Opinions from Diamond Tetra owners?

SamMe

I currently have a 55 gallon tank of mostly older community fish which I would like to eventually convert to a SA/CA cichlid tank as the older fish die off. The cichlids I'm interested in are for the most part medium sized and semi-aggressive.

My current Stock is as follows:
1 old Rummy nose (last of school)
4 old Harlequin Rasboras (last of school)
1 5 yr. old SAE
1 young BN pleco
1 juvenile Firemouth

I would like to have a strictly SA/CA tank, so would like to re-home the SAE and get a school of tetras that will eventually serve as dithers for my cichlids, but I can also enjoy in the mean time. I will eventually be moving everyone into a 180 gallon tank. I LOVE my Rummy nose tetras and wouldn't hesitate to get another large school of them, but one of the cichlids I plan to get is an Acara and I've read many on the forum that say their's snack on Rummy nose. I'm thinking instead of getting a school of diamond tetras and would like opinions from some of you who have experience with them. Are they bad at fin nipping? One of the reason I love my Rummy nose is they NEVER nip! What area of the tank does yours occupy most often? Are they shy, or do they stay out in the open like Harlequins? Anything else I should know about them?Thank you so much in advance for your advice. I've read many articles, but would like to hear from those who have personal experience with them.
 

BigManAquatics

Never kept diamond tetras, but if they are like a lot of tetras, if you keep enough, shouldn't have a lot of issue of them going after other fish, just maybe themselves.
 

A201

I currently keep a big group of Diamond Tetras. They are a very big, durable & colorful Tetra.
Diamonds frequent all levels of a tank & don't bother other species.
They shoal, rather than school. The males harmlessly chase each other usually in the morning hours. Diamond are not shy & are voracious feeders. One of my favorites.
 

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SamMe

THANK YOU! That is exactly the information I have been looking for. Your help is much appreciated. : )
 

TClare

I would love to get some diamond tetras, sadly I have never seen them for sale here. I agree they should be ideal for your cichlid setup.
 

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