As my name implies, 20 gallons.atmmachine said:What size tank do you have and how many do you have. Also what fish live with him. I have some with angels, guppies, and rasboras and they don't nip them.
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We have a lack of 'experts' to help the public around here!Butterfly said:Those are schooling fish and frequently when kept alone can be quite nippy. You need at least three but more is better.
Sigh....he STILL is trying to impregnate Platy. Won't give the guppy females, who follow him around, the time of day.......I hope he doesn't stress her out by hounding her.Butterfly said:Glad to hear things have worked out. Yes Mr. Guppy doesn't care as long as he thinks its female but he will notice the Guppy females sooner or later and probably sooner
He's doing GREAT with the bettas, yes, it's a divided tank with two bettas that have been together over a year. He's been in there for a few weeks and no one is bothering anyone else. Previously, before the 20 gallon tank, before the betta tank, the H/T was in a tank with a betta and Red Serpae Tetra for about 8 months and no one bothered anyone else.0morrokh said:The Head and Tail Light shouldn't be in a tank with a Betta. The Betta will make an even better target for a lone tetra, with his long flowing fins, than the other fish did. Bettas and tetras are not considered compatible because the tetras will soon leave Mr. Betta tailless.
Tetras are shoaling fish and so they need to be kept in groups of 6 or more. Otherwise, you will have nipping problems. If you get your H&T Light some friends to play with, I be he'd be a much more peaceful tankmate. But he can NOT be left with the Betta.
There is no more nipping. It stopped when the tetra was put back from whence he came, paling with the betta as he has for the past many months!0morrokh said:Well, I still wouldn't recommend leaving him in with the Betta. I would hate to see you wake up one morning and find your Betta finless. However, even if you think the Betta and tetra will be ok together, the tetra will not be happy alone. Tetras are shoaling species so they need the company of several others of their species. Otherwise they will be timid, unhappy, and stressed. This is because in the wild their defence mechanism is to live in large groups. This goes for the Silvertip and the Serpae as well...they should be kept in shoals for their own benefit. This will also stop the nipping.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I'm leaving this forum because of you, Chickadee! You think you are right on EVERY thing printed and said and that is IT! You locked the salt topic because you had your say and said it was OFF TOPIC? Get a clue woman, you have NO idea what Off Topic is, that was about salt but you said what YOU had to say and locked it. You ruined this forum for me right then and there!chickadee said:There have been several betta owners on the Betta board who have had trouble with the Tetras nipping the fins of their betta and eventually this WILL lead to infected fins and bacterial fin rot and can lead to death for the betta if not treated.
Also Tetras of all kinds are schooling fish and need to be kept in groups of 6 or more to avoid aggressive behavior. Your tetra is going to exhibit this type of behavior even more than usual because he is not in his normal living style. He is a bully and will continue to be one only you will not notice until the fins of the other fish are too short to be repaired without a lot of help and isolation.
Nipped fins are no joke and bettas have no defense as they do not see tetras as threats so they generally will simply let them do it. It is really sad that you insist in keeping these fish together.