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Bigger Tetras
This page contains Customer Comments and our Replies about Bigger Tetras. Click here now to go back to the first page in this discussion.

Customer Comments

I have red-eyed and neon tetras. The red-eyed are larger and more aggressive during feeding times, and come to the surface to get the floating food.
The neons don't seem to be getting enough food. I feed them spirulina flakes, complete flake food (both by Nutrafin) as well as blood worms. Is there a way to ensure that the neons are getting enough?
Thanks, from a new aquatic hobbyist,
Melina M.
Nova Scotia, Canada
Reply. Hello Melina. You can read in the paragraph above your comment that Red Eye Tetras and other Bigger Tetras are too aggressive for Neon Tetras, so your Red Eye Tetras will make your Neon Tetras miserable.

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My large tank holds angles .... I have always admired the serpae tetra, and I would love to place a few in my angel tank, but I'm afraid being that they tend to be fin nippers. I see that you have stated that they make good tank mates do you see this from experience.
Tony P.
Las Vegas

Reply. First, I have kept Angelfish in the same aquarium with Serpae Tetras.

Click here to read a list of compatible tank mates for Angelfish and read that Serpae Tetras are included in that list.

Click here to read more about the Serpae Tetras in my aquarium that nipped on other fish, until I fed the Serpaes some Live Black Worms every other day.

Click here to read more about Live Black Worms.

Regular Angelfish with shorter fins swim faster and are less likely to get nipped than Veil Tail Angels, which have longer fins, swim more slowly, and are about the most likely type of fish to be nipped by other species of fish such as Serpaes and tiger Barbs.

Like most schooling fish, the more Serpaes you have the less they will nip other species. I always recommend you keep at least six Serpaes.

I think there are several different species of Tetras that are sold in live fish stores as Serpaes, and what I've told you here about my experiences with Serpae Tetras may not hold true for all these different species of Tetras that are sold as Serpaes.

It may hold, but I haven't tested it with all the similar Tetra Fish. The fish that sells as Serpaes are the same ones that I've kept and tested.

In conclusion I'd say that if you keep a group of at least six Serpae Tetras with short finned Angels in an aquarium with at least 50-gallons of water and feed them live Black Worms three times a week, then the Serpaes will probably not nip the short finned Angels.

This is what I know based on what I've actually done, and so this is the best advice that I can give you. It is not guaranteed to work for you, but I think it probably will.


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I was told by a clerk at a local pet store that the strawberry, blueberry, ... tetras have been injected with a dye that makes them brightly colored, but that over time, will fade out and the fish will eventually become the silver/clear base color.  I was also told that this dye process causes the fish to not live as long.  Is it true? or do these fish colors occur naturally???
Martha M.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Reply. Strawberry and Blueberry Tetras are listed in the table above and both are the same species. Both of these fish are produced by fish farms that use special color enhancing foods that change the colors of the fish.

So Strawberry and Blueberry Tetras are not injected with a dye. To our knowledge the color enhancing food does not shorten the life of the fish. Click here to buy Strawberry and Blueberry Tetras now.

Sometimes the color fades and the fish return to being regular Black Skirt Tetras, which naturally become more silvery colored as they mature. Other times the color does not fade, possibly because a different color enhancing ingredient is added to the food.

Many years ago I heard that some fish breeders added paprika to the diet of the fish that they produced to improve the color of those fish. Generally what a fish eats can affect that fish's coloration.


Customer Comments

... My plan is to set this aquarium up w/ live plants and tetras (and other compatible species). Will the various tetras school only in their group, or will this be a "free for all." If so I need to rethink what fish to put with a school of tetras. I thought I would get one pleco and about 6 ghost shrimp and 6 crabs.
Just as an aside - I have learned more from your website in the visits I've made than in all the other ones together. Answered questions I didn't know I had.
Reynolds H.
Dallas TX
Reply. Hello Reynolds. Thank you for your complimentary comment.

In my experience each Tetra species forms its own school. I have often marveled at the sight of two schools of Tetras passing though each other, and each Tetra is able to stay with its own species.

I think at least two species of Tetras like Serpaes and Silver Tips would look great in your aquarium. I'd recommend at least six Tetras of each type.


Customer Comments

... you recommend larger Tetras as being suitable companions for Mollies and Platies. How can that be when aquarium salt is not needed for Tetras?
Thank you for the help
Reply. Hello Alison. Thank you for your good question. Mollies, Swordtails, and Bigger Tetras can live in water without Aquarium Salt or with up to one Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt per each five gallons of aquarium water.

In an aquarium that has only Livebearers such as Mollies, Platies, and Swordtails, I would keep about one Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt per each five gallons of water.

In an aquarium that has only the Bigger Tetras I would not put any Aquarium Salt, unless the fish showed Signs of Stress and Disease. Click here for more about these Signs.

But the Livebearers can also live without Aquarium Salt, and the Bigger Tetras can live with Aquarium Salt in their water.

In an aquarium with both Livebearers and Bigger Tetras, I would add one Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt to each five gallons of water. Then I would make two 20% water changes a week for three weeks without adding more Aquarium Salt.

After the six partial water changes, almost all of the Aquarium Salt will be gone, and then I would add one Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt to each five gallons of water.

In this way the amount of Aquarium Salt will vary from almost none to the full dose over a period of about three weeks.

Links to Other Websites.
Click here to read an interesting brief article about Tetras in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Click here to go to another page in this web site with more Customer Comments and our Replies about Bigger Tetras.
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