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Thread: Rosy Tetras fin nipping my betta
02-21-2014, 03:47 PM #1
Rosy Tetras fin nipping my betta
I added 5 Rosy Tetras to my 29 gallon last week after being told by the shop worker they would be fine with my betta, however I have noticed at least one of them will sometimes follow him round and occasionally nip his tail.
Is this species considered a fin nipper? Will adding more to the school perhaps solve the problem or should I consider returning them?
27 Gallon planted: Super Dragon Betta, Neon Tetras, Honey Gourami, Rummy Nose Tetra, Checker barbs, Bolivian Ram, Otocinclus, Amano shrimp, Assassin snails.
75 Gallon Reef: Ocellaris Clownfish pair, Firefish, Royal Gramma, Bangaii Cardinal, Midas Blenny, Coral Beauty Angelfish, Cleaner Shrimp, 18+ crabs and snails
02-21-2014, 04:35 PM #2
The best way of avoiding problems with fin-nipping is selecting companion fish that are either just as nippy and fast moving or others that tend to hang out in a different area of the aquarium.
IMO tetras nip when they aren't kept in large groups so they center their attraction and aggression among themselves and avoid other tank mate. IMO best is to get a larger tank to accommodate the large number of tetras, or re-home the tetras.
02-21-2014, 06:26 PM #3
If by rosy tetra you are referring to hyphessobrycon rosaceus, then yeah, those can be pretty feisty animals in my experience.
02-21-2014, 06:31 PM #4
I've never had a problem with them whatsoever, but sometimes those Betta fins can look tempting to even the most docile fish. Here's a great place that discusses their behavior: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...61725948,d.cGU
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02-21-2014, 07:15 PM #5
if you like them and want to keep them, do try adding 2-3 more to the school...it might be enough to give the betta a break. You may still end up having to trade them in tho. Sometimes a fish just plain takes a dislike to another fish.