Tetra's - what would go well and compliment eachother

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Re: Tetra's - what would go well and compliment eachother

Postby Born again » Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:45 am

I have 2 gouramis, 5 clowns and various small groups of different tetras and they all get on just fine. If you're lucky (as I feel I seem to be) then pick your favourites. I personally love having a variety of colours in the tank.
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Re: Tetra's - what would go well and compliment eachother

Postby michelle76 » Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:18 am

thanks for the info born again. Just out of curiosity what smaller tetras to you have and what colour gouramis do you have as I have a blue, gold and pearl. I just don't want to buy fish and then have them die because they were killed by other fish because of being too small.
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Re: Tetra's - what would go well and compliment eachother

Postby Born again » Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:51 pm

I've got 8 neons, 5 cardinals, 5 rummies and 5 phantoms. There's also some harlequins.(2 blue and 2 pink gouramis).

The only fighting problem I've had was when I had a couple of silver mollies. 1 of them just couldn't leave the blue gourami alone so I found them a new home.

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Re: Tetra's - what would go well and compliment eachother

Postby michelle76 » Sun Oct 16, 2011 12:08 am

born again - what are the phantoms like ie behaviour and colour when in a group. I can get both the phantom and the rosy tetra at the lfs and am considering these
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Re: Tetra's - what would go well and compliment eachother

Postby Born again » Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:53 am

The phantoms are placid. I like them with my neons and harlequins as it gives lots of glowing blue 'highlights' in the tank. I'd go for Rosy if you want more of a colour mix but I think they all look good together.

Just to be a bit thick (not unusual! :D ), what is lfs? Local fish shop perhaps?

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Re: Tetra's - what would go well and compliment eachother

Postby michelle76 » Mon Oct 17, 2011 1:12 pm

yeah lfs does mean local fish shop.

when i took one of my kids into the fish store to look at the fish but also let her look at the dogs, the power was out, so couldn't actually see the rosy tetras and phantom tetras. I did read the phantoms like to play fight, which has attracted me and also the rosy tetras i like the colourings on the tips and I think a mix of the two would look good just not sure how many as yet.

I'm possibly thinking the following at the moment but I am sure it will probably change:

3x gouramis
3x clown loaches
2x bala shark (to be rehomed at some point)
2x boesemani rainbows or 5 diamond tetra
6x phantom tetras
6x rosey tetra
3x sucking loaches (to be rehomed at some point and a bristlenosed plec to replace)
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Re: Tetra's - what would go well and compliment eachother

Postby michelle76 » Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:24 am

ok, further to above post, we have now lost another gourami, namely the gold so now we are down to 2. I am thinking its the sucking loaches that are killing the fish, does anyone know if they kill at night only.

Anyway re combinations: (and this is the lat time I ask the question)

2x gouramis 1x blue, 1x pearl
3x clown loaches (when we buy 2 more as only have 1)
6x rosey tetras
6x diamond tetras
1x bristlenose plec to replace the 3x sucking loaches.
2x bala shark (hubby not keen on parting with these)

not sure what else to add to this combination. Maybe 1 or 2 boesemani rainbow with a view to 5 in total. I know they are a schooling fish however I am thinking once we get rid of the bala shark, we could say add more rainbows to the tank. Feedback appreciated....
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Re: Tetra's - what would go well and compliment eachother

Postby todd » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:42 am

My personal experience with clown loaches is that they are a "bully" type. They constantly harassed the tetras, cory's and all. I had two of the clowns and dumped them in the drink for lewd behavior! Yes, I was the judge, jury and executioner.
My bet is that the clowns are killing at night as they are nocturnal; that's when "Mr. Hyde" comes out. I rid myself of them before they could kill/harm any more. I purchased them because I was told that they would eat the wild snails that had infested my tank. But it seems to me they took advantage of anything in their path.
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Re: Tetra's - what would go well and compliment eachother

Postby Angel Fish » Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:47 am

Are you sure that they were Clown Loaches? In all the time I've kept fish I found Cloaches to be one of the most peaceful of all species.
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Re: Tetra's - what would go well and compliment eachother

Postby todd » Sun Oct 23, 2011 11:29 am

They were sold as clown loaches. Orangish with black, verticle bars and short, stubby bristled snouts.
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Re: Tetra's - what would go well and compliment eachother

Postby Carylnz » Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:18 am

I have never heard of them being bullys either but your description of their colouring matches clown loaches. A lot depends on how many you have, how well planted the aquarium is, and what size it is. Loaches are happier in groups and should start in a minimum of 4ft aquarium.
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Re: Tetra's - what would go well and compliment eachother

Postby Born again » Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:46 am

Mine certainly don't bully the other fish. There are 5 in my tank and they tend to stick together but never have I known them to be aggressive. They also sorted my snail problem. At night once the light has gone off I've only known them to rest.
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Re: Tetra's - what would go well and compliment eachother

Postby iigwk » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:32 am

i think it looks better to have a big shoal of one or two species, they colour better and act natural and shoal. a big group of one species can look stunning.
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