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Old 05-01-2005, 01:01 AM   #1
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schooling fish?

can you put 2 kinds of tetras together in the same tank? will they school together?? how many of each would i need to get?? no they aren't painted!!!!! zilla's wifie
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6 is a good min school number, check my profile for some suggestions on species.
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Yes you can put 2 different types of tetras. They will not school together, only with same species. Schooling fish should be with at least 6 of their own.
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I agree. Fish only swim with the same species, so it is very much pssible to have two different types of tetras in the same tank.
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I just have to be the voice of opposition - only because of what I have experienced. Given the absolute schooling rule (groups of 6), I don't have 6 but 4 of two different types (see sig). Now this may be a weird happenstance but today, my tetras and for that matter, my lone mickeymouse platy...swim together. Don't ask me why...I couldn't begin to tell you.
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Maybe because both tetras are red? Beats me too. I always thought that fish could tell, through pheromones or something like that, which fish were their 'family'.

If the flame tetras are red (I dunno, are they? ) maybe they school with the serpaes? The platy is just maybe looking for some companionship.
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The red eyed are also known as "lamp eyed" tetras. Not flame as previously stated. They are silver w/black stripped fins and they do occassionally "swim" with the serpaes.

The other tetras are in my 30gal (black skirt and red) along with the platy.

A side note: The red tetra in my 30gal is referred to as a "flame" tetra at fishprofiles. The serpaes are also known as "jewel" according to them as well.

Hope this removes the confusion. If it has, please explain it to me... 8O
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i am even more confused now then B4
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I had 1 cardinal tetra (long story) and bought 6 neon tetra's the other day. The cardinal immediately went to the other tetras and schools with them like he's one of them. 1 of the tetra's is now missing, but there are still 5 and 1, and they are all together like a big happy family.
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