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#1 -Jo-

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:49 PM

I have 3 red eyed tetras that I need to re-home. At the moment they are living with 4 Kuhli Loaches and 5 Glowlight tetras. I am soon wanting to add a betta. The red eyed tetras I got for free as they swam into the khuli bag - but they are quite boisterous and fin nippers. They havent nipped the glowlights, but they chase them around. They tend to fin nip each other rather then the other species. Threy definitly wont be suitable with a Betta.

Is it common for pet stores/aquatic stores to take in unwanted fish? I got these tetras from pets at home.

Thanks for your help.

Edited by -Jo-, 22 March 2012 - 04:50 PM.


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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:57 PM

P@H dont normally take fish back, but ALL Maidenhead Aquatic shops will happily rehome them for you.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:59 PM

I live in Devon the UK. theres a few aquatic stores around me that I will have to try. Really have no idea what to do with them if they dont want to take them off my hands.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:06 PM

Normally they take them in, especially if they sell the species yourself. If you have a good relationship with a certain lfs, they might even give you credit for them, or allow you to exchange them for another fish.

Almost all tetras are nippers; the way you can avoid this, is to make sure they are in numbers of at least 6. I had red eyes before with a betta (in a 180 litre tank) and never had problems.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:08 PM

Yer, Red Eyes are one Tetra which are actually quite good at keeping aggression focused on one another.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:11 PM

They do tend to just focus on each other and chase each other around. I do like them, and it will be a shame to get rid of them, but I dont want to risk it if im getting a betta. If there were more of them, would they calm down?

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:46 PM

The more you have, the less nippy they're likely to be, but I rarely think bettas and tetras make a good combination.

Most shops take them off people though, go through the phone book and check.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:59 AM

I have sent an email out to ther closest aquatic store near me - so hopefully they will reply soon.




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