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As much as I like my Neons and other brightly colored fish, there is some not so colorful fish out there that used to be carried by LFS's

One that I've had in the past is the less flashy Flame Tetra relative, the Yellow Tetra or Hyphessobrycon bifasciatus.


Occurring in the same streams and waters near Rio de Janeiro as the Flame Tetra, it was often considered as a 'contaminant fish' in shipments. It grows a little larger, but has the same temperament, hardiness and in the right conditions is a pretty fish.
 

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I battle with whether or not I like male or female cherry barbs better
I find I quite enjoy my female cherry barbs. They have beautiful gold coloring and the line down their body makes a bold statement.

However the striking red of the males is hard to miss.

That being said, i agree with the glo light comment. Glo lights are made to bring out muted colors. Ever seen a glo fish under regular lighting?
 

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Glo light danios are pretty under any light, but that is hardly muted... I do like my hybrids with the pink top and bottoms, with blue in the middle. Looks a bit like a hot blue flame.

Glow light tetra is a different thing though in case there is confusion.

I'm setting up a breeding tank for mine today.
 

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For me color is not important if the fish has some what of personally. I like pencil fish. There are lot bright colors fish but the ones I have are pretty plain. They are always at the top of the tank and they make up for lack of color with there behavior. Bright color fish are great but a lot of time we walk pass some of the best fish because of there color or lack of color.
 

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What about threadfin rainbows? Their mating behavior and long fins just add to their subtle beauty.
But some of the Psuedomugils are some of the showiest colored fish in the hobby.




 

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Glo light danios are pretty under any light, but that is hardly muted... I do like my hybrids with the pink top and bottoms, with blue in the middle. Looks a bit like a hot blue flame.

Glow light tetra is a different thing though in case there is confusion.

I'm setting up a breeding tank for mine today.
Nothing more satisfying than raising 50 of those to saleable size. They have an interesting spawning move. They lock sides and do a half barrel roll. It would be good to heavily stock the spawning tank with Moss or spawning yarn, they're really efficient at finding nearly all their eggs when spawning, in a community tank it's hopeless, every other fish in the tank helps themselves too.

Here's another old favorite: The Head and Tail-light tetra,
Hemigrammus Ocellifer. These guys spawned in my 5 gallon bucket temporary 'tanks' when we did our last move. had about 8 adults spread between 3 buckets. Surprised me because I netted the adults out into the 29 gallon and left the plants in their buckets for about a week while I got them settled in and the decor finalized. I go to check on the plants and there's about 25~30 baby fish lurking in the water sprite fronds. They grew out to be some really pretty Head and Tail-lights. Another really good beginner's tetra for someone wanting to attempt their first Tetra spawning. You can condition them on frozen food, they're not fuzzy eaters.​

 

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I made a net cage for the bottom of the tank to keep them away from the eggs.
Put some peat moss and rooibos in to drop the pH and soften the water.
 

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Nothing more satisfying than raising 50 of those to saleable size. They have an interesting spawning move. They lock sides and do a half barrel roll. It would be good to heavily stock the spawning tank with Moss or spawning yarn, they're really efficient at finding nearly all their eggs when spawning, in a community tank it's hopeless, every other fish in the tank helps themselves too.
OK, they are spawning as I type, The net cage seems to keep them off the eggs and being black they are spawning directly into it by going in the groove between the cage and glass. I was just about to go buy more males as the females were a bit fussy at first with my tiny guy... (A study showed it smaller male danios are able to fertilize more eggs than their larger competitors --- because they can get closer to the action.

So, I gambled the same would count for tetras.
 

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Ag no man, I thought one angelfish wasn't feeling well and was hiding behind the tile in the tank.... I just went to look, the bastard is guarding eggs. GOing to be a lot of work these next few months. Spawned the glow lights this morning, just put some zebra danio to work spawning just now before I went to do tank rounds.
But bastard fish, I was even feeding them less to try and prevent this. I have no idea who the mate was, that laid the eggs, I'll go sit and observe a bit. Been more than 10 years since I had angels spawning.
 
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