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Old 11-24-2012, 03:10 PM   #1
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How can I create a happy tetra tank environment?
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:13 PM   #2
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I use soft sand, lots of plants preferably live vs plastic. Then make sure to leave space in the middle for swimming. Give them docile tankmates. driftwood is also appreciated. A dark sand and gravel do wonders. What kind of tetra are you looking at?
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:24 PM   #3
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In my tank that is full of tetras, I have some areas that are very heavily planted, and other areas a bit lighter. The live plants really make their colors pop IMO. I have playsand as a substrate.
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Nice. Right now I only have 3 head and tail light and one neon. My two danios should prolly be taken back to the store. And i have a long finned bristle nose Pleco. I have multi colored gravel tank with sparse decor. 4 plants a piece of driftwood and 3 small decorations.
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:57 PM   #5
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Tetra's prefer dimmer lighting over glaring bright lights. I changed out my 10000K metal halide bulbs to 6000K bulbs which give a much dimmer light and the tetra's come out much more when they are on now. They feel safest in dark substrate with lots of plants but also with some open swim space.
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:29 PM   #6
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+1 to RC's statements, in fact tetras dislike bright light so much that some species eggs when laid are "light sensitive" and will not hatch if not in a shady spot.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:20 PM   #7
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Ok. I'll take care of that light problem. I've taken the zebra danios that were terrorizing them back. And I purchased one very nice gurami and two different live plant species.
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What kind of gourami did you get? You also never said how big your tank is.
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:05 PM   #9
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Sorry. I have a ten gallon tank. It's a honey gourami.
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The plants I've added are elodia and tape grass.
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