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    i have a 33 gal tank. i have recently bought some baby serpae tetras. i have fallen in love the the marble hatchet and i would like to get a school. i was just wondering would the tetras nip at the hatchets big belly that might be mistaken for long fins.

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    and if you could give me some general advice. i have a tight hood but wondering what to do when i do water changes

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    A 33 gallon tank is large enough for a school of marble hatchets but I would worry about the serpae tetras harassing the easy going hatchet.
    Mind you hatchets stay near the surface and serpae's are more of a middle of the tank tetra.
    I have had both but never in the same tank at the same time.
    How big is your serpae tetra school? If you have 10 or so they might not bother other residents since they will be jousting with each other.
    That said, serpae tetras get fairly large over time and may just pick on whats near the surface since thats where the food comes from.
    On another note; I've had marble hatchets chase after some of my cardinals for some reason. It's weird seeing the hatchet chase another fish down low.

    During water changes my hatchets have never tried to jump out of the tank. But your right, I do have the tank covered at all other times.

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    Honestly, in a tank that size, IMO I wouldn't put a more aggressively natured fish in with more relaxed fish unless the serpaes were in a large enough group that they kept to themselves.

    However, considering the hatchets will be in a different part of the tank, the serpaes might ignore them anyway - I've always shied away from the hatchets myself because I know they are jumpers - I guess it's a matter of only opening the hood to remove water and then close it immediately - do the same to add water back in. I hope this helped in some way.

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    Good old plastic wrap and working one side than the other should help. I've never had a problem with my marble hatchets doing this way.

    + 1 to striders advice on keeping the two species together.
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    Here is a peaceful alternative to serpaes, the Red pahntom tetra, similer but no where as aggresive. Not as easy to find however.

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