Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Vancouver, BC Canada
Thanks Byron! I'm about 90% sure that it was not there when I got it and that was about a month ago, so I was worried.
None of them are flashing, but they are chasing each other around a lot and spinning in circles with each other. I read somewhere that it was a mating thing for neons, and they all do it a lot! But no flashing.
Thanks again. I hope to get a betta real soon, but I was not about to if that was ich.
That is normal characins behaviour, and if you see it the fish are probably "feeling their oats" which means they are happy--and that means healthy. This is why characins must be kept in groups, they interact a lot. It may be play, or more serious to them, but it is natural and good.
On the Betta, I would not add a male Betta with these fish. You are asking for trouble. First, Betta may consider tetra food (I had a Betta many years ago and he ate my neons, or tried to and killed them). Second, a sedate fish like a Betta with its flowing fins can be too much of a temptation for other fish to nip; and all characins are prone to this, depending upon various factors. I wouldn't risk it. In my considered opinion, a Betta deserves its own space. It is not a community fish.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]