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Please do not take these charts to be absolutes, they are general observations and while they apply for a large percentage of the family and species, they will not for all. Use them as a starting guideline and always research you fish as much as possible. Like us there are always exceptions and all new fish should be closely monitored when added to the aquarium.


 

Characins
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Black (Skirt)
Gymnocorymbus ternetzi
           
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Black Line
Hyphessobrycon scholzei
           
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Black Neon
Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
     
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Black Phantom
Megalamphodus megalopterus
             
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Bleeding Heart
Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma
             
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Blind Cave
Astyanax fasciatus mexicanus
           
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Bloodfin
Aphyocharax anisitsi
         
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Bucktoothed Characin
Exodon paradoxus
           
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Buenos Aires
Hemigrammus caudovittatus
         
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Cardinal
Paracheirodon axelrodi
     
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Congo
Phenacogrammus interruptus
             
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Emperor
Nematobrycon palmeri
             
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Glass fish
Phenagoniates macrolepis
                   
Glolite
Hemigrammus erthrozonus
           
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Hatchet, Marble
Carnegiella strigata
   
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Hatchet, Silver
Gasteropelecus sternicla
   
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Head & Tail light
Hemmigrammus ocellifer
           
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Lemon
Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
     
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Leporinus
Leporinus fasciatus
       
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Neon (jumbo)
Paracheirodon innesi
   
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Neon (small)
Paracheirodon innesi
 
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Pacu, Black
Colossoma macropomum
         
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Pacu, Red
Piaractus brachypomus
         
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Pencil fish
Nannostomus marginatus
                 
Penguin Fish
Thayeria boehlkei
           
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Pirahna, Red Belly
Pygocentrus nattereri
     
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Red Eye (Glass) Tetra
Moenkhausia oligolepis
           
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Red hook
Myleus rubripinnis
       
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Red minor
Hyphessobrycon Callistus
                 
Serpae
Hyphessobrycon eques
           
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Rummynose
Hemigrammus rhodostomus
           
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Silver dollar
Metynnis argenteus
       
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Silver tip
Hasemania nana
             
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Denotes a generally excellent starter fish
Peaceful - has not been known to bother any fish
Spirited -normally peaceful, but may chase slow species
Mildly aggressive - should not be kept with slow or timid fish
Aggressive - should be kept with larger active fish
Pugnacious - not acceptable in community tanks
Vulnerable - likely to be harassed, picked on, or fin nipped by other fish, sometimes even by otherwise peaceful species
Changeable - may be mixed with other fish when young, but may become more aggressive when older, and may eat smaller fish
Hardy - tolerant to various water conditions and not commonly affected by hard to treat diseases
Disease prone - subject hard to treat diseases
Touchy - subject to water condition problems (extreme pH, hardness, ammonia, etc.)
Subject to "Ich" - susceptible to the common, but very easily controlled parasite, Ich
Livebearer - requires salt, up to a teaspoon per gallon, and some vegetable diet (condition food). Livebearer babies will be eaten if not separated
Warm water - requires water of 84-86 degrees F (29-30 degrees C) to remain in top condition
Temperate - will tolerate or prefer cooler water, but will do well at normal tropical temperatures - 76-80 degrees F (25-27 degrees C)
Cool water - should be kept in water 68-72 degrees F (20-22 degrees C)
Brackish - could be kept with more salt (sea salt) in water than normal tropicals, although 1 TBS per 5 gallons is sufficient
Jumpers - tanks should be completely covered
Intolerance to malachite green - is weakened or dies when treated with the otherwise very effective "Ich" medication, malachite green. Ich medications range from useless (too slow or too weak) to dangerous (killing tetras, catfish, etc.) The numerous Ich medications on the market can be very confusing and can vary greatly in quality.
Fast growth - may become much larger than purchased size
Plant eater - will probably destroy and / or eat most aquarium plants
Risky - notoriously weak from shipment and / or fluctuating water properties - may be frustrating to attempt, but worthwhile if successful
Special treatment - a clerk should be consulted to find out the unique properties of these fish
Sensitive to well water - these fish may not like certain well water - caution is advised and experimentation is necessary as this sensitivity may vary from one well to another.
Algae eater - will eat unsightly algae off rocks, plants, glass, etc.
Scavenger - will eat troublesome uneaten food particles that will otherwise cloud and pollute water (at least two (2) scavengers/10 gal.)
Special food - may require a special diet to remain healthy

 

 

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