Some of my Cardinal Tetras

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They were looking particularly blue so I snapped a quick picture, sorry for the quality. I had to turn my shutter speed down for light and these guys move ALOT.
 

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Wow, that is a really nice shot of the group, thanks for sharing it. It really shows off the blue well, and looks even better with the darker background.
 
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Thanks guys. They are like one of those perpetual motion things but fish. I really need to get a DSLR, just too much $$$$.

Adam- That's why I love the black substrate/background combo, it just makes everything pop. Even plants or fish with subdued colors imo.
 
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Thanks! The amount is kind of in flux constantly, they're my favorite small schooler so I always get them when they're on special at my lfs and then push them on anyone I know locally who keeps fish. My lfs gets them wild caught so theirs always a bit of rehab I guess you'd call it. Deworming them and getting them eating or healed. I get really proud taking the small, pale, scared fish and turning them into a glowing, healthy and inquisitive specimen.

To answer your question, in that tank is I believe twelve or so. Seems like theirs always some in qt/hosp as well.
 

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Gorgeous! If they are wild caught, how do you "train" them to eat? Or does your LFS do that before you get them? What do you feed them?
 
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Generally, they resist the nls for a few days. After that, they are either hungry enough or they recognize it as food and start eating. If there's hold outs in the group I offer some brine shrimp or bloodworms just to get them eating and typically they'll start taking pellets shortly after, I think its partially getting them involved in the "frenzy" and then instinct takes over and they snatch up whatever is around.

I try to get them as soon as they come in but sometimes the lfs has them eating. I feed them nls thera+a .5mm size pellets. The other part about being wild caught is they're often beat up by other fish they were collected with, missing eyes and other wounds so I do lose quite a few.
 

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Your cards are lovely, vibrant color and they look very healthy! Mine look lovely and colorful in person but it never comes out the same in a photo I need a better camera
 
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Thanks! I know what you mean, I just have a panasonic point and shoot. I just can't justify the $$$$ for a DSLR, I could get several more tanks up and running for that!

Also, if you haven't already, try turning off your flash (it washes them out) and slowing your shutter speed a bit to get enough light.
 

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