Long Fin Black Tetra (Black Skirt). My family has always had one or more of these. These fish do best in a school of a minimum of 3.
You should also have plants in your tank. In fact, most fish feel more comfortable ina heavily planted tank. Black skirt tetras usually occupy the middle layers of the aquarium.
The Black Skirt tetra is a popular aquarium fish. It can be recognized on its characteristic black “skirt”. There exists an albino version of the Black Skirt tetra that is quite common in pet shops and known as the White Skirt tetra. Unfortunately, White Skirt tetras are often dipped in pastel colours and marketed as Fruit tetras. The dying process hurts the fish, and this is not only a problem for the fish itself – it is a problem for the aquarist as well since dyed fish will be highly prone to illness and have a greatly reduced life span. You can however also find White skirt tetras that are pastel coloured because they have been fed coloured food. These tetras are usually healthy, but they will of course loose their colouration if you start giving them normal fish food.
The Black Skirt tetra is a popular aquarium fish
Black Skirt Tetra - About Fish Online
Above is a picture of this wonderful little fish, which is one of my personal favourites. The Black Skirt comes from South American rivers and can reach 2.5 inches (6.35cm) in size, which makes them quite large for a tetra species.If you split your tank up into three areas, top, middle and bottom this will give you the three levels of your tank in which specific fish will mostly swim in. The Black Skirts will mostly swim around in the middle area of your tank which leaves two whole areas in your tank to fill with other sorts of fish.They are a very peaceful fish which enjoy planted tanks but like the occasional swim in open water areas, like to be in schools of six or more and go well in community tanks as long as the other fish in with them are not really aggressive. (Please note though at the time of writing this article i added the Black Skirts to a tank with a rather cranky Paradise fish and had no troubles with bullying).Black skirt tetras are from South America. Like most of the other fish that originatefrom South America, they do best in soft, slightly acidic water. You can filter your waterthrough peat or you can purchase water softeners, such as Tetra's black water extract. This extracthelps to approximate the water in your aquarium to that of the Amazon River.