Can anyone tell me if my tetras would possibly be fighting or just playing? I had 6 of them and 2 died when I first got them. So I am left with 4 in a 10 gallon tank. I ve had them almost 2 weeks now and they have been doing this for 4 or 5 days now. they do it all day long and seems to be more chasing at feeding time. Any ideas?
Chasing is a normal behavior.Do you see any other abnormalities? Do you have water test kits?
In a much larger aquarium the fish would probably be less aggressive. Adding more tetras may also help, but a ten gallon tank has a fairly limited capacity.
They seem fine otherwise, yes I do test the water regularly
And water changes every couple days since I am only on week 2 with a new tank. I think I will get two more tetras and think about upgrading to a bigger tank in the near future. Thanks for the replies
Do not add fish until the aquarium is cycled. Here is what to expect during the process:
Cycling the tank without fish is much faster, because partial water changes are not needed.
Ok I will wait to add more fish. The thing is I really don't know where I am with the cycle. I read all about fishless cycling and started that for 2 weeks or a little more. I have a planted aquarium and the fish store advised me to cycle with fish. I thought I was on the right track, adding pinches of food and my ammonia levels were high for a couple weeks and my nitrites had started to go up but then when I brought home the fish I did a 90 percent water change and about 4 days after I got the fish my ammonia went up, I was doing daily water changes at that point, I am checking my water daily and readings of everything is 0 I am doing 15% water change every two days and everything seems fine, I am anticipating a spike in readings but so far nothing. So basically I don't know what to expect at this point
I am having the same issue but all 6 of my tetras are alive. I haven't had the fish for a week yet. they were schooling together one and the last two days they have been chasing each other. I am concerned since I also put in my betta that I already had who I thought wasn't aggressive. Today,I saw my betta flare his gills at them to warn them off, but just for a moment. I am wondering ifthe tetras' "fun and games" are starting to stress him out. I can say it's not as calming to watch the tetras darting at each other than them schooling all friendly like. And yes, I do water changes every couple days, have a filter, a heater, a 10 gallon, hiding places, and live plants. But I don't have a testing kit yet. Fish all seem to be healthy and bright and eat well. My betta loves blood worms!
I have learned in my past that fish sometimes go through tough moments in the beginning to get use to each other and can become more friendly later. Just my personal experience.
i personally think is a small place for the betta and neons a 10 gallon..but now i also understand some ppl cant afford. It's normal behavior for him to show off in front of the neons or any other fish that will swim near the betta, bettas are not really aggressive they are more territorial. If u add him first he will claim the tank for himself, that's why is good to add him at the end. They are wonderful fish and very unique.
neons i been experiencing the same thing with them but i added 4 more to the group and they calmed down a lot now. I have 5 neons in a 38 gallon bowfront with a betta and 5 ghost shrimps..i have 5 aquariums in my house.
my tetras chase each other all the time and there ok so chill there probably ok
because, duh.. they are schooling fist
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I got my neon tetras today as well xD. But the one thing I know from previous experience is that neons will bite at the betas fin. I found out the hard way because I bought some rosy barbs but instead of them dying they grew and attacked my juvenile beta. Unfortunately he died. Rosy barbs, neons will attack the tail fin of fish like betas, mollys.
I was told yesterday when i bought mine that its best to buy in odd numbers so one doesnt become superior
numbers don't really matter in terms of hierarchy if there's at least 6-10 of them.
The odd number thing is really just an aesthetic factor; people think odd numbers look more natural.