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Old 01-31-2019, 03:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The fish subcatagory is a little slow so I thought I would start a thread that may spark conversation in this section.

I have a passion for tetras and, since tetras are often the "go to" for a planted tank, I was hoping to see examples of what others keep.

In my 180 gallon I have strictly wild African tetras ( the top half of aquarium is central African and the lower half South American species) . But, they come from very similar conditions in temperature and TDS values, so it works. This tank contains:

alestopetersius brichardii
alestopetersius nigroptersius
phenocogrammus aurentius
hemigrammoptersius pulcher

They are very hard to take pictures of for me so Ill include a couple pictures and a video.




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Maybe I assumed that tetras were popular in a planted tank? ~ lol!
Oh well, it was worth a try.
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thats awesome stuff!

My fav tetra (and only one i use) are Ember tetras! one day when i get a dream tank i'd like to try congo tetra's though.
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Long ago I had a big school of silver tip tetras in a 40b. They were wonderful, and kept a pretty tight school.
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Tetras have a big variation in how well they get along with other fish in the tank. Serpae Tetra, for example, will regularly kill off all of the other fish, and the weakest of their species, unless you have about 10 of them, so they can spend their energy socializing with their own kind.

When I had silver tip tetra they were very aggressive towards the other fish, but that was with 6 of them as I recall.

Other tetras can be plant eaters, so much so that some plants get completely removed from the tank. I research carefully now when I decide to try a new tetra.
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Tetras have a big variation in how well they get along with other fish in the tank. Serpae Tetra, for example, will regularly kill off all of the other fish, and the weakest of their species, unless you have about 10 of them, so they can spend their energy socializing with their own kind.

When I had silver tip tetra they were very aggressive towards the other fish, but that was with 6 of them as I recall.

Other tetras can be plant eaters, so much so that some plants get completely removed from the tank. I research carefully now when I decide to try a new tetra.
Ive only had plants in my tanks for a very short time, about a year and 6 months or so.
Ive heard that some tetras eat plants- but, none of my Africans do.
The other varieties I have currently in other tanks that dont eat plants are Rummy-nose, Imperial tetras, Green-fire tetras, Lemon tetras and Tucanos. There are many tetras that dont eat plants.

None of the above are aggressive with con-specifics or other fish; but, I also dont keep any tetra below 8-12 in a group.

As far as the more aggressive tetras: Buenos Aires, Serpaes, White tips, Columbians-- yes, need to be in larger groups, larger tanks, with fish that match the same semi-aggressive nature. The mistake many people make is to put these semi-aggressive tetras in a too small of tank, in inadequate numbers, and with other fish that are incompatible. Sure-fire recipe for a bad experience.
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Ive only had plants in my tanks for a very short time, about a year and 6 months or so.
Ive heard that some tetras eat plants- but, none of my Africans do.
The other varieties I have currently in other tanks that dont eat plants are Rummy-nose, Imperial tetras, Green-fire tetras, Lemon tetras and Tucanos. There are many tetras that dont eat plants.

None of the above are aggressive with con-specifics or other fish; but, I also dont keep any tetra below 8-12 in a group.

As far as the more aggressive tetras: Buenos Aires, Serpaes, White tips, Columbians-- yes, need to be in larger groups, larger tanks, with fish that match the same semi-aggressive nature. The mistake many people make is to put these semi-aggressive tetras in a too small of tank, in inadequate numbers, and with other fish that are incompatible. Sure-fire recipe for a bad experience.
I'm not educated about how species are defined, so, does anyone know why such a large group of widely varying fish are all considered to be "tetras"?
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It comes from Tetragonopterus which at one time was a catch all genus for many species in the family Characidae. Most of these have been reclassified into different genera.
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