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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-23-2020, 02:30 AM Thread Starter
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I have a practical problem finding a good balance with a group of fish that I did not do enough homework for: Silver Tip Tetras.

I bought 4 as my first livestock for my heavily planted tank with mostly ferns, Crypts, Swords and Anubias.

I found these to be fairly aggressive to each other. Not violent but constantly sparing, chasing and posturing. Being a genius I decided that I would add 4 more to see if they would chill in a larger group. That did not happen. They chase each other and also some newly introduced Pygmy Cories. Who would bully a Pygmy Cory? You can barely see them!

Plan B. Today I seriously thought about trapping them all for relocation. I quickly realized the futility of trapping 8 wary fish in a jungle tank.

Plan C: Next I began to wonder if either another group of different tetras or perhaps several larger amiable fish might settle them down.

My goal is a peaceful but interesting tank. Not a fan of aggression or nipping.

Any sage advice other than selling the tank or getting a lobotomy?

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I have similar experience with neon tetra, my 1st time actually keeping them personally. Mix was 2 male and 3 female in very well planted 7gal, 16x9x9 bow front. The male to male harassment was relentless, the dominant males harassment of females just barely less forward, but it was spread between 3 females. On other end the Ember tetra (6 of them, 2male, 4 female), nothing but peace and calm, even the neons got in on calm swimming/shoaling up front with them.



Actually it was interesting looking at habits and interactions between species, but especially watching how ea. species interacted as a whole, but within that community. Betta big enough that Rotala Rot. blocks his path to half the tank. Small fish just ducí away in between plants, betta canít follow them. Gets tired pretty quickly.

Betta quickly learns that casing fish into weeds is a waste of energy, wonít bother. At this point is where you gain upper hand. Small fish unite and form a shoal, betta learns to ignore them, he finds his extra food at feeding ring, a calm pattern settles over tank. The smaller fish circle like sharks below feeding ring, there is always extra droppings from ring as betta eats. But no food hits substrate.
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I have similar experience with neon tetra, my 1st time actually keeping them personally. Mix was 2 male and 3 female in very well planted 7gal, 16x9x9 bow front. The male to male harassment was relentless, the dominant males harassment of females just barely less forward, but it was spread between 3 females. On other end the Ember tetra (6 of them, 2male, 4 female), nothing but peace and calm, even the neons got in on calm swimming/shoaling up front with them.

Actually it was interesting looking at habits and interactions between species, but especially watching how ea. species interacted as a whole, but within that community. Betta big enough that Rotala Rot. blocks his path to half the tank. Small fish just duc’ away in between plants, betta can’t follow them. Gets tired pretty quickly.

Betta quickly learns that casing fish into weeds is a waste of energy, won’t bother. At this point is where you gain upper hand. Small fish unite and form a shoal, betta learns to ignore them, he finds his extra food at feeding ring, a calm pattern settles over tank. The smaller fish circle like sharks below feeding ring, there is always extra droppings from ring as betta eats. But no food hits substrate.
Thanks! Embers have been on my short list.

At least the Silver Tips have gotten used to my Pygmy Cories now. They were spooked when the Cories did that thing where they dash to the surface briefly.

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