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Lemon Tetras; Love 'em or dislike 'em?

Have you had, or presently have Lemon Tetras? Do you Love 'em or dislike 'em and why?

I have read a lot of people find them to be a fun tetra with nice coloring, and others have stated just the opposite. I am sure like most fish, the environment has plenty to do with the coloring and behavior of the fish. And of course, in the end, it all comes down to personal preference. Still, I thought it would be interesting to have folks tell those of us that are interested in Lemon Tetras about their personal experience with this species.
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I love mine, they are a great schooling fish!

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I like them. They're placid, hardy, and if you keep them in the right conditions (low-light, soft, acidic) their colors really come through.

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Hi amanda to answer your question. I think I just expected more from them. They are good looking fish and when I compare mine to pictures online there color seems just as good. I guess I wanted more yellow though. I think when i get better quality bulbs it will make a big difference. My tank is mod to heavily planted. They are just not doing much for me.
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I like big rowdy fish but that is just a personal problem! My granddaughter does love her "Lemondrop".
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Thanks everyone for your opinions! I love it! Keep them coming
Oh...and lemondrops...haHa! That's exactly what my 5 year old said they looked like!
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Hi amanda to answer your question. I think I just expected more from them. They are good looking fish and when I compare mine to pictures online there color seems just as good. I guess I wanted more yellow though. I think when i get better quality bulbs it will make a big difference. My tank is mod to heavily planted. They are just not doing much for me.
Hmmm, that's too bad. They do appear to be more on the transparent side with a hint of yellow throughout. Is that what they look like to you? You probably already have seen the Electric Yellow Lab Cichlid (and it's not a schooling fish), but thought I'd mention it just so you could take a look-see if you haven't seen them. Talk about awesomely yellow!
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I love mine, they are a great schooling fish!
They school better than most other tetras such as Skirts, Phantoms, Bleeding Hearts, and Von Rios, I believe. Have you found this to be true in your tank?

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I like them. They're placid, hardy, and if you keep them in the right conditions (low-light, soft, acidic) their colors really come through.
Sounds like they will love my tank! Low light, soft and acidic. Perfect
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I've noticed the Lemon Tetra has somewhat of a tendency to school with other species. The more they resemble in size and shape, the stronger it is. Put them with Pristellas - another loose schooler - and you'll be watching a mess probably more than 80% of the time.

But a very nice tetra indeed.
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Hmmm, that's too bad. They do appear to be more on the transparent side with a hint of yellow throughout. Is that what they look like to you? You probably already have seen the Electric Yellow Lab Cichlid (and it's not a schooling fish), but thought I'd mention it just so you could take a look-see if you haven't seen them. Talk about awesomely yellow!
Thank you for your thorough input

I did africans for years, years ago. I think it more comes down to I am more of a large fish person. I have lemons, black neons, roselines, and Laetacara araguaiae, gold ring hillstream loach, and some others in my tank. The lemons are my least favorite.
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I've noticed the Lemon Tetra has somewhat of a tendency to school with other species. The more they resemble in size and shape, the stronger it is. Put them with Pristellas - another loose schooler - and you'll be watching a mess probably more than 80% of the time.

But a very nice tetra indeed.
That's good to know! Thank you!

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I did africans for years, years ago. I think it more comes down to I am more of a large fish person. I have lemons, black neons, roselines, and Laetacara araguaiae, gold ring hillstream loach, and some others in my tank. The lemons are my least favorite.
Talking large fish, my favorite is the Crossback Gold or Red Arowana. I tell ya, if my husband loved fish as much as I do, we would so build a humongous tank for an arowana!

Thanks for sharing your opinion regarding the Lemon Tetra!
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That's good to know! Thank you!


Talking large fish, my favorite is the Crossback Gold or Red Arowana. I tell ya, if my husband loved fish as much as I do, we would so build a humongous tank for an arowana!

Thanks for sharing your opinion regarding the Lemon Tetra!
Asian aros are gorgeous. Too bad they are not legal in the US.
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Asian aros are gorgeous. Too bad they are not legal in the US.
Wow...I've seen them online and did a little reading on. Never knew they were illegal in US until now. That's too bad.
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the silver, black, jardini, leichardti, and african (not a true aro) are legal tho.
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