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Ember Tetra Nipping Betta! :(

Discussion in 'Cyprinids, Characins and Atherinids' started by CrazyDiamond88, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. CrazyDiamond88

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    A few days ago I put my betta and 6 newly bought ember tetras into their 12 gallon tank.
     
    All was well except just now after I fed them, I was watching them, and one of the tetras was following Kasai, my betta around, and nipping his tail [​IMG]
    Kasai seemed pretty flustered and flashed himself away.
     
    This tetra is persistent though, he keeps going after poor Kasai who seems a little bit harassed.
     
    What should I do? Am I worrying too much? Will the tetras have to go? [​IMG]
     
    Edit: I suppose, if need be, I could take them back and get some pygmy cory cats instead... :/
     
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    I was just watching them some more, and the bratty tetra was nipping and following Kasai again. 
    Kasai turned and flared at him for like .5 of a second then swam off.
     
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    I guess I could just take the nippy guy back and get another? 
    I was planning on getting another 2 more to make it 8, as apparently that can also help with nippiness? 
     
    Sorry for posting so much... I am so worried :c
     
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    Tbh I would exchange for the cories, but failing that try upping your embers? Thing is, the others also may start to nip the poor guy :(
     
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    Yeah, I am so caught about what to do :(
     
    Would it be good to go exchange Charlie the nipper for a more placid tetra, and then get another two to make 8?
     
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    You could try, but what's to say when the others 'find their fins :D " that they won't do the same?
     
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    I'd go with the cory cats. They are fun to watch and I don't think you have to worry about them going after your betta. 
     
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    D: really? So I should just give up on the tetras?
    Eh. Ok.

    Will the cats rip up my plant carpet? It's not very well established at the moment.
    I can go change the fish this weekend I suppose.
    Kasai will feel better. Poor thing is being harassed all the time
     
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    Not at all, mine never bothered my plants -the pygmys are lovely, won't even notice your betta either.
     
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    Yeah I will have to do the swap.

    I've now noticed he has two tiny holes in his fin :/
    Not sure if that's from Charlie or from snagging it somewhere
     
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    With clean water it should heal up in a few days to months.

    I agree with the cories btw.
     
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    Oh god. Came home today and found Charlie floating dead at the top of the tank.
     
    His eyes had been picked out and part of his tail had been picked off too.
     
    I am pretty sure Kasai just snapped and attacked him. 
     
    I am going to move Kasai into his old tank till tomorrow when I can return the tetras.
     
    I'm really shaken by this :( first fish death I've had.
     
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    Sorry for your loss diamond. :rip:
     
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    Thanks tall tree. I feel pretty bad that I didn't do more to prevent this from happening :(
    I should have moved kasai yesterday. I thought it would be ok.

    Do you think it was definitely that kasai killed him?
    The other fish are all perfectly healthy so I don't think there is disease.
     

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