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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 03-12-2013, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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What's your favorite tetra?

I would like to add a small school of tetras to the 25 gallon tank I'm starting. I would like to have a small group of cories (pygmy or dwarf if I can find them locally), one (possibly a pair) Bolivian Ram and a small (around 10) school of tetras. I don't really care for cardinals or neons, and I've kept Serpae in the past and would like to try something new. So what are some other tetras I should look into?
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rummynose all the way! love them..the best shoalers in among the tetra family IMO

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Cardinals are hands down my favorite. Their colors in large groups look really cool. Very tight schoolers as well (tighter than neons).

My other favorite would be Rummynose. Just because they look cool.
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Black neons. Too plain for most folks, but I love having mostly subtle colors in my planted tanks for the soothing affect. They will spend quite a bit of time in among the plants during the day but mine also routinely school near the top of the tank, lined up in the high flow of the filter output.
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post #5 of 46 (permalink) Old 03-12-2013, 05:39 PM
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Hands down. . Emperor Tetra. I've had these guys for years and they are fun to watch, not to mention they are stunning in a planted tank (side note: I would only keep one male and a few females in a planted tank that size, not a school of 10) But they are just a nice larger tetra is you're looking for that.


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Hummingbird Tetra Characidium fasciatum. What they lack in color they make up in character ten fold. They float like a hummingbird for short periods of time and dart around the bottom for food with there pointy snouts. I've spent alot of time watching them going after daphnia and brine shrimp.

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Hands down. . Emperor Tetra. I've had these guys for years and they are fun to watch, not to mention they are stunning in a planted tank (side note: I would only keep one male and a few females in a planted tank that size, not a school of 10) But they are just a nice larger tetra is you're looking for that.


Those are beautiful!! I've never seen them before. Hmmm...wonder if the LFS ever gets them...

I'm also a fan of the Rummynoses- very pretty.
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Von rio (Flame) tetras! They may not look great in the store, but give them some time and they look beautiful!

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I've always been a fan of Lemon Tetras

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+1 for the emperor tetra

Congo tetra is a tetra I would like to have when I will have a big tank (at least 4 feet if not 6 feet long).

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I like the green fire tetra (if you are looking for a smaller tetra.) They do NOT look their best in the store but when put in a planted aquarium they have a green body with a red patch along the bottom of their tail.
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For pure schooling it's definitely the rummy, for beauty the Congo. Here's one of mine:


Congo Tetra by naturalaquascapedesigns, on Flickr
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For pure schooling it's definitely the rummy, for beauty the Congo. Here's one of mine:


Congo Tetra by naturalaquascapedesigns, on Flickr
Had those also in my tank with the Emperors and I gotta say, they are my #2 pick! Wonderful tetras, beautiful and fun to watch.

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I love my serpae tetras. I have had my 6 for about a year along with my silver dollars!!!!
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