Who's likely the culprit of the fin nipping in my 20 gallon long?

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I'd say the Serpaes. In my experience, Cherries enjoy chasing but they aren't big nippers. Serpaes are known to be nippers, especially in small schools.
 

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+1 to the Serpaes. I have a school of 10 and they still nip. Thankfully, it's only occasionally.
 

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I would also say the cherrys or serpae ... but in the serpaes defense I have 5 in my 55 that I’ve had for 2.5 years since it’s been set up and they never bothered anyone but each other. I wouldn’t 100% rule out the zebras either they are quick little things especially around feeding time so if something is in their path they could get the other fish. Do you have pics of the nipped fins?
 

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I had a school of 9 serpaes, and only some panda cories on the bottom. The serpaes would continuously bicker and nip at eachother, but that is fine when they keep it in their own group. But I decided to feed them a cricket (bad idea). They ripped it apart like a vicious school of piranha :(

I have kept many tetra types, nothing compares to the serpae IMO. They are gorgeous fish tho! A good alternative are red phantom tetras, they are similar looking, but no where near the aggressiveness or nippiness of serpae. Upping the school number could help a lot to keep the aggression within the school.
 

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I kept a "school" of two serpaes in a 20 gal with angels and there was no issue. I know shun me. The angels are in a 36 bow now and I rehomed the serpaes.
 

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Amazoniantanklvr said:
I kept a "school" of two serpaes in a 20 gal with angels and there was no issue. I know shun me. The angels are in a 36 bow now and I rehomed the serpaes.
My mom keeps three serpaes (she thought they were red phantoms) and 3 black phantoms in her 29 gallon and they are fine in a community tank with cories. Must totally depend on the fish personality.
Disclaimer I do suggest bigger schools of one type of tetra rather than a few of different types.
 

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angelcraze said:
My mom keeps three serpaes (she thought they were red phantoms) and 3 black phantoms in her 29 gallon and they are fine in a community tank with cories. Must totally depend on the fish personality.
Yes, it totally does!
 

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My secret for keeping Serpae ???
Get long fins ! They are beautiful and too slow to do the damage they want .
An active and attractive fish ..I had them in my 180. They couldn't catch anything and current / flow was their greatest enemy !
I would do them again..Not regular fins though ...
When life gives you lemons have an Arnold Palmer ! :D
 

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coralbandit said:
When life gives you lemons have an Arnold Palmer ! :D
That's new one...……………………………………….I like it!
 

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coralbandit said:
My secret for keeping Serpae ???
Get long fins ! They are beautiful and too slow to do the damage they want .
An active and attractive fish ..I had them in my 180. They couldn't catch anything and current / flow was their greatest enemy !
I would do them again..Not regular fins though ...
When life gives you lemons have an Arnold Palmer ! :D
See, I have these. Half a dozen. And you are right, they are stunning. They were the first inhabitants of the tank. Any time I would introduce a new fish or fishes, they still definitely went after them, for a few hours, and then they settled down. I found that introducing new fish with the lights completely off has eliminated even that nipping.
 

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coralbandit I think my mom's serpeas are long fin! That's a good observation :) plus I guess they don't swim as quick.
 

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angelcraze said:
coralbandit I think my mom's serpeas are long fin! That's a good observation :) plus I guess they don't swim as quick.
They "jerk" themselves around the tank!
 

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angelcraze said:
coralbandit I think my mom's serpeas are long fin! That's a good observation :) plus I guess they don't swim as quick.
Exactly ! The fins slow them down like they do guppies ,
Only difference is these fish need it in aquaria .
I am sure in the wild they get on just fine without our help but they are such a good looking fish so many have issue with ..
Imagine a long fin tiger barb ...You could be the meanest tightest fish going but if you are two steps behind it won't ever matter ?
 

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coralbandit said:
My secret for keeping Serpae ???
Get long fins ! They are beautiful and too slow to do the damage they want .
An active and attractive fish ..I had them in my 180. They couldn't catch anything and current / flow was their greatest enemy !
I would do them again..Not regular fins though ...
When life gives you lemons have an Arnold Palmer ! :D
But they cost more, and I'm cheap.
 

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