Animal Stories - Diamond Tetra

Animal-World Information about: Diamond Tetra

The Diamond Tetra sparkles like a diamond due to the opalescent shine of its scales!
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Tiffany - 2013-10-18
I have a 55 gal with 3 diamond tetras, 4 red tetras, 2 catfish and a silver shark. When I was feeding the fish this morning I noticed one of my diamond tetras was spinning around in the tank. The fish ate when fed, but continue to spin. It looks cool to watch, but has me worried. Is it suppose to act like that or is something wrong?

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  • Sophia - 2013-12-04
    It may be a kidney issue. The kidney balloons up making it unable for the fish to fully control it's movements. Some fish do recover, but most don't. It is probably going to die though if you have a silver shark, they will nip at them when floating around until dead. Put that fish in a quarantine tank, that may help...
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.
Jared - 2010-09-14
Hey- Today is Tuesday and I got my first tank on Saturday. The fish came on Sunday, 2 of them being diamond tetras. We were told that these fish would be OK with the other choices of fish we had(4). But, this morning, one of the diamond's was found dead on the bottom of the tank. Since we got them into the tank, they haven't really eaten, been active, or swam forcefully. They just kind of lag around and float in a pair. We need to know why!! We can't get any more until the Nitrogen Cycle ends, but we would like to know if getting more diamond's is a good choice based on what happened 2 days after getting them.

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  • Michael - 2010-11-12
    Diamonds are a fine choice but I wouldn't add anything until the nitrogen cycle is fully working. I highly recommend fishless cycling. It's really easy with a test kit, a bottle of ammonia, and some time.
  • Johann - 2010-11-18
    I think your problem would be putting fish in the tank too soon. You should let the tank cycle, without any fish, for at least a couple weeks.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-17
    Tank should be cycled a bit longer before adding any fish. Mollies are always a good fish to cycle with.
Veronica - 2008-08-21
I got a few of these by accident in a large group of Lemon Tetras. Now I buy them on purpose! They are really lovely fish when full grown and even stand up to my bully Angelfish and Pakistani loaches. Everyone asks what they are since they flash and sparkle gold, violet, and green.

Celina - 2009-09-10
Hello! I just bought two of these beauties and aren't sure how to tell if they're male or female.

Brensters - 2011-10-13
I bought three (all they had) of these tetras a few days ago to go into my planted 32 gal. fully [fishless] cycled tank. Luckily they happened to be almost fully grown which is apparently when they show there true beauty.I can't describe how thrilled and elated I am to have gotten them. They settled in right away as if to say 'ok so what's there to eat around here'? They are hillarious to watch, with their funny and interesting antics. One minute swimming together as best buds, then sneaking up on each other for a suprise joust.So entertaining and so much facsinating personality. Never really agressive, just goofy and leaves other fish alone, even my tiny neons. They'll eat anything. And their beauty is astounding! They look like they were dipped in some craft sparkles, LOL. I'm going to get more to make a bigger school!! I HIGHLY recommend these fish.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-14
    Gee, sounds like my humans birds.