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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-26-2012, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Question Penguin Tetra?

I got 3 Penguin Tetras today. they school well but I just need some tips on their care. They get along w/ my Betta and live in a 10 gallon heated and filtered tank. What are the common sicknesses they can get, do they breed easily, how do you tell the male and the female apart, etc.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-27-2012, 04:07 PM
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I have never heard of penguin tetras but I do know they need at least 5 to be safe.

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5 and 5.5 Gallon Tanks:
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+1. Ideally, you want 6, and in a 20 gallon tank. 3 is an incomplete school, incomplete schools = stress, and stress = lowered immune systems, and, sometimes, heightened aggression. Non-stressed tetras will not school tightly, but will spread out and swim alone, although still keeping other members of the group in sight.

Tetras aren't the easiest species to breed. They are susceptible to the usual diseases, the most common being ich.

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I heard they need to be 30 gallons minimum, if I were you, I would get another 10 or maybe a 5 or 6.6 and get 3-4 more.
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Those tetras are going to outgrow your tank. One can reach 3 inches by itself and a school of these are going to be to much for a 10 gallon tank. I personally would take them back and exchange for the ember tetra or look into the smaller corydoras.
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http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/p...penguin-tetra/
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10 Gallon Tank:
~Countless Pond Snails~1 Espe's Rasbora~1 Harlequin Rasbora~

5 and 5.5 Gallon Tanks:
~empty~

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-03-2012, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, guys! They are not bunched together or anything and I realized 2 of them have a cottony thing on the mouthes. it does not seem contagious. Is this normal?

I will try to get more...will I have to get them a separate tank, because I REALLY do not have extra space in the house.

Are they picky eaters or something? I fed them yesterday and about an hour later they spit all of it out! My betta ate it and got bloated(but he's okay.)
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Seperate the sick fish immediately and change their water.. even if it doesn't seem contagious, it probably is.

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You are indeed going to need a bigger tank for them, as ten gallons is simply not enough for a school of adult penguins.
I strongly second Olympia - isolate the sick ones and identify the disease. If you can, post pictures in the disease section asking for help.

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I did a water change and put in Pimafix for a week (said it treated fungal infections). then I did another water change and it seems to be gone now. My betta never got it but the other penguins did, at least it is gone now. New problem...thought this may be due to the fungal infection. The penguins seem to be chasing each other around but leaves my betta alone. Do they have a pecking order just like female Bettas? What seems like the weakest one has shredded fins and some scale loss. Is this caused by stress, to small of a tank, or something else?

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