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  1. Default different Tetra species schooling with eachother???


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    i've heard people say that Different Tetra species wont school with each and others say they will but that they wont be as "Happy" doing so.

    Ive kept neons, glo light tetras, serpae, rummy nose, von rio, blue tetra, cardinals, and black neons, and my glo lights used to school with my rummys for long periods of time, and they all seemed to be just as "happy" as clams, to my understanding tetras dont school for the purpose of being "happy" but as a survival instinct, strength and safety in numbers.

    Wondering what experiences others have with their tetras schooling with other tetra species or even other species like rasbora.

    currently i have glo lights and neons and they hardly school at all because there is no threat of other fish in the tank, my glo lights chase eachother all over the tank and my neons loosely school but not much, maybe though its due to not having a high number of each but even though they dont school they are healthy and thriving. Thoughts??
    Last edited by birdman1275; 11-23-2013 at 05:18 PM.

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    There is a difference in schooling and shoaling.
    Schooling is when the fish are in a tight group all facing the same direction and move seemingly as one. It is a defense mechanism and fish will only school with those of their own kind for extended lengths of time. Fish like tetra are schooling fish.
    Shoaling is a loose group of fish swimming in different directions and moving independently within the group. Social fish or fish that are shoaling will hang out with other types of fish that look similar. This is a social behavior. It is used as a defense and helps with foraging. Fish like cory's and kuhli loaches are shoaling fish.
    As you have stated, if there is no threat the fish don't school because they are not stressed into needing a survival defense. Social fish will always shoal together regardless of threat because of an inherent need to be in a group.
    As for different schooling fish swimming close to each other, let's face it, our tanks are small when compared to nature and fish will at times swim close together, but don't confuse close proximity to schooling.
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    wow, thanks for the info very informative and appreciated.

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    Here is my experience...
    I have 8 black neon tetras with 9 rummynose and 9 glowlights: the most action they all see is at feeding time. The rummynose school with each other a lot, rarely shoal, because that is just in their behavior. The glowlights and black neons, on the other hand, never do. They are usually shoaling, or even just scattered, floating in suspension.
    However, my friend recently (about 4 months ago) got a used 65 gallon tank. With it came a bristlenose pleco, 10 brilliant rasboras, and 1 black neon tetra. Now, I don't know how long they have all been together, but the rasboras are very active schoolers, much like the rummynose, and the black neon is always just as active as they are. Even when other fish were introduced to the tank, he schools with the rasboras. I find this odd, because the temperate of the black neon tetra is usually very calm, yet because of his circumstance, he is active and lively, and the rasboras accept him as part of the school. I guess its a nature vs nurture thing LOL, but it's one of the more interesting things I've witnessed in the world of pets IMO.
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    In my experience getting different species of tetra to school together seems to be all about water flow.

    If there is just a little bit of decent water flow I've noticed the tetras seem to school together most of the time. If my water is somewhat more calm they seem to just shoal and rarely school.

    I have a few tanks with Neons in them now and the stronger the water flow (up to a point obviously) the better they school with rummy nose, cardinals and even emperor tetra.

    I really don't have "hard" evidence or research to back this up. It's just my observation from keeping the fish.

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    that is interesting about the black neon with the rasboras, seems nature always finds a way.

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    Here's a good video that shows how different schooling fish interact with each other.

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    Those rasbora are schooling nicely, the rest seemed to be a bit more relaxed and shoaling. I had to giggle when the discus came looming up from the back of the tank and even the guppies joined the group. Here is another video that helps to explain the difference between schooling and shoaling. It's set in the ocean, but the same principles apply to freshwater.

    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    all very helpful and informative, thankyou.

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