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kye turnbull - 2013-05-09
When ever I keep these fish they die within a week.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-09
    They can be a bit touchy, sometimes they are very easy to keep and other times not. You're best bet is to put them in a well filtered tank without any other fish but with lots of plants, at least until you are sure they have adjusted. Then you could try moving them into a community environment.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-11
    they are od they get put there lay eggs die
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Iv - 2003-08-27
VERY GOOD FISH, GOOD FOR BEGGINERS AND FOR EXPERTS. People say you shouldnt keep them with angel fish but you could. Just buy the neons in an aquarium and wait until thay get around 1 inch or bigger. Then go to the store and buy baby angel fish and put them together. Then the angels mouths would be small and they could not eat the neons, and when they get big they would have already gotten used to the neons. HAPPY FISH KEEPING!

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  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-09
    Yea just like how I kept a baby tandanus catfish with my favorite guppies. 4 months later my tandanus catfish ate them! That's not how it works!
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Anonymous - 2013-04-30
I have a few red eye tetras in a 20 gallon long aquarium and they are lively. They can be a bit aggressive at times with smaller fish, and don't even think about putting them in with any type of small invertebrates, such as ghost or cherry shrimp, since they will devour them. Other than that, red eyes are an entertaining fish that are reasonably hardy, and in groups large enough for them to school, can be quite striking to look at.

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John Toledano - 2006-05-13
I am an aquarist in Rio de Janeiro and very sadly this little beauty is almost extinct here. It's the only endemic species of the State of Rio de Janeiro and due to insertion of other species and predatorial fishing, we no longer see them any more.
There is currently a research program in one of our universities trying to repopulate some streams and rivers.
Thank you.
John Toledano

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  • Pat Taylor - 2013-03-15
    I have six little tetras. I find them very smart when i shake their food they come to the glass. But I find them shy if other people look at them.Have had them for six months an have been very healthy and happy. will take some pictures for you. give me a week so I can get good pictures for you. PAT
  • Pat Taylor - 2013-03-15
    I have six little tetras. I find them very smart when i shake their food they come to the glass. But I find them shy if other people look at them.Have had them for six months an have been very healthy and happy. will take some pictures for you. give me a week so I can get good pictures for you. PAT
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Jeff & Mimi - 2012-04-15
My wife and I had agreed too give our black banded lepor aka ( striper )a new home after my brother gave him up for adoption. He was around a inch and half long and very hungry. He ate pretty much everything we had in the tank with him. We fed him twice a day and he is now around 8 inches long . He is quite an architect .. Always changing the landscaping of the tank. He lives with 5 fancy tail goldfish, 2 silver catfish, several bottom feeders. He is such a character and never a dull moment. We enjoy watching him

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  • Max miller - 2013-03-12
    I was thinking to get a black one and one with yellow and black of the leporinus. The only tank i have is 150 gal but has a 10 corys and 2 plecos will they jeust fit in there right and ? Petco said that plecos get up to 40 inches and so now i just have them in that you think i should get a bigger tank or what?
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Da Funk - 2013-03-09
I have a guppy, molly, and colored skirt tetra in a 20 gallon tank. I'm ready for more fish, I want diamonds but I am worried about the compatability between them and the guppy. Is it OK to mix these two? Thanks in advance.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-10
    Should be just fine.  They do however do best in groups of 5 or more.
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Terry Terblanche - 2011-07-21
I have 20 of them and 20 neons in a tank. They are about 3 cm long and the females are almost ready spawn.

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  • Guilherme Capel de Jesus - 2013-03-07
    Hi there, i am from Brazil, UNESP university. Any of you could send me photos of live specimens of Hyphessobrycon flammeus (in a good resolution)? It's for a cientific article of redescription. Your name will be creditaded in the photo. Thanks and sorry for my poor english. My email is: capel.capeloo@gmail.com
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Collin - 2012-10-14
I've had 3 red-eyes for over 3 years now and one of them has a small bloat in front of the anal fin, does anyone know what this is?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-14
    Hard to say for sure, but there are several possibilities. It could be constipation, possibly a pregnant female storing eggs, a swim bladder problem, or an internal parasite. Constipation would look like a swollen tummy - the area right behind the ventral fins and right in front of the anal fin. A pregnant female also has a swollen area infront of the anal fin, so that could be more likely if your fish still has a healthy appetite.
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Monytha - 2013-03-02
hi =) i have a sugar glider, they're an OK pet. They don't come out often and you have to take them out to exercise them, and sometimes it's hard. And they have specific diets. I am a licensed Veterinarian.

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Jeff - 2013-02-16
I'm keeping one of these guys in a 210 gallon aquarium with Lake Malawi cichlids. He is thriving, having grown to at least 15 inches. The pH of his aquarium is about 8.2. He gets fed bloodworms, frozen herbivore food, and nori algae.

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