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Old 12-08-2013, 12:04 AM   #1
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Buenos Aries Tetras

I'm just establishing my first aquarium (36 gallon) and I'm considering getting Buenos Aries tetras. Are they a good starter fish? How many should I get for that volume?

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Old 12-08-2013, 12:37 AM   #2
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I'm just establishing my first aquarium (36 gallon) and I'm considering getting Buenos Aries tetras. Are they a good starter fish? How many should I get for that volume?

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Very beautiful fish however they are evil! Your stock will be very limited. They are known as the 1 dollar pirahna.
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Will they devour each other, or only other fish? I wasn't planning on getting any tank-mates for them, at least to start. Maybe a smallish plecco, if there is such a thing.
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They grow pretty large for a tetra and are extremely active swimmers. They are known to be quite nippy toward one another and toward tank mates. A 36 gallon is essentially a taller 29 gallon... I don't think I would recommend this species for a 30" tank.
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They grow pretty large for a tetra and are extremely active swimmers. They are known to be quite nippy toward one another and toward tank mates. A 36 gallon is essentially a taller 29 gallon... I don't think I would recommend this species for a 30" tank.
OK. What other fish should I consider? I was leaning towards White Cloud Mountain Minnows, but they're not really large or colorful enough for my wife.

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OK. What other fish should I consider? I was leaning towards White Cloud Mountain Minnows, but they're not really large or colorful enough for my wife.

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Have you considered harlequin rasboras, scissor tail rasboras or cherry barbs?
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Threadfin rainbows would be nice if you can find them in your area. Cardinal tetras are definitely colorful, maybe she would like those. Von rio/flame tetras are colorful too.
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