Silver Tip Tetra Versus Cardinal Tetra

Discussion in 'Tetras' started by Puck44, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Puck44

    Puck44Valued MemberMember

    Hi, I am almost (hopefully)done cycling my 20 gallon long aquarium!!!

    so we are going to have three honey gouramis (female) , A school of around six albino Cory’s and we also want a main school of fish!
    The options are narrowed down between cardinal tetras and silvertip tetras.! So I was wondering what you think the pros and cons of these two Fish are. We are going to keep it around 80° Fahrenheit. Would like any recommendations or anything like that. Thank you! Also we would like to keep around 10 of them!

    so what do you guys think?
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  2. Ryan P

    Ryan PValued MemberMember

    I have both on my 60 Gallon community tank. It's hard to pick since they are both amazing fish!!
    I love my silver tip because they are very active, not as much as very tight schoolers.
    My cardinals on the other hand schools better, and most people that visits us notice the cardinal more.
    at the end it's up to you! but both of them are great fishes! Good Luck!
  3. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Silvertips could be quite busy in a 20G.
    Cardinals are more schoolers
  4. OP

    Puck44Valued MemberMember

    Cool thanks! How would silver tips do at 80 degrees?

    Thanks, what do you mean when you say busy? There not to big for a 20 gal long right?
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  5. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Silvertips have a different "language" than other tetras. The males will chase females constantly till they are exhausted in the plants. They constantly show off (males) etc...
  6. Ryan P

    Ryan PValued MemberMember

    Agree to this this is the behavior that I find on my school of Silvertips. that's the reason why they are active.

    I keep my tank at 26-27C (78-80F)
  7. OP

    Puck44Valued MemberMember

    Cool! Thanks for all of the responses everybody!
    What would you recommend the male/ female ratio be? Maybe 8 females/2males? Also I might keep them at 79-80degrees. Are they compatible with honey gouramis? What ph do they prefer? 8? 7? 6?
    So would
    6x Albino Cory’s
    3x female honeys
    10x silver tips 8 female/2male be a good stocking?
  8. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    pH isn't an issue. Just keep it stable.
  9. Ryan P

    Ryan PValued MemberMember

    I'm not a stocking expert so I'll let other's handle that.

    In terms of sexing though, I have 20 on my tank and don't know the ratio, I got them as batches and really didn't ask for specific ratio of M:F. It could also be hard to sex them at the LFS since they don't color up really well on the store. If I were to re do it though I think you're on point on getting more F than M, mines are very active batch and I think those are M chasing each other and/or M chasing F showing off.
  10. Firestarter2018

    Firestarter2018New MemberMember

    I love my Silvertips. They are cool to watch. Everytime I come to the tank , they think it's feeding time. The males have a bronze color to them.
  11. AustinS

    AustinSValued MemberMember

    The female silvertips are more yellow than orange compared to the males, along with the rounder stomach, etc. that's typical of female tetras. I feel bad for mine sometimes because I have 9 of them and only 3 are female :nailbiting: