Scientific name:Gymnocorymbus ternetzi Origin: South American Size: 2” Breeding: Livebearers Diet: Omnivores Temperament: Docile, community
Black Skirt Tetras are typically considered a larger Tetra but are still docile in temperament. These fish are excellent companions for other docile community fish and will even school with other fish of the same or similar species. The unique body shape and bright black colors of the fin make the Black Skirt Tetra a beautiful community fish for virtually any tank. Black Skirt Tetras are originally from South America so they do prefer sandy bottom tanks and plenty of plants to swim through. These fish are also omnivores like many other community fish which means that they eat both plants and smaller animals. Black Skirt Tetras are about 2.5” at full size and maturity and have a life span of about 2-4 years. Since Black Skirt Tetras do have longer fins than most Tetras, it is important to carefully choose tankmates and stay away from potential tank mates that may be prone to nipping longer fins.
Black Skirt Tetras are omnivores which means they eat both plants and animals. Usually a tropical fish flake or small pellet is sufficient for these fish. Some choose to offer more variety by feed spirulina (vegetation) flake or pellet along with live or frozen foods that may include bloodworms or brine shrimp.
Black Skirt Tetras are a docile species that easily school with other fish of the same or similar species. Although these fish are a bit larger than most Tetras, they can still be paired with community fish such as Emperor Tetras, Neon Tetras, or Rasboras. Due to the longer fins of Black Skirt Tetras, it is advised to stay away from fish that may be fin nippers.
Frequently Asked Questions
How large with a Black Skirt Tetra get?
At full size and maturity, a Black Skirt Tetra will grow to be about 2.5-3” in length.
What fish will pair well with Black Skirt Tetras?
Black Skirt Tetras are docile community fish that will get along great with most other fish of similar temperaments. A few fish that could go with Black Skirt Tetras include Neon Tetras, Rasboras, and Emperor Tetras.
Are Black Skirt Tetras hardy?
Under proper conditions within their environment, Black Skirt Tetras are very hardy. They do not tolerate colder temperatures and tank mates that are more aggressive though.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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