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Video:Types of Tetra Fish for Freshwater Aquariums

with Tony Aversano

Tetra fish are the most popular fish for freshwater aquariums. There are many different types of tetras available, from the ever popular neon tetra to almost any color of the rainbow.See Transcript

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Transcript:Types of Tetra Fish for Freshwater Aquariums

Hi! I’m Tony Aversano for About.com and today we’re going to tell you about different types of tetra fish for fresh water aquariums. We’re here at Fish Bowl Pets in Stamford, Connecticut.

Tetras Are a Popular Freshwater Fish

Tetras make up probably the most popular group of fish for small home aquariums. The most popular, often requested fish has to be tetras because there you can get variety, number of fish all in the same aquarium and besides being colorful, they’re inexpensive and hearty.

Tetras naturally originate from South America in the Amazon, however today 99 percent of all fish sold in aquarium stores are captive bred in Asia. The most popular fish in the world has to be neon tetra. They’re red, white and blue so they’re very patriotic.

They only grow to about an inch and a half or so, and while they’re omnivores they are very peaceful and compatible and enjoy being in a school.

Determine the Right Amount of Tetras for Your Aquariums

How many tetras should I include of a certain species in my aquarium has to deal with the size of the aquarium. For example, in a 5 gallon aquarium a group of 3 or 4 will probably be very happy. Meanwhile in a 55 gallon aquarium, if you put 4 neons in there you’re really not going to see them, so they are probably a school of 10 or 12 are more appropriate.

They range in color from red, white and blue to silver, red, black and white. Tetras are probably one of the most affordable of all the different types of freshwater tropical fish and I would say they generally range in price from about 2 dollars on up to maybe 10 dollars a fish. So to get a small school of the 2 dollar ones, you’re talking about under ten dollars total.

You’ll need to have all the facts in order to properly care for tetra fish and know if they’re right for you. To learn more about freshwater aquariums and other topics, please visit About.com. Thanks for watching.

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