Fin nippers, while I have never had this problem, or read about it, I will wait for someone else to verify this before an edit.--Hc8719 21:20, 22 September 2006 (CDT)
I have heard that, however I also do not know if it is true or not as I have never had a problem with mine. Also please note, that to properly sign a comment there is a button above the editing box, second from the right. It will input the following text for you: - - ~ ~ ~ ~ however without the spaces, it will make your signature look like mine. Thank you. --PsiPro 13:30, 7 September 2006 (CDT)
i am removing the fin nipping part, as this is vexing to myself, i have not heard this ever, will replace the deleted part after i hear of a first hand account--Hc8719 21:20, 22 September 2006 (CDT)
I didn't spot this statement when I updated the page earlier this year.
It's ludicrous to call neons tetras fin nippers. I've had a school of 10 for over a year and never seen them go for another fish. --Quatermass 09:49, 23 September 2006 (CDT)
- Well I must correct myself. Neons can be fin nippers (people in my local area call them "mini sharks") if they're in a large shoal. I bumped up my school to 20 and hey they're so much more confident. Just goes to show me. --Quatermass 13:45, 29 April 2008 (CDT)
- Broadly speaking, all tetras (characins) get marked as fin nippers, I think it is because they are busy, fast, toothy fish, and when combined with long-finned fish can result in tattered fins even if they never actually managed to "nip" them - long-finned fish trying to avoid harassment can damage their own fins by trying to outswim their impeded ability. This is just my theory, anyway. Huw Powell 20:39, 12 June 2011 (CDT)
Can be with angel fish[edit source]
The neon tetra can be with angel fish, if you put in the tank first the tetra and after some months young angel fish. But there is still a problem, couse if you put newer neon tera's in the tank, the angle fish will eat tghe new ones, but leave the old ones to live. However it is better if you put instead of the neon tetra the black tetra or the cardinal tetra, becouse they are bigger.
- your right, territoriality can be lessened by adding the more aggressive fishes later. However its always a gamble to put fish together that could possibly not get along. --Brian 18:50, 7 July 2009 (UTC)
Playing dead[edit source]
I have noticed that some tetras play dead when stressed. Any comments?
- please sign your comments :-) --Quatermass 13:46, 29 April 2008 (CDT)
I guess that depends on what you mean. I have seen many fish 'play dead' due to stress (such as jumping out of a bucket or a tank and hitting the ground fairly hard), this is typically due to a shock more so then environmental stress. Could you be more specific as to how the fish is playing dead? --Brian 12:24, 29 April 2008 (CDT)
Stagnant pools?[edit source]
"They live in stagnant pools in the wild" - so where do they get their oxygen? Perhaps "slow moving water"? This bit should probably just be deleted for now, or commented out. Huw Powell 22:03, 12 June 2011 (CDT)
- I have heard before that they can swim themselves to death in strong current before but I'm not sure where. Since they are not labyrinth breathers 'stagnant pools' may characterize the environment incorrectly. I also associate that phrase with an environment more suited for a betta splendens, I assume it means 'still waters' such as pools along a river. Since stagnant can mean that as well it may just be a colloquialism either here or there. --Brian 07:29, 13 June 2011 (CDT)