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This profile was written by "Tobi~Dawne (Prairie Lily)" , a knowledgeable and helpful hobbyist. 

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gold skirts
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Gymnocorymbus ternetzi



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Please remember that the following comments are personal experiences and may or may not apply to your setup. Use them as guide to help better understand your fish, like us all individuals will behave differently under different circumstances.


From: Pamela
I bought 6 painted tetras (3 blue & 3 Pink) and 6 neons I also had a couple bala sharks and a few guppies, all in all I had 15 fish in a large tank. I am now down to 2 neons and 2 painted/bubble gum tetras and a pleco. One of the painted tetras (which I was under the impression they were a docile fish) took it upon themselves to clear my tank, they kept ramming the other fish (once beating the intestines out of my guppy!) I was finally able to narrow down which pink one was doing it when all I had left was blue ones and subsequently removed her. I have noticed that since she was removed one of the other ones has started becoming aggressive. I read (after I bought the painted tetras) that they are injected with dye that can cause all kinds of problems. I am not sure if this aggressiveness is one of them but despite how pretty they are I will never buy them again. I will stick to my sweet peaceful neon tetras.
From: Sally
I have a school of 8 blackskirt tetra's in a tank with 1 medium-sized angel, 1 pl*co, and 2 bronze cory's. I had a few guppies in their but the tetra's and angel terrorized them a bit, so I moved them. Otherwise, they are super hardy fish, and are fun to watch.

From: Lynn
I am new to the aquarium hobby, but made an interesting observation the other night. It seems that the blackskirts can change their coloration from black stripes and fins to silver. I was doing a water change at the time and I am assuming this color change might be brought on by stress. Very interesting fish to have in your tank - hardy and entertaining.

From: Joe
I have a school of 10 BSTs in my 75 gallon along with two Chinese algae eaters, one dojo, and some bloodfins. Although the algae eaters and dojo are territorial with each other, the BSTs seem to get along well with all the others. In fact, they tend to follow the dojo and algae eaters around for scraps as the bottom feeders stir up food debris. I have had four of the black skirts for over five years (since I was in college) and the pet store said they would probably live a couple of years. They seem to be hardier than most, rarely showing signs of early life diseases. Mine have survived three major moves (drives from tank to tank of an hour and half). They are fun to watch especially in a tank with a variety of habitat and at feeding time. The only problems they have had with other fish were with Cherry Barbs, which really were too aggressive for all my fish.





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