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Old 02-16-2019, 07:50 AM   #21 (permalink)
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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.
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I think Congo Tetra will be my next addition.
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Red phantom, black phantom, and von rio are nice less-nippy alternatives to serpae tetra. Emperor males are indeed nippy towrad each other, but they don't chase other fish. I think darter "tetras" (Characidium, Elachocharax, and others in the family Crenuchidae) are my favorites, along with pencilfish.
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I finally found 4 healthy congo tetra locally. At one place, they wanted to charge $21 each adult. I found juvies for $8 each.
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I love my Diamond Tetras. Though they can be a bit boisterous at feeding time often out competing smaller dwarf cichlids. I've never had any other issues as gar as aggression witj other tank mates.

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I finally found 4 healthy congo tetra locally. At one place, they wanted to charge $21 each adult. I found juvies for $8 each.
Pictures, please.
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I love my Diamond Tetras. Though they can be a bit boisterous at feeding time often out competing smaller dwarf cichlids. I've never had any other issues as gar as aggression witj other tank mates.

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Very pretty diamond tetras. Certainly live up to their name.
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Pictures, please.
I'll have to pull out the SLR camera. A camera phone won't do them justice.
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Ok, my Congos



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Nice congo's! Beautiful coloration.
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