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froody - 2007-03-19
i have 20 of these great fish in a 90 gallon heavily planted discus tank. They are great schoolers and swim around happily in all areas of the tank. I feed bloodworm, good flake, ciclid bits and shrimp in the tank, mainly because this is the discus diet, but the rummynoses love all of it! Excellent fish i would highly recommend them. Great colour if they are happy.

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T.J. - 2013-01-06
i have had black skirt tetra's for years,recently one become ready to lay egss,i put her in a breeding tank,within 3-4 days she seemed to lay eggs,becoming thin again..i removed her,returning her to the community tank,how long do eggs take to produce fry,what do eggs look like?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-07
    They are nearly transparent when they have just been released, and will hatch after 22-30 hours. It will take the fry 3-4 days to become free swimming.
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monica - 2013-01-06
i got these black neon tetras in my 48G tank with my zebra danios (5) , 8 white cloud mountain minnows, 1 bristle nose pleco and two hill stream loaches what i can say these fishes do get on well , swim fantastic together ( shoal together ) , show bright colors :) Now i am cycling my 16G long tank , planning to put a small group of black neon tetras (6) with a apple snail :), they are my favorite fish

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Jason Wicklund - 2012-01-08
Hey I have a 20 gallon with 5 black skirt tetras, 1 shubunkin goldfish, two bumble bee platies, 1 Bala Shark, 2 plecos, 1 guppy, 1 Cichlid, and 3 tiger barbs. My fish are very good together. The only problem I have is that My tetras aren't eating and I've only had them a day... Is that normal for them not to eat the first couple days?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-12-25
    The tiger barbs are probably stressing them
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-25
    Yeah they need to be kept in groups of at least six. If the cichlid is from Africa it could also stressing them out
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John Ho - 2012-12-16
URGENT! I bought 5 neon tetras and 10 guppys 6 months ago. Since i was a beginner then, i tend to wash my tank once a week due to my worry-ness that they die due to the bad water condition. I also feed them well with fish pellets twice a day. After a few weeks, my neon tetras died one by one showing no sign of diseases. They do get along well with the guppys so it was not caused by them neither. My water condition was still acceptable. Can anyone tell me what happen to them???:(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-16
    Your guppies should be fine companions for the Neons, and it sounds like you are good at keeping up with the water conditions. Neons are a funny sort. They are quite hardy if they are happy with their home, but sometimes making them comfortable can be a challenge. I had the same experience at one time that you are having. But today I keep a school very happily in a 50 gallon tank that has lots of plants (both planted and floating) which helps subdue the light, and they've been alive for almost two years. They live with different types of tetras, hatchet fish, cory catfish, and even a pair of geophagus cichlids (Humphead earthsifters). So what's the difference... I think its lots of plant cover and subdued lighting. Abigger tank helps too, as in a smaller tank you may have to be more careful to make sure they have plenty plants to retreat in.
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-16
    What do you mean by 'wash my tank'? Do you have any biological filtration like an undergravel filter and are you maintaining it by not 'washing everything'?
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prescott - 2012-12-12
I have a red belly pirahna and in the last few months, its stomach has gotten quit large, does not look normal, in the last few weeks it seems to be bigger on one side, could it be pregnant? Or some type of disease, plz help

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-13
    Curious, what are you feeding the fish?  Any beef products or dog foods?
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Rebecca - 2012-12-04
Quick question. Ok, I have eight black skirt tetras in a 20 gallon long aquarium, along with four 3-lined corydoras and a mystery snail. One of my black skirts is a lot bigger than the others, but I bought them all together about a week ago (the tetras). Anyhow, this morning there are 5 of the smaller ones that are constantly swarming the bigger one. Is this normal for them? Should I be worried for the big one?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-04
    They are school fish so it is pretty normal.
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Gary A.MacDonald - 2010-04-21
While I was down collecting in Bolivia last year, I happened upon a large shoal of these in the Rio San Martin. I will have to say, the Wild living relatives of our Aquarium inhabitants can grow to huge proportions! Not only that, they really can skim across the water top to great lengths!

A tight fitting lid -- definitely, and if you have one, a Canopy even better.

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  • sam - 2012-06-14
    How big do they get?! They were breed down alot I guess so they could be sold in stores
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bobbwb22 - 2009-12-11
I have owned 7 hatchet fish in the last year. 3 of them have jumped out of my tank to their death. I am finally putting a net over my tank, good idea :)

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akeelash - 2010-07-22
I will be doing a presentation based on this fish and this means that I have to know it like the back of my hand, and so far its cool, I'm loving it, it's so adorable and beautiful.

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