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Characins - Tetra Species
(Tetra species)

Tetra Species > Quick Stats
Food: Most Tetra's will take Tropical flake foods (some smaller), Treats include bloodworms or brine shrimp (live or frozen)
Breeding: Some species are hard to breed others are rather easy. In most cases the water must be just right for many species.
Tank Conditions: Varies: Tetra do well in almost any environment. Most like a slightly acidic PH(6.5 - 6.8) Range. Most also like planted environments. Research individual species.

This site was created to get straight to the point. Below are some tips on keeping Tetras. Send any additional information or questions to Ask An Expert

Tetra Species

Most tetras are peaceful fish that mix well with other species, however, a few types are prone to being nippy (eg Serpae tetras). Large fish such as Gouramis, Angelfish and Silverdollars should be avoided. Of course, larger tetra species such as buones aires tetras, congo tetras, serpaes and others can be mixed with quite large tankmates. Compatible with other community tetras, danios, rasboras, smaller plecos, and catfish. Can be compatible with less aggressive barbs and gouramis. Keep in same-species schools

Tetra Species: Key Points, Tips & Tricks - Tetra Q/A

  1. Some specieas are easy to breed others are impossible. The water must be just right for many species.
  2. Tetra species can be sexed but it is not that easy. Females are typically broader in width and have a larger abdomen.
  3. Community tetras are generally quiet and non-aggressive and make great starter fish.
  4. Most are brightly colored schooling fish that add movement and color to any aquarium environment.
  5. Most specieas love large schools of there same species.
  6. Clean, well oxygenated water is critical for success with American tetras.
  7. Like all tetras, American Tetras are egglayers, and will not raise their young - in fact they will eat them if left in the same tank with the fry.

Tetra Species: DO'S - Tetra Q/A

  1. Do keep large groups, happiest in groups of six or more of the same species. The more the merrier!
  2. Put plenty of hiding spaces in your tank, sometimes they need a place to hide.
  3. Most tetras love planted tanks.
  4. Introduce new fish to the aquarium gradually, some tetra's can be touchy to new tankmates.
  5. Slightly acidic PH is a key to keeping healthy tetras.
  6. If food is present after five minutes, that is an indication that you are overfeeding. Frequent small feedings are recommended rather than large feedings.

Tetra Species: DONT'S - Tetra Q/A

  1. Don't put Big fish in with small tetras, they will disappear. (food chain magic)
  2. Don't forget to change the water to many times. Some of these fish can be touchy, they need regular water changes.

Follow the above recommendations and you should have a joyful Tetra experience. Send any questions, comments or pictures to Ask An Expert If you are interested in helping out visit our contributions page.

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References/Further Reading

Berra, T. M. 2001. Freshwater Fish Distribution. Academic Press. San Diego, CA
Gery, J. 1977 Characoids of the World. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 672 pp.
Hubbs, C. L. and K. F. Lagler. 1947 (and other editions). Fishes of the Great Lakes Region. Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bulletin No. 26.
Moyle, P.B. and J. J. Cech, Jr. 2000. Fishes: An Introduction To Ichthyology, 4th Edition. Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
Myers, G.S. 1972 The Piranha Book: an account of the ill-famed piranha fishes of the rivers of tropical South America. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 128 pp.
Nelson, J. S. 1994. Fishes of the World, 3rd edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, New York.
Page, L. M. and B. M. Burr. 1991. Peterson Field Guides: Freshwater Fishes. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass.
Paxton, J. R. and W. N. Eschmeyer. 1998. Encyclopedia of Fishes. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
Shulte, W. 1988 Piranhas in the Aquarium. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 128 pp.

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