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« on: February 07, 2015, 06:58:14 AM »

I have a 75 gallon tank.  It has been cycled with good water quality.  0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrites, 20-40 Nitrates.  I do 50 percent water changes weekly while gently vacuuming the gravel.  I feed twice daily Omega One flake food and Omego one veggie pellets.  Once in awhile I give them a treat of blood worms or frozen shrimp.
I have 9 Serpae Tetras in the community tank.  All of them are doing great with good red color. I have had these for a few months.  There is one that is smaller and lighter than the rest. I figured he was lighter because he was the low man on the totem pole.  I'm concerned that he doesn't seem to be growing at all.  I watch him and he eats, he is not getting picked on by the other fish.  Should I be concerned?  Are they very slow growing fish? 
Any help on this would greatly be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2015, 04:33:46 PM »

Hi Cindy,

It seems like you are doing a great job with your aquarium and the critters inside. That said, your Serpaes are not really in any slow-growing category of fishes. Perhaps the smaller one has a physiology issue that separates it slightly from the others. It happens. If the smaller one is eating and schooling with the others and not getting picked on or bullied, I would not be too concerned. Continue to maintain your tank as you have been and observe the smaller one for any significant change.  happy

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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2015, 05:33:31 PM »

Thank you Russ! I'll watch him closely.
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2015, 06:16:41 AM »

I've been watching my little Serpae closely.  Here is what I have been observing..... Last night at feeding time, he was amongst the community actively going after food.  His dorsal fin looks a bit stunted to me.  Maybe because he is smaller and it looks smaller, I'm not sure, his caudil (sp?) or tail fin looks good.  This morning when I turned on the light he was in the left corner of the tank, hanging out and did not come out to get the food, he hung back and caught food coming to him. A couple of other Serpaes went over to him, and the spunky guy chased them away, quite aggressively.  He's never really played in the Serpae game of (excuse the expression) "grab ass".  I didn't get concerned, because he is the smallest and wouldn't win that game. 
I'm no expert on fish deceases but he physically looks ok, other than his light color, stunted dorsal fin and small size.  (Typing that, I thought "oxymoron")
I just went to check on him, he is still in his "territory" chasing any other Serpaes away. I might be reading too much into this, but it appears the other Serpaes want him included.   Maybe he is a bit different physiologically, time will tell.   I need to come up with a good name for him, any ideas?
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