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Neon Tetra 3 42.86%
Cardinal Tetra 4 57.14%
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:04 AM   #1 
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Which is more HARDY

Im not sure which to buy so help me out :)
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:32 AM   #2 
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If you are thinking of putting them with bettas, I would discourage both because tetras have a reputation as fin nippers.
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Old 11-07-2013, 02:07 PM   #3 
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Yeah I had a male betta in with tetras just for ten seconds and ended up taking him out cuz a ill neon came up and bit a hole in his fin. Females that dont have huge fins should be fine though, I have neons in my sorority tank.
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Old 11-07-2013, 02:25 PM   #4 
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I am aware of the risk. But I also believe that it depends on the housing, stocking and the feeding habits of the fishes.
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:13 PM   #5 
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Yeah probably.
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:14 PM   #6 
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Unless you just have a mean neon lol
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:32 PM   #7 
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Also keep in mind that Neon's are only 1-1.5 inches generally but Cardinals get up to 2-2.5 inches so that's another factor there. I'd go with Cardinals though if you have space, I like the way they look more.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:51 AM   #8 
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I just recently found out what kuhli loach looks like and they are adorable so they'll be choice number 3 xD

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I will only buy either a school of neon / cardinal tetra or a shoal of kuhli loaches since i only have 13.5 USG
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:55 PM   #9 
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If you've only got a 13 gallon, go for the neons. Cardinals need a bigger tank than that, IMHO. Kuhlis are also crazily active, so they'd appreciate a bigger tank.

As for who's hardier, it depends on the area. Here, neons are frequently over-bred, and therefore poorly bred, leading to pretty delicate fish, but in other places, the constant breeding has made them hardier.
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:38 PM   #10 
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If you can get Neon's from a smaller store rather than a chain store, they are generally more healthy and hardy than the ones at the big box stores. Or at least, that's been my experience with them
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