Black Skirt Tetra - Planted Tank Mates

Black Skirt Tetra

3″ | 6 or more | 15 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

Gymnocorymbus ternetzi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of Tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 80°

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 15 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Black Skirt Tetras are named for their distinctive look.  They have silver-grey body that transitions to a black anal fin.  They’re relatively peaceful and are larger than your typical tetras.  You can keep them in a 15 gallon tank, but push for a 20 gallon with larger groups. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.

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ImageBlack skirt tetra fish (Hyphessobrycon sweglesi).rummynose tetra fishTurquoise rainbowfish (Melanotaenia lacustris).Emerald dwarf rasbora fish (Danio erythromicron).Celestial pearl or Galaxy rasbora fish (Danio margaritatus)Serpae tetra fish (Hyphessobrycon eques).
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Description

3" | 6 or more | 15 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

2” | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

4" | 6 or more | 30 gal

PH 7 - 8 | Peaceful

1.5" | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 7 - 8 | Peaceful

3/4" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.5 | Peaceful

2" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

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Gymnocorymbus ternetzi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of Tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 80°

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 15 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Black Skirt Tetras are named for their distinctive look.  They have silver-grey body that transitions to a black anal fin.  They're relatively peaceful and are larger than your typical tetras.  You can keep them in a 15 gallon tank, but push for a 20 gallon with larger groups. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.

Hemigrammus rhodostomus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.75″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 84

PH: 6 – 7

dGH: 3-6

dKH: 2 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Neon Tetras, Zebra Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish and Guppies, Zebra Loaches, Yoyo Loaches and Otocinclus:

Notes

Aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths such as cichlids.

Melanotaenia lacustris

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 75° – 82°

PH: 7 – 8

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 6

Tank Mates

 Cherry Barbs, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Dwarf Gouramis, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Guppies, Plecos, Dwarf Corydoras, Loaches, Otocinclus and even Dwarf Shrimp.

Notes

Also known as Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish or Blue Rainbowfish, Turquoise Rainbowfish are simlar Boesemani Rainbowfish and are peaceful middle-top dwellers with small mouths.  They do well in a community with many nano fish including cherry barbs.  Minimize plant and decoration density and aim for 48" long tank to give them ample swimming space.

Celestichthys erythromicron

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Moderate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 - 74

PH: 7 - 8

dGH: 4 – 12

dKH: 2 – 10

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Cardina shrimp, Neon Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Emerald Dward Rasboras are sensitive to water change and prefer at least a neutral to more alkaline water condition.

Danio margaritatus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3/4″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 74°

PH: 6.5 – 7.5

dGH: 3 – 10

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Celestial Pearl Danios, or CPD for short, are relatively new in the fishkeeping world.  They were discovered in the early 2000’s and were initially called Galaxy Rasboras or Fireworks Rasbora.  They’re super popular for their trout-like spotted bodies and bright orange fins.  For a fish that gets only about 3/4” in size, their distinct features really pop out in a community tank.  A bonus is that they can tolerate a wider range of water parameters making them easy to breed.

Learn about Celestial Pearl Danio breeding here.

Hyphessobrycon eques

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of Tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Serpae Tetras are also known as Red Minor Tetra, Jewel Tetra or Callistus Tetras, and are great beginner fish.  They often have a black spot on their body and can get confused with Red Phantom Tetras.  The Serpae Tetras dorsal and anal fin have red and transition to black with white tips.  You can keep them in a 10 gallon tank, but push for a 20 gallon with larger groups. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.

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