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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 07:03 AM
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5 is the minimum shoal size for Neon Tetra, but you need six or more to help with the fin nipping.

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So I should get 2 more?
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2 or 3. If the tank is cycled and you keep up with your pwc, an odd number is best, so go for 3 more. If not, just 2.
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Good to know! Thank you!
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FWIW, once your tetras get comfortable in their home, expect them to become bolder at feeding time. I normally feed my betta girls first and then put in sinking micropellets for the tetras. The bigger tetras now come up to the top when I get the betta pellets out and *will* go for any unclaimed ones they see at the surface.

Also had one amusing episode in which my newest girl, who likes to grab her pellet, chew it, spit it out, chase it and regrab it learned the hard way that this might not work out so well when there's a tetra nearby!

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When I first got my betta, I placed 4 neons and a golden algae eater in with him. After the first day 2 of the neons went belly up, the other two seemed to coexist just fine with the betta. They're midlevel/bottom level swimmers, so they don't get too into a betta's way.

In regards to the feeding question, try to feed your betta floating pellets first in one corner/side of the tank and either wait a while until he's finished and then put sinking pellets like what Shadyr said. I try to put the sinking pellets into another end/corner of the tank so that way the betta can't get to those as quick if they happen to catch his eye. Normally if I feed them at the same time, the floating pellets seem to distract my betta enough to where the neons could still eat.
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Always feed the betta first. He is dominant and agressive (even if he acts sweet, he has a determined nature) and diserves that respect (or what looks like it). Feed him his pellets and then release the flakes into the water collumn (or whatever you decided to feed the tetra). I've always feed from most dominant to least dominant (then top to bottom) so that the little handfulls are satisfies when I get to the passive or scardy ones who would otherwise get very little. Even if the agressive pigs chow down slower when they have been fed first and tend to ignore the actual intended recipiants of the food more.
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