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Old 12-19-2011, 01:13 PM   #1 
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Darn neon tetras fin nipping my betta

I always wondered why I would find bite sized marks in my bettas elegant long veil tail, but I just caught one of my small neon tetras in the act of nipping his tail

His tail does heal really quickly though because those missing parts seem to fill back in within a day or two and his tail has really come a long way since I bought him at a lfs. All the fish were added together when I set up my 29g tank 2 months ago, don't get me wrong, my betta is the alpha fish between the tetras, guppies and shrimps but those small neon tetras are really quick. It does make me wonder how amazing his tail would look by now if it wasn't being nipped at.

So if you are thinking about adding neon tetras as tank mates to your betta, they are potential fin nippers .
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:05 PM   #2 
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Most fish are I could never put Crayola with other fish because his tail was not only super colorful (hence the name!) but his tail was double the size of his body!! I think it's tetras, barbs and regular mollies who are the worse for the fin nipping ><

I do wonder though, do you have a heck ton of plants? and hidey holes? this can break the line of sight more between the fish and maybe help keep them from nipping him... might not, but just saying
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:02 PM   #3 
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I have 5 neon tetra in with my Betta, 4ft tank and only 5 Tetra.

I did have female guppies in there also, but when our summer comes all guppies go in the outside pond because they love the sun.
Besides, they are dirty buggers when they feed on flakes.

That is the one good thing about Tetra, being bottom feeders they keep the tank nice and clean.
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how do u post something? pls help because im a new user of this web
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:09 PM   #5 
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when you log in, you can click on the "bettafish.com" on the blue area at the top of the page. Then, choose a category, and click "new thread". you can ask questions, introduce yourself, introduce your fish too
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:22 PM   #6 
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i got the 1st part but where do u find the "category" section?
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:27 PM   #7 
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It's there when you click on bettafish.com. it comes up as "betta fish care", "betta pictures", "introduce yourself" etc.... click on one of those, and then there should be above all the other posts "new thread".

that's how you make a new thread :) I suggest you could introduce yourself in the "introduce yourself" section, and ask questions there so more people can help you find your way around bettafish!
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Thankyou very much for helping me start my profile
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:43 PM   #10 
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How many neons do you have? They do best in large groups and can mess with other fish if they don't have a large enough group of their own kind.
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