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post #1 of 77 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Bettas and Neon Tetras?

So I went to the store and got 6 neons from Walmart after doing a little research. After quarantine in the 2.5g, they're going in the 10g with Twilight. I know its a gamble but I'm willing to see what happens.

I'm concerned, they all have their blue stripe but their red is orange or hardly there at all. Is this a sign of illness?

Btw, I'd appreciate stories on whether this has gone well for people or not. And they seem rather ignorant of the food, so tips on feeding them would be great.

Valentine ∴ Male ∴ Light Pink Butterfly Cambodian ∴ VT ∴ 2.5g
Twilight ∴ Male ∴ Cream Butterfly Cambodian ∴ VT ∴ 10g w/ Celestial Fleet
The Celestial Fleet ∴ Neon Tetras ∴ 10g w/ Twilight
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post #2 of 77 (permalink) Old 11-02-2013, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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Valentine ∴ Male ∴ Light Pink Butterfly Cambodian ∴ VT ∴ 2.5g
Twilight ∴ Male ∴ Cream Butterfly Cambodian ∴ VT ∴ 10g w/ Celestial Fleet
The Celestial Fleet ∴ Neon Tetras ∴ 10g w/ Twilight
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Well you said they were from Walmart, so I wouldn't be surprised if they were not in the best of health. As for joining them with a betta, I would be most concerned if your betta took them as intruders. Make sure you have another tank handy before introducing them. I would keep them in quarantine for another week or two, just to see if they improve

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I'm concerned with the Betta having them for lunch. The 2.5g is the biggest tank I have aside from the 10g. If anything goes when introducing I could always try my other betta. He's plenty mellow.

As for the Neons, they're looking a little better (more color) but are being stubborn when in regards to eating. Any way I can lure them to the top?

I'm most concerned about Neon Tetra Disease. What are the signs for this?

Valentine ∴ Male ∴ Light Pink Butterfly Cambodian ∴ VT ∴ 2.5g
Twilight ∴ Male ∴ Cream Butterfly Cambodian ∴ VT ∴ 10g w/ Celestial Fleet
The Celestial Fleet ∴ Neon Tetras ∴ 10g w/ Twilight

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Sorry I am not experienced with tetras, but I suppose you could try live food.

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What I do is I put the food through where the water comes out on the filter so they can see it. it works really well but i haven't figured out how to feed them the frozen brine shrimp..... any tips?

I was going to write something really fun and exiting and creative here but then my baby betta Eli distracted me.
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Great idea. I took the filter out but I suppose I could try that. I've been putting flakes in and swirling the water around so that it falls to the bottom.

I've never fed live food, but if nothing else works it's worth a shot.

Let's hope their color continues to improve.

Valentine ∴ Male ∴ Light Pink Butterfly Cambodian ∴ VT ∴ 2.5g
Twilight ∴ Male ∴ Cream Butterfly Cambodian ∴ VT ∴ 10g w/ Celestial Fleet
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The orange means that they are stressed. They will calm down in mo time! :D

I was going to write something really fun and exiting and creative here but then my baby betta Eli distracted me.
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Give them time. No matter where they're from, some fish don't eat for days after transfer to a new environment.

What are you feeding and how big are the flakes? You may have to crush them. But only crush one flake so you don't overfeed.

I see no reason to feed live food.

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I'm feeding them Tetra tropical flakes, and yes I'm crumbling them up. :)

I don't have anywhere to buy live food anyways, no petstore, just Walmart.

They seemed to relax a little after I turned the light off, as they started swimming around and whatnot.

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Valentine ∴ Male ∴ Light Pink Butterfly Cambodian ∴ VT ∴ 2.5g
Twilight ∴ Male ∴ Cream Butterfly Cambodian ∴ VT ∴ 10g w/ Celestial Fleet
The Celestial Fleet ∴ Neon Tetras ∴ 10g w/ Twilight
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