maintenance, care, compatibility
Glass tetra: content, compatibility, dilution, photo-video review
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Water parameters for keeping a glass tetra in an aquarium:
Temperature: 23 – 27 ° C (73 – 800F);
Acidity, pH: 6.0 – 7.5;
Stiffness: up to 30 ° H;
For a small group, an aquarium of 70 liters (60 cm x 37.5 cm x 30 cm) will suffice.
Aggressiveness: not aggressive 10%;
Filtering is weak. Weekly replacement of 30% water.
Habitat Tetra glass
They are found in various parts of the Amazon River in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.
Description of tetras glass
The average size of a Tetra glass is 6 cm. The fish has a slim, elongated, transparent body. The skin is transparent, and through them you can easily examine the spine and internal organs.
The color of the body in Tetra glass is pale blue or bluish gray. The fish has a small head, which cannot be said about the eyes, they are of substantial size.
Lateral, ventral and anal fins. Tetras of glass are transparent, the dorsal has either a yellowish or transparent color. But the tail fin has a bright red color. Sexual maturity reaches the age of 5 to 7 months.
Like most small haracin, female adult Tetra glass is much fuller in the stomach, especially during the spawning period.
Compatible Tetras Glass
Tetra glass refers to the peace-loving species of fish, which will find common interest with most of the fish with similar nature and parameters. Showdowns happen very rarely, and even then mostly between males in a small amount, so they must be kept in a group of 6 to 8 individuals. It is best to keep with fish from South America, such as Kharatsinovye of similar size, corridors, small loricarial catfish, apistograms, microgeophagus and suitable in size or even slightly larger cichlids like angelfish and discus.
It is not recommended to keep together with fast-swimming and loving top layer fish. See also article: “Compatibility of aquarium fish”.
What to feed Tetra glass?
An inverted mouth and slightly keeled body forms suggest that this species of fish predominantly feeds on small invertebrates on the surface of water in nature. In the aquarium, this fish prefers any live food, such as daphnia, bloodworm, cyclops.
However, do not give up and dried food of good quality. Remember that only with a varied diet your fish will feel good, showing you the most intense colors.
Feeding any aquarium fish should be correct: balanced, varied. This fundamental rule is the key to successful keeping of any fish, be it guppies or astronotuses.
Article “How and how much to feed aquarium fish” talks in detail about this, it outlines the basic principles of the diet and feeding regime of fish.
In this article, we note the most important thing – feeding fish should not be monotonous; both dry and live food should be included in the diet. In addition, you need to take into account the gastronomic preferences of a particular fish and, depending on this, include in its diet ration either with the highest protein content or vice versa with vegetable ingredients.
Popular and popular feed for fish, of course, are dry food. For example, hourly and everywhere can be found on the aquarium shelves of food company “Tetra” – the leader of the Russian market, in fact, the range of feeds of this company is striking.
In the “gastronomic arsenal” of Tetra are included as individual feeds for a certain type of fish: for goldfish, for cichlids, for loricarids, guppies, labyrinths, arovan, discus, etc. Also, Tetra has developed specialized foods, for example, for enhancing color, fortified or for feeding fry.
Detailed information on all Tetra feeds, you can find on the official website of the company – here.
It should be noted that when buying any dry food, you should pay attention to the date of its production and shelf life, try not to buy food by weight, and also keep the food in a closed state – this will help avoid the development of pathogenic flora in it.
Conditions of Tetra Glass
An active pelagic species of fish that prefers to dwell in the middle and upper water layers, therefore, there should be enough free space in the aquarium for swimming. Most effective when the fish is kept by a group in an aquarium-rich aquarium.
Floating plants have a positive effect on the health of the fish. Fishes will be grateful for the décor elements that mimic their natural habitat, such as beech or oak snags and beech leaves and fallen leaves on the substrate, giving a very natural look to the composition.
Cultivation and reproduction of Tetra glass
It is not difficult at all to breed a tetra glass, but it will be necessary to acquire a separate spawning aquarium, if you are interested in raising a good percentage of fry. It should be dimly lit and contain a group of fine-leaved plants, such as Javanese moss. Such plants will serve as a good place for laying eggs.
However, there is an alternative, you can stretch the grid at the bottom of the aquarium, through which adults can not get to the eggs that fell to the bottom. In a spawning aquarium, the water should be soft and acidic with ph6.0 – 7.0 and gH 1 – 5, the temperature in the region of 27 – 30 ° C.
It is necessary to filter and aerate which is well organized using, for example, an internal filter. Tetratec Brilliant-Filter by Tetra.
Known as the method of breeding in pairs. With this technique, males and females are kept in groups in separate containers. For spawning take the fullest female and the brightest male.
Put them in a spawning aquarium in the evening. Spawning process begins in the morning.
Fry hatch after 14 – 36 hours and swim freely after 3 – 4 days. They are fed with infusoria or special feeds for fry until the fish can feed on bloodworms and artemia.
Author Alexander Isakov
Beautiful photos with tetra glass
Video about tetra glass
American tetras are an excellent decoration for any aquarium with a large number of plants with small delicate leaves and, preferably, a dark, almost black, primer. All types of tetras are distinguished by an unusual, attractive color and peace-loving character; with proper care, tetras reproduce well.
Living in an aquarium, subject to the host of a number of simple rules, small mobile fish can not less than 5-6 years, frolicking and playing.
In the natural environment, tetras are found in the clear waters of South and Central America, choosing for the life of the lake, a river with oxygen-rich water and a large number of plants. For these moving fish, the aquarium will have to be decorated with abundant vegetation – and, only a part of the aquarium should be planted.
In the second part – the tetra fish will be fun, defiantly swim with their comrades.
As a rule, all the tetras need a large company — it does not make sense to start one or two fish, because sociable fish bored without the opportunity to communicate with their relatives. Having launched into the aquarium a whole family of 5-20 fish, the owner will be able to admire the bright babies, who are actively frolicking in the thickets, peacefully swimming near the surface and amicably eating food.
The main condition for the prosperity of fish is excellent filtration, aeration of water. Aquarium fish tetra, like its wild counterparts in appearance, is unpretentious to the proposed food – these babies, rarely growing to 7 cm, are quite voracious.
They like tetras to eat and dry, and frozen food, gnawing small leaves of aquarium plants with appetite. As a rule, aquarists feed tetras with a pipe maker, shredded bloodworms, cyclops, complementing food with vegetable feed.
The group of tetras gets along well with medium-sized herbivorous neighbors, almost all species of these fish are peaceful in the group. Aggression can be seen in the behavior of single tetras.
Left without a company, the tetra can begin to assert its “possessions”, protecting the territory that it has chosen for itself.
Tetras are fishes of the Kharacin family, the origin of which are the waters of South America.
In the wild, their habitat is a river with crystal clear water rich in oxygen. They feed on insect larvae and tender parts of aquatic plants. Tetras are gregarious creatures, so one cannot meet them alone.
And in aquariums, fish should be kept in flocks with constant aeration and water filtration. Artificial home pond should be densely planted with plants and decorated with snags. Tetra fishing will surely love such an aquarium!
Today, the room for fish can be settled more than a dozen species of these representatives haratsinovyh. Among which is “Amanda”.
This type of tetra was discovered quite recently in the central part of Amazonia. Very small in size, but with a soft and very delicate color.
Ideal for a tropical forest aquarium in the company of peaceful catfish and other peace-loving haracin. Such as koelurihtisami (or “Blue Diamond”) with a pleasant and harmonious color.
But this type of dynamic fish rarely occurs at home due to the problematic breeding. But lemon tetra, on the contrary, is very popular. She is unpretentious and peaceful.
It fits perfectly into a tropical aquarium.
Tetra, the species of which are not whimsical in the majority, is popular because of the colorfulness of the species. So, to the above fish. It is possible to add such ones as rhodostomus (“redrota” tetra) with contrasting color and sapphire tetra with bright color.
It is worth noting a variety like glass tetra. This type of name was due to the almost transparent body.
A contrasting red spot on the tail contributed to the growing popularity of the fish.
All species of fish mentioned above are completely omnivorous. They eat live, dry, frozen food and love to eat vegetable.
As a rule, they are all peace-loving, with the exception of bloody tetras, which constantly quarrel with their neighbors.