More Neons and Cherry barbs are next on my list once the tank cycles for these six.

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Lynn - 2007-09-28
Hi! I bought my fish as a baby, maybe 2 inches long. Believe it or not I've now had my fish for 13 yrs & have just now gotten around to looking him up! I love the pictures I've found & find all the information & comments interesting. What I can't believe is that most say these fish gets along well with others. Over the years I've had mine with angelfish, tiger & cherry barbs, snails, small gouramis, large plecostomus & bleeding hearts. He's killed them all! I actually saw him kill a 4 inch plecostomus by ramming him several times until the belly was exposed & he started his feast. That happened in a matter of minutes before I could even get something else set up to put the plecostomus in! It's been 6 yrs now that he's been by himself. I can't stand him killing the other fish! He's very beautiful though with the redish color on his throat really standing out. I wish I could put him with something but as old as he is now I'm afraid to introduce something else for fear of making him sick! Lynn

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