Ember Tetra Tank

  1. d

    dickwheat Initiate Member

    Greetings

    I have a 10 gallon planted tank with 12 ember tetras and some amano shrimp. I have had the fish for 2 months and they are still quite pale for embers. Most of them are slightly orange but I can't figure out why they are not coloring up more. They also will not come to the surface and eat.

    Water parameters:
    Ammonia: 0
    Nitrite:0
    Nitrate: <20
    PH 6.5-7
    Hardness: 80
    Water temp: 77-78F

    At this moment, I am stumped. They do tend to hide in the plants and come out to the middle of the tank to eat sinking food.

    Any thoughts? f5e392b8979dacbe5c311dd72565c202.jpg
     
  2. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    They may be young fish. I have embers in my 40B, and they are quite vibrant, but they didn't start out that way. Frankly, I was underwhelmed by them for months because they didn't look much like the photos I had seen. But they got there in the end.

    The feeding behavior sounds normal to me. Mine wait for food to come to them as well.
     
  3. OP
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    d

    dickwheat Initiate Member

    A few of them are quite small. I asked for younger ones when my LFS ordered them. I trust the store, as it is locally known for carrying good stock and doing things right.