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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-12-2019, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Neon Tetra

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I have 9 neons in my tank. Only 5 seem to be visible. I have some hiding spots, so it’s possible they are just shy. They didn’t come out for feeding though.

Should I be concerned?
Tank mates are 2 ADF, and 1 betta. It’s a 35g tank
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Yes, you should be concerned until you locate them and determine that they are healthy.

Primary concern is neon tetra disease. Earliest symptom is when they don't school and seem to swim around on their own. If they have it, and they die, the disease is spread by others eating them. So, you need to account for all of them. If you can't locate them, it's possible that they died and were consumed. Then, you will have to watch the rest, carefully, for any symptoms in the remaining school.

See this site: https://www.aquascapeaddiction.com/a...-tetra-disease
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Damn!

I will take a look ASAP. They didn’t show any symptoms except they didn’t really school.

There was an ich outbreak, but from what I saw, the tetras didn’t get it

Any way I could draw them out, if they are hiding?
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If they aren't sick, they should jump at the food during feeding time. I suppose you could try shaking the trees and see if the run out.
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If they aren't sick, they should jump at the food during feeding time. I suppose you could try shaking the trees and see if the run out.
This. Sick fish will not eat.

180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer pair /Stendker "Tefe" discus and wild Altum Angels
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Of the neons were added extremely recently that could explain it but in assuming not since you didn't mention just adding them. But I agree be on tetra disease being main concern. I had 12 neons and added another 10 on a 55 and then had to get rid of them all because it went rampant because I didnt know about it. I still want them and like them but now am waiting long term and and trying shrimp out.

The key ive heard is if you think they have it remove them. They wont live and they can only make it worse by staying in there and spreading it. Ive heard some people are paranoid and if a neon doesn't school they remove it regardless Just to be safe.
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Of the neons were added extremely recently that could explain it but in assuming not since you didn't mention just adding them. But I agree be on tetra disease being main concern. I had 12 neons and added another 10 on a 55 and then had to get rid of them all because it went rampant because I didnt know about it. I still want them and like them but now am waiting long term and and trying shrimp out.

The key ive heard is if you think they have it remove them. They wont live and they can only make it worse by staying in there and spreading it. Ive heard some people are paranoid and if a neon doesn't school they remove it regardless Just to be safe.
If you like neons, you'll like Cardinal Tetras, which are very close in appearance and are much less likely to develop NTD.
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You have 2 ADF? Neons are a nice meal for them....
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You have 2 ADF? Neons are a nice meal for them....
Do they eat Neon Tetras?

I took a look online, and what I read was that ADF couldn’t even catch them. Clearly something is going on, maybe I was wrong.
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Been a long time since dealing with ADF but from what I remember 25+ yrs ago ...... at night they hunt (kind of) and can catch sleeping fish. They also can lunge pretty quickly, kind of creep on stuff then lunge at them.

I could be miss remembering the behavior also.
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Do they eat Neon Tetras?

I took a look online, and what I read was that ADF couldnít even catch them. Clearly something is going on, maybe I was wrong.
The ADF are natural predators to small fish, they will always find ways lol
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ADF, if it will fit in its mouth itís a potential meal.
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