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    My cardinals are behaving a little different from yours. They are swimming freely around the tank. However, whenever someone approcahes the tank, they will go hide behind the driftwood or at the back of the tank. Of course, they will come towards me during feeding time.

    Quote Originally Posted by equidorz View Post
    i gt 100pcs of cardinal in my 4 ft for 1 year already. still growin well and lively but one thing my fish likes to hide behind the moss and drift wood. the only time they swim out is when i feed them. but a small movement will scare them. any suggestions to help improve this symptom?
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    oh thanks riccia and yeoyL87 for the advices given, acutally my fish also same sympton as you. they normally swim freely but tends to hide when any one approach or have any movement. but i bought 16 rummy nose today @ c328. the cardinals seem to be braver after i add in the rummy nose. haha boast the cardinals confident. hope my cardinals will be braver after some time..
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    Hi all of you checking on characin ages...

    this is Heiko Bleher collecting tetras (and all other fishes) for several decades now and I wanted to tell you:

    1. Cardinal tetra live in nature normally never more than one year, but in aquaria, well kept, 10 years is not rare. As a matter of a fact, my dear friend who unfortunately past away last year, Jacques Gery (see www.aquapress-bleher.com under Special Events), and who has described many characoids including the Paracheirodon simulans (and a new neon I found last year, to be published soon) had in one aquarium a few Cardinal tetras for almost 12 year, without a filter or air stone in it...

    2. One must naturally distinguish as there are more than 1600 different characoids in America and Africa, and some are very predatory fishes. But I would say that an age of 2-3 year is normal for most, and well kept, most of the will live much longer in aquaria.

    3. And remember: in aquaria all fishes if kept well (and definately the best is to keep them according to their habitat and nature, which by fat is best - have alook at my Biotopes, that is the way fishes should be kept - in their own communities within their authentic habitat) live much longer than in nature. Ie Hemigrammus bleheri (the brilliant rummy nose) and Cardinals, both in larger groups, make a perfect environment, they live together...

    All the best

    Heiko
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    so far my cardinal has been with me for 6mths

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    I've had two for about two years now and the other four about one year.
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    one of my 3 year old Congos just died on monday... he was the alpha male... left with 2 females now
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    i bought 16 neon tetras since march and only 13 survived to this date but all have grown bigger since.. hoping to find a good source for cardinals... much tougher than neons i think but rare in our LFS...
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    Re: Lifespan of tetras in your tank?

    Heheh 5+years now and going...
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    ember tetras are with me for 2 years and counting...
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    Re: Lifespan of tetras in your tank?

    I have raise Inpaichthys kerri for 2 years
    this picture is their children
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    Re: Lifespan of tetras in your tank?

    most of my cardinals and black neons survived 2.5 years+. now dying 1 by one when i mixed with 2 female guppies. i think due to over crowding as 2 female guppies were preggy and did not stop giving birth until the next generation was old enogh to continue breeding process. so from 2 guppies i have like 30+ guppies. and from around 40 tetras, i now have only 15.

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    Re: Lifespan of tetras in your tank?

    4 Cardinals in my tank, approximately 4 years old. Acquired as juveniles, now huge adults.
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    Re: Lifespan of tetras in your tank?

    Most of the South American Characins I prefer to keep have lived between three and five years for me.
    I have had an Nannostomus eques live close to seven years but it outlasted it's mates by about three years.
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    Re: Lifespan of tetras in your tank?

    my neons seem to be quite aggressive, think they will kill each other before they reach old age... some have bite marks but they are a pretty active bunch

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    Lifespan of tetras in your tank?

    My neons a few are on the 3rd year. Had like around 30, now around 15.

    Most died are from finrot
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    Re: Lifespan of tetras in your tank?

    My recorder tetras:

    Congo tetra - 6 years
    Black widow - 5 years
    Diamond tetra - 5 years
    Blue emperor (Royal ) tetra (I. kerri) - 4 years
    Serpae tetra - 3 years

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    Re: Lifespan of tetras in your tank?

    My water pump was giving off a humming sound and I peeped into the hidden chamber to look. There in that cylindrical box was a tiny neon tetra that I though was eaten by a gourami and I had the culprit removed. (regret! How did it get there?!)

    It survived 6 weeks without food and in strong current within a confined space while its cousins are already twice its size. So much for the remarkable resilience of tetra.

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    Re: Lifespan of tetras in your tank?

    Quote Originally Posted by Neptune, the Mystic View Post
    My water pump was giving off a humming sound and I peeped into the hidden chamber to look. There in that cylindrical box was a tiny neon tetra that I though was eaten by a gourami and I had the culprit removed. (regret! How did it get there?!)

    It survived 6 weeks without food and in strong current within a confined space while its cousins are already twice its size. So much for the remarkable resilience of tetra.
    I disconnected my Ehiem for cleaning yesterday and found two shrimps very much alive..... but due to my fat fingers, I killed them while trying to get them back into the tank

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    Re: Lifespan of tetras in your tank?

    Hi, I've got my cardinals for 2 months but their colours are still dull from the time I got them.

    Any suggestion to improve their colours this? I'm feeding them pellets and occasionally brine shimps.

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    Re: Lifespan of tetras in your tank?

    Quote Originally Posted by alchemistkc View Post
    Hi, I've got my cardinals for 2 months but their colours are still dull from the time I got them.

    Any suggestion to improve their colours this? I'm feeding them pellets and occasionally brine shimps.
    Whats the pH and TDS of your tank water? Cardinal tetras prefer lower pH and lower TDS water (ie. soft acidic water), so that may affect their overall condition and colors.

    Maybe you can try feeding them pellet food with color enhancing ingredients, can try brands like New Life Spectrum Small Fish Formula, it works well for my fishes.
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