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Old 05-25-2018, 09:48 PM   #11
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If you are interested in a group of blue and red tetras, check out the Columbian Tetra. IMO a much better fish than the Cardinals. The Columbians are just as colorful once they settle in; a lot bigger and stronger. A school of 5 is enough, as compared to 12 or more Cardinals you'll need to complete a school. Besides Columbians aren't as likely to accidently get dumped out of the maintenence bucket. Lol.
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Old 05-25-2018, 10:29 PM   #12
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Lol, I don't think I dumped it out of the bucket because I did look to make sure. =)

I'll have too see if I can get Columbian tetra around here. We're pretty rural.
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Old 05-25-2018, 10:35 PM   #13
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Well...I have dumped out fish by accident. Recently as I was vacuuming to bottom of my angelfish tank and noticed debris on a rock. I sucked nearly. Third of it off before I noticed I was sucking up angelfish eggs.
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Lol, I don't think I dumped it out of the bucket because I did look to make sure. =)

I'll have too see if I can get Columbian tetra around here. We're pretty rural.
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I live out in the sticks too, about 40 min drive into town. Petco and Petsmart sell Columbians.
They usually cost about $2.00 A piece. They always look washed out at the store, but with a little TLC Columbians will turn to a deep blue with bright red fins. They look like miniature piranhas, even have tiny teeth. Columbians arent aggressive. I really didn't think you dumped out the Tetra.
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Old 05-25-2018, 11:35 PM   #15
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Oh no for the angel eggs! Yikes!

I just looked at a YouTube video about the colombians and it said they like the pH in the 6's. I use well water and it runs around 8.2. I have catappa leaves and driftwood to try to bring it down, but still that high. Would those tetra survive?
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The Columbians did fine in my hard Oklahoma water. The PH is 8.2 right out of the tap.
I also have hardscaped my three primary tanks with Texas Holey Rock (Limestone), which holds it steady at 8.2.
Most commercially sold Tetras are raised in huge Florida fish farms. Florida has hard water due to the vast underground limestone deposits. If you special ordered wild fish, then your hard water would be a problem.
I currently keep, Tiger Stripe Silver Dollas, Red Eye Tetras, Diamond, Buenos Aires and Candy Cane Tetras, all considered soft, slightly acidic water, loving fish. No problems.
I lost my school of Columbians about a year ago. I thought they were big and hardy enough to survive in a tank full of aggressive juvenile cichlids. RIP Columbians.
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Old 05-26-2018, 12:42 AM   #17
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I'll probably go to Petco this weekend and poke around for some more fish. With the betta, BN pleco, 5 ember tetra, I'm thinking another school of something and a couple more singles. And I want to save room for that albino pleco one day.

The betta is the star of my show, so I'm trying to build around him for now.

Oh, and maybe another nerite snail or two.
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The Columbians did fine in my hard Oklahoma water. The PH is 8.2 right out of the tap.
I also have hardscaped my three primary tanks with Texas Holey Rock (Limestone), which holds it steady at 8.2.
Most commercially sold Tetras are raised in huge Florida fish farms. Florida has hard water due to the vast underground limestone deposits. If you special ordered wild fish, then your hard water would be a problem.
I currently keep, Tiger Stripe Silver Dollas, Red Eye Tetras, Diamond, Buenos Aires and Candy Cane Tetras, all considered soft, slightly acidic water, loving fish. No problems.
I lost my school of Columbians about a year ago. I thought they were big and hardy enough to survive in a tank full of aggressive juvenile cichlids. RIP Columbians.
Your tetra must be a great assortment. =)
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I didn't realize you had a Betta. Forget the Columbians. They get along fine with other tetras, but would likely injure or kill a Betta.
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I didn't realize you had a Betta. Forget the Columbians. They get along fine with other tetras, but would likely injure or kill a Betta.
Uh oh, I can't have that! No Columbians then. Thanks for the warning.
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