02-16-2019, 07:50 AM
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: New Jersey
| | Re: Tetras
Iguanodectes and rummy nose won’t work for me as they are slender tetra that look too much like feeder fish for cichlid. Serpae tetra has deep body and less appetizing but there are larger Hyphessobrycon species out there.
I am leaning towards bleeding heart or diamond tetra as they are about the largest Hyphessobrycon. I don’t know which one is and prefer the larger of the two. Congo tetra, Phenacogrammus interruptus, is definitely in my list as they are large, magestic, and like to swim in the upper water column versus Hyphessobrycon that stay in the bottom. The only concern is my large cichlid tankmates. I have mostly 3 to 6 inch cichlid including a large 9” Frontosa. All my cichlids were tank raised from juvies with pellet food so they have never acquired the taste of live food. I have baby fish born and grow up in the same tank and hide among rock, and I have never seen the big guys actively hunt them. Tetra don’t hide and swim in open water, and if they are skittish, it may trigger their predatory instinct. So I have to get the largest size tetra available in group to stay calm. If they come in too small, I have to fatten them out in my grow out tanks. Hopefully, I can find full grown fish in lfs or auctions.