Animal Stories - White Tetra


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A school of the White Tetra fish are really striking in a community aquarium!
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kimi - 2011-05-02
I'm doing a fish project for school and I bought 3 white tetras. I feed them "tropical fish flakes" and have lots of plants in the tank. They seem to love it!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    Hey, sounds like your project is going to be fun. What is it? Sounds like you have set up a nice tank and are enjoying it. Good for you.
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winky-blinky-jinky - 2013-01-25
I bought three of these fish called 'mixed fruit tetra' from Wal-Mart before I knew they were dyed artificially. (Had I known this I would not have purchased them.) I have them in a 10 gallon tank and they are an absolute joy. Only fish in the tank with a few plants, decorations, heater, gravel, and filter. They are extremely clean fish, and they eat very little food. 10 gallons is PLENTY of room for these guys. Warning! These fish will jump straight out of the tank if they can, just like the article said; keep your tank covered! These fish DO NOT like LED lights or tank bubblers so don't waste your money. They seem to prefer simple cave decorations and plants, nothing too fancy for these guys. VERY easy to take care of and the tank requires very little maintenance once established. The fish are very playful with each other and are fun to watch.

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Fish lady - 2011-11-26
I have the skirted tetra that are dyed and there is nothing wrong with having them they are really colorful and everyone who comes to my house loves them. I don't think I would like them as much if they didn't have their very beautiful color. So there is nothing wrong with having dyed ones. I have had a fish aquarium for about 5 years and all my fish have done very well with them.



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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-28
    Thank you.
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Dwayne Williamson - 2010-06-17
I have had a breeding pair for a tear, males are usually smaller with a more rounded anal fin and female usually larger with more rounded body and pointed dorsal fin. They are breeding at the moment which requires a chicken wire isolation pen with 10mm holes so the eggs can be laid, fall through the holes so the parents don't eat the eggs, which they will. It also pays to plant fine leaved plants, fake or real, directly under isolation pen as the eggs are sticky and will attach themselves to plants as they fall through the pen. Keep temp around 26 to 28 degrees. Feed fry on just hatched brine shrimp and finely ground flake food for 4 weeks. Eggs will take a day to hatch.

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  • hansgarcia - 2010-07-15
    How can you distinguish which is the male and which is the female?
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Fish lover - 2007-03-31
I bought 3 white skirt tetras in the petshop near our house and i think they were happy to be with me! I placed them in a 60 gallon tank with 3 swordtails, 2 molly, and 2 tiger barbs. These fish were perfect for a beginner. When i placed them in the tank, the tiger barbs were always chasing them, but i think they are happy whenever they were chased and i have learned that they do not allow other fishes to chase them. I do not know which is the boy nor the girl because whenever i look at them they always hide from me. A perfect fish for a community tank!

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  • Tetra Girl - 2010-06-07
    Thanks! I JUST got 3 white skirt tetras, and 3 red eye tetras. They get along amazingly! I've never had fish before, and they are doing great, so for any new begginners, get the white skirt tetras!
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Mick - 2006-07-15
I had bought ones of these about six months ago along with a few neon tetras. About one month ago I moved to my college which was a three to four hour drive and they survived wonderfully! no ick or any other stress related disease. but I wanted to add a Bala Shark to my collection and when I did the Goldskirt Tetra became very aggressive and continuously torments the Shark which is quite larger than itself.

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barbs - 2005-12-23
i kept these a while back. they are gorgeous and generally friendly. i had a small bout of ich, but they all recovered (i caught it at an early stage). they nibble on plants, but its not really a problem. give them the varied diet they deserve. They look cute with their relatives the blackskirt tetras. PLEASE ***DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE ARTIFICIALLY DYED VARIETIES, IT IS AN EMBARASSING CULT IN AQUARIA THAT SHOULD HAVE NEVER STARTED. PLEASE DONT ENCOURAGE BREEDERS TO CONTINUE THIS PRACTICE, IT IS MORALLY BANKRUPT AND VERY STRESSFUL TO THE FISH. good luck!

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Alyssa - 2005-12-14
I love these fish! I have 2 of them and they really are quite enjoyable to have in my aquarium. When I introduced them into my aquarium all of my other fish seemed to be happier.

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glory - 2005-08-11
they are clear and peaceful. but the males tend to fight w/ each other

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Mark Cieslak - 2005-02-01
It is a great and beautiful fish that is very lively.

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