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Old 11-08-2012, 11:31 AM   #31
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I wouldn't tag them aggressive. There's some intraspecific aggression in the Lemon Tetra, just their protocolary arguments to decide the pecking order. I would say, from experience only, that this aggression is noticeably more than in neons and other tetras with weak character, but not even close to serpaes. It seems to me that in larger groups (15+) they are busier among themselves trying to settle their sixes and sevens and ignore most other fish.

I think you should get them.
Oh well that's no problem at all. I think I'd get 20-30 then just to be sure they have plenty to do among eachother gnoring the Angels and Betta Thanks!

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CITES protected. They are considered good luck to own so they were over harvested in the wild to the point that they were endangered. Even though they are readily bred in farms we cannot have them here. Canada can though.
Hmmm. That's neat. Another new fact about these beauties. Thank you for sharing!
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:05 PM   #32
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Whoa! That is extremely important! My family loves shrimp and in a year we were going to get some! Okay!!!! Too bad, because I really thought these were the fish for our tank. I love what I have read and seen so far up until the shrimpies.

Before I make a final descision, was your tank heavily planted so the shrimp had places to hang out/hide? Just curious if the Lemons were lurking through the plants hunting them.
yes heavy planted and plenty of bogwood, loads of hidey holes. in fact so many that i lost a full grown ancistrus for two weeks in there(thats with me checking multiple times a day for it and the tank being veiwable from 3 sides)
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:59 PM   #33
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yes heavy planted and plenty of bogwood, loads of hidey holes. in fact so many that i lost a full grown ancistrus for two weeks in there(thats with me checking multiple times a day for it and the tank being veiwable from 3 sides)
Wow. Do you know if yours were tank bred or Wild caught? I don't know but maybe if they are wild caught or F1's or F2's they'd have more of a drive to hunt their own prey?
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:56 AM   #34
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I've had Lemons numerous times in my community tanks over the years. They are great fish that add a splash of color with that bright red eye and gold body. I'm big into eye color these days and I've got 5 colors in my tank at the moment from blue to green and red. I also agree with the comments about their schooling. They are just like pristillas in that they are loose schoolers often hanging out with other critters of smilar disposition.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:29 AM   #35
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Okay thank you I am not familiar with how Pristella school...but I have had Serpae Tetras, White Skirt and Black Skirt Tetras as well as Glowlights and Rummynose. Can you tell me which of the above species compare to the schooling behavior of Lemon Tetras?
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:43 AM   #36
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First of all, your HOT!

He or she killed the other two I had. And now he's the only one in my 29 community planted. I love tho.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:06 AM   #37
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First of all, your HOT!

He or she killed the other two I had. And now he's the only one in my 29 community planted. I love tho.
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Oh My G.. HaHA. Thanks....Awe too bad there's only 1 left.
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Okay thank you I am not familiar with how Pristella school...but I have had Serpae Tetras, White Skirt and Black Skirt Tetras as well as Glowlights and Rummynose. Can you tell me which of the above species compare to the schooling behavior of Lemon Tetras?
Not as aggressive as black skirts or serpae tetras. Not as tight schooling as rummy nose. Sorta like glowlights in that they will drift around the tank but keep their buddies in eye sight.
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Not as aggressive as black skirts or serpae tetras. Not as tight schooling as rummy nose. Sorta like glowlights in that they will drift around the tank but keep their buddies in eye sight.
Oh okay! Thank you Now I totally have the picture of what they'd look like in my tank.
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IMO a decent group of lemon tetras in a blackwater tank is one of the prettiest examples of tetras i can think of
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IMO a decent group of lemon tetras in a blackwater tank is one of the prettiest examples of tetras i can think of
They do look great in blackwater. I just watched a couple vids of them in this biotope setup.
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Not as aggressive as black skirts or serpae tetras. Not as tight schooling as rummy nose. Sorta like glowlights in that they will drift around the tank but keep their buddies in eye sight.
Kind of, yes. But to me, the Lemon is in a higher tier of boldness/confidence. The glowlight is a little more wary, but not in the wuss tier with neons who usually choose to hide among the plants.

I'd say they resemble the drifty behaviour of glowlights, but with the boldness of black neons (which school differently).

Just talking about them makes me want to have them again.

There's something about the Lemon. People who have enjoyed keeping them will agree.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:09 AM   #43
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There's something about the Lemon. People who have enjoyed keeping them will agree.
There really must be because you are far from the first person who has said this!
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Hey Amanda,

Here is my planted 75 w/ 100+ Lemon Tetras in it. Hopefully, this will answer your question about schooling behavior.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU7NeHYgFA0&feature=plcp

I love 'em! My passion for the hobby is breeding Tetras. This tank could have been filled w/ all Neon or Cardinals that I have breed, but right now I have chosen to put my Lemons on display, because they are:

1) Very beautiful. The more mature they get, the more the body yellows up. The striped finnage is striking as well.
2) Very friendly. They don't pick on themselves or other fish. They don't even eat the runts of the litter like Buenos Aires & Head & Tail Lights do.
3) Social behavior. While they might not be the tightest schooling Tetra, they do school tightly when they need to (scared) and are stunning to see as a group especially in a planted tank.

IMO, you just can't go wrong with this species.

Best of luck,
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:15 PM   #45
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That's a cool video - and in your case, the Lemons seem to prefer the upper levels of the tank. I find it's hard to get fish that like the upper levels - this could really help fill out a tank.
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