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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-19-2015, 12:19 PM
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I agree, it's a schooling fish and should be in a group of 5 or 6 at the minimum. I would be cautious putting it with a betta, especially a male betta. If you do, I'd have a back up plan ready just in case they don't get along.

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How do i get people to drop fish on my doorstep lol
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I agree, it's a schooling fish and should be in a group of 5 or 6 at the minimum. I would be cautious putting it with a betta, especially a male betta. If you do, I'd have a back up plan ready just in case they don't get along.

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Black skirts get nippy as they get older. Keep them in large groups and they'll concentrate on each other instead of your betta. A high protein diet can curtail fin nipping as well.

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Be careful what you ask for. Husband and I got an oscar. ;)
Haha! Oscars are awesome, I so want one! :3

I've never seen a black skirt tetra, (they probably don't sell them where I am) I kind of want one now!

@17eddyd he/she is a really cool looking! not a bad "doorstep" fish lol

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He's actually a long-fin black skirt tetra. You don't see those often here. =o How'd his fins get chewed up, do you know? They grow back if kept in a nice clean, stable environment. And they do prefer groups no smaller than five.
They can be nippy little punks, so be sure you have enough room too. =) I would actually recommend a 30+ gallon for them as a minimum. Ten gallons is FAR too small, and a twenty gallon may become a nip-fest for them. Just an FYI if someone else hasn't mentioned it yet.

Whoever thought to make a long-finned species of nippy tetras was not thinking clearly, I gotta say. x.x
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