Tetra advice

Discussion in 'Tetras' started by Scanlon, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. Scanlon

    ScanlonValued MemberMember


    I hope this is not a stupid question, but I was trying to select fish for my new tank and would like some tetras. From the information I've read I have found out it's better to keep them in shoals of around twelve.

    My question is would the shoal have to consist of the same type i.e. all neons or could I for instance have 4 neons, 4 glowlights and 4 diamonds? Would they be happy together or are they sworn enemies?

    I new to this so be gentle.
  2. platy ben

    platy benWell Known MemberMember

    Ech shoal doesnt have to be 12, I say 4 at the least for each separate shoal, but 6 is a good number.
    I think the selection you have chose will be fine as all of them are alike (other tan being tetras:p) e.g. the glowlight and neons both have a stripe(s). I think the fish you have listed will be fine :)
  3. peacemaker92

    peacemaker92Well Known MemberMember

    I thought they'd call a group of tetras a school? Anyways, I second on what Platy Ben said. A good group of 6 tetras will be happy. But the more the better :)
  4. harpua2002

    harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    No worries, they will be fine together in those numbers. I'd like to see them in larger groups of their own kind, but it isn't a big deal. Since your tank is 50 gallons, you easily have enough room to add 10 of each species (SLOWLY of course, after the tank cycles).

    Do you have any other ideas for your tank? Anything else you might like other than tetras? I'm sure we can help you get a plan together if you need our help. :)
  5. Tana

    TanaValued MemberMember

    I have 4 each of the neons and glowlights in my 10 gallon and they all get along but they don't really school together because I think they just don't really have enough swim space in that small of a tank. I will be moving them into the 38 gallon once it's set up and cycled and getting approximately 6-8 more of each variety so they can be happier in the larger group as harpua2002 suggests. They have a small bio-load, so I would also recommend more for your sized tank.
  6. LyndaB

    LyndaBFishlore LegendMember

    I love tetras. They seem more comfortable in groups of 6 or more. :;2cents
  7. OP

    ScanlonValued MemberMember


    Thanks for all the advice, I was really hoping that was the case as I've always loved tetras. They have definatly made the final cut.

    Would really like your advice on tank mates for them maybe some bigger fish.

    Thanks again.
  8. harpua2002

    harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    SA dwarf cichlids make nice tank mates for tetras. If you're interested, look into rams or apistogramma. Corydoras catfish are excellent tank mates as well.
  9. platy ben

    platy benWell Known MemberMember

    Maybe some sort of gourami for the type of the tank aswel :)

    I totally agree, dwarf cichlids are great with tetras :)
  10. LyndaB

    LyndaBFishlore LegendMember

    Yoyo loaches are a wonderful tank mate and add a whole new dimension of activity to the tank. :party0024:
  11. flyin-lowe

    flyin-loweWell Known MemberMember

    From the research I have done the cardinal and neon tetras need to go into an established tank. Once your tank has cycled you need to have some other fish in it for several months then you can add the tetras.
  12. chunkdaddy

    chunkdaddyValued MemberMember

    I've got Zebra Danios with my BA Tetras. They get along well together.