Animal Stories - Colored Skirt Tetra

Animal-World Information about: Colored Skirt Tetra

The Colored Skirt Tetra beauty comes from the soft pastels of its naturally occurring colors!
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Astrix - 2015-07-03
this is a lie! These fish are dyed and are not real types of fish. I hate when people colour fish. Can you PLEASE change this site.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-07-09
    Actually no, this is not a lie. These are truly naturally occuring color morphs. There are albino skirt tetras that are dyed, but this fish is not one of them. Please re-read the description section above to gain an understanding of the differences between the two types.
Anonymous - 2014-01-06
Hey I have one of these in a tank with one molly. I did a huge water change about three days ago and yesterday I noticed a white wart like thing on its chin. I thought it might be a parasite but wasn't sure so I waited one day. Today there is a tiny red dot in it, the molly does not have it at all though. It's behaving normally and eating well, so if any of you have a clue what this is please tell me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-08
    My first thought is it is a mouth fungus, which is actually a bacterial infection. It is often accompanied by a secondary infection of an Aeromonas bacteria. Wounds that are white on the edges and red in the center are most typically Aeromonas. Both Koi and goldfish are the pet fishes most susceptible to Aeromonas. They are usually caused by sharp changes in water temperature, as well as poor water or nutrition. Aeromonas can be treated with any sulfa antibiotic along with trimetheprim. But both these infections can readily be treated at the same time with Aquarium Pharmaceutical's Furan-2 Medications - Api Furan 2.

nm123 - 2012-01-30
i would buy as much of these fish as you can and breed them so they dont get a chance of being dyed again by another fish store lisen to me no one has a chance of stoping tetras glofish exc from being dyed but you can make the fish hapier by only bredding it with non painted white skirt tetras that will eventually cause the colored skirt tetra to be less and less populer in your area

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  • erin - 2012-09-04
    Glofish are genetically altered, not artificially dyed. and if people start buying a whole bunch of the dyed fish, there will be more demand so they will start making even more. I have 2 of them (I didn't know they were artificially dyed until after I bought them) but with the proper care they are happy and act like un-dyed white skirt tetras
Lindsey Escudero - 2012-07-30
Hello everone! Just have a few questions about my colored skirt tetra. I have had it for a year or so now, and really I am ashamed to say I really haven't taken good care of it. I had no idea fish needed so much care until now. So here's the deal: I just transfered my fish into a different tank yesterday and she's (am convinced its a girl) been chasing her reflection- well I think it is her reflection, I don't really know since I can't see her point of view- is this good for her? She never did it before.and she hasn't eaten since I switched her. Is this normal? please help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-30
    Yep, normal.  You moved her and it will take a few days for her to adjust to new tank.  It's just different and she's looking around.  She probably could not see her reflection in the other tank with the light or size and she can in this one and it interests her.  Just different.
  • lindsey escudero - 2012-07-31
    Thank you so much for your reply. It conforts me to know this:)
sandi - 2012-07-29
Plzzzzz help me I love my fish. I just got a painted tetra fish and I've had it 4 days now and he won't eat. What's wrong with him and he keeps swimming back and forth in the tank, he is also so rooming with a moor goldfish

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-30
    Check your ammonia levels.  Goldfish aren't usually a good match for tetras as they are sensitive to water conditions. Goldfish produce a lot of ammonia.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-29
    Probably nothing wrong, he is just getting used to a new place to live.  Watch his behavior for a couple more days and check out if eating.  OK?
Melody - 2012-05-12
Hi I have two blue skirt tetra's and one has something wrong with it's one eye,since i got them this has bin a problem with my one tera now. It started by looking like pop eye then the eye is still poped out and blood filled?? Can anyone give me an idea as to what i'm dealing with?!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-13
    Could be from an injury or water conditions. Did he come from the pet store like this?
nm123 - 2012-02-02
So what do you guys think of slowing down the production of dyed white skirt tetras in your area

plz get back to me asap

sean - 2011-11-01
I bought four of these fish because they looked cool. I've heard of fish being injected with dye but never dawned on me that this breed could be one that they do this two. I have a green, blue, and pink ones. My fish seem to be healthy but I would have never bought them had I known that. I guess I'll do the research before I buy anymore fish. This is truely horrible

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-01
    Yes, I was a little shocked too. Doesn't sound great to me. However, it is done and you have your fish so just enjoy them. Maybe the coloring came about through the foods.
Eric Dancel - 2011-08-12
I can't get it. My tetra just looks like it's original form plain white. But my aunt have her tetra fish now look like a balk skirt tetra. How did that happene? Reply please. My aunt is annoying me please reply ASAP as soon as posible

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-12
    Attached is article from Animal World and it will tell you more about the colored skirt tetra - including color additives for the fish. The link is

    Hope that helps
stephanie - 2011-07-28
Not all of the color tetra are dyed using syringes and dye. I have a pink one and it simply gains its color from the food its fed. I use Tetra Color plus. Its specialized food for fish hat have colors. It enchaces their color naturaly.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    Didn't know you could do that - thanks