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  1. Default Will Green Fire Tetra bother Swordtail?


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    I've read online that Green Fire Tetra are fin nippers. Does that mean they can't be kept with swordtail?

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    I have kept Green fire Tetras in a community tank for about two years now and I haven't seen any fin nipping activity on any fish in that tank. A school of 6-8 Green fires will stay to themselves. They do interact with the other tetras I have with them swimming as a part of the Cardinals and/or Harlequins school on occasion but there is no fin nipping going on.
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    + 1 to Strider, no nipping from the Green fires I've kept in the past either.
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    The caution on fin nipping is well taken, as noted in the profile below which I authored a couple years back. But as mentioned therein, and noted by Strider199, keeping this fish in a larger group can sometimes avoid nipping. However, avoid temptation fish (those with long fins, or sedate fish).

    Interestingly, all the species in this genus (Aphyocharax) do tend to be a bit feisty, to varying degrees.

    Aphyocharax rathbuni
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    Family: Characidae, Subfamily Aphyocharacinae

    Common Name: Green Fire Tetra, Redflank Bloodfin Tetra

    Origin and Habitat: South America, endemic to the Paraguay river basin in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. Occurs in streams and rivers, in areas shaded by overhanging vegetation, and flooded forest.

    Compatibility/Temperament: Generally peaceful but with reservations. This is a very active species, and prone to fin nip, so it should be maintained in larger groups of eight or more, and only with active fish. Not good with slow, sedate or long-fin fish as it may then nip at the fins.

    Diet: Primarily carnivorous, feeding on insects, insect larvae, small worms and crustaceans. Readily accepts prepared foods such as flake, small pellet and frozen.

    Size: About 1 inch, or slightly longer.

    Minimum Tank Suggestion: 24 inches in length, preferably 30 inches, as this is a very active swimmer.

    Water Parameters: Soft to moderately hard (GH up to 20 dGH), acidic to slightly basic (pH 6 to 7.5), temperature 20-26C/68-79F.

    Description

    This species is one that fares best either in its own habitat tank, or in a community aquarium of active, robust fish. See further remarks under Compatibility/Temperament above.

    An aquarium with a sand substrate, containing several chunks of bogwood and/or branches, and a cover of floating plants will suite this species. There should be a gentle flow from the filter, as this fish is accustomed to a slight current.

    There are no external gender indicators, other than the fuller body of females particularly when ready to spawn. This is a group spawner, and an egg-scatterer. Eggs or fry will be devoured by the adult fish if left together.

    The species was described in 1907 by C.H. Eigenmann. A second species, Aphyocharax stramineus, was described also by Eigenmann in 1907 but this is a conspecific [same species]. The name of the genus, erected by A. Gunther in 1868, derives from the Greek aphye, -es [= sardine, anchovy] and charax [= a marine fish]. The species epithet honours an individual.
    Last edited by Byron; 09-23-2013 at 12:14 AM.

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    Hm...What about Honey Gourami? Thinking of getting 1 for my 20g, btw I have 6 green fire tetras in it, think that would be a problem, either for competing for food or fin nipping?

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    Quote Originally Posted by punkhazard View Post
    Hm...What about Honey Gourami? Thinking of getting 1 for my 20g, btw I have 6 green fire tetras in it, think that would be a problem, either for competing for food or fin nipping?
    Yes. Sedate fish like gourami are prime targets for any small fish that might nip, and the smaller the group and/or the smaller the tank space, the more this increases.

    Is this 20g the home of the swordtail? That is pushing things too, because the swordtail will (or should) reach 4-5 inches, and if in good condition can reach 6 inches. This means at least a 30-inch tank. And it is an active swimmer.

    Byron.

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    Swordtail is in my 55g, for the 20g it would be the green fire tetras (6, going to increase to 8 eventually) and corys

    In that scenario would a red honey gourami fare well?

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    I would be worried for the honey gourami. It looks like your looking for a center piece for that tank. Now a small south american cichlid like a Ram can tolerate your Greenfire tetras but I've never kept one in a tank smaller then a 29 gallon so you might want to research tank size for a Ram.
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    Centrepiece fish in smaller tanks are a real challenge, and frankly next to impossible. You could have a small group of Honey Gourami in a 20g, and a group is better than a single fish here, say 1 male and 2-3 females. But your tankmates must be very carefully chosen, and the Green Fire Tetra is not one to choose. Rasbora would work, any of the medium ones like the Harlequin and related species in the Trigonostigma genus. And there are some tetra that should be OK, though I personally would never include tetra with sedate fish in so small a tank. If you are adamant on the mentioned tetra, don't antagonize them with gourami or a cichlid, which is similarly sedate.

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    So I have a couple options:

    I could return the green fire tetra to the LFS or move them to my 55g.

    In that case could i have something like a bolivian ram, honey gourami and some dither fish in my 20g? Or maybe something like a ram and 2-3 honey gourami?

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