• You are viewing the forum as a Guest, please login (you can use your Facebook, Twitter, Google or Microsoft account to login) or register using this link: Log in or Sign Up
  • You can now follow UKAPS on Instagram.

Why are cardinal tetra rarely used in aquascaping?

pseudodiego

Member
Joined
15 Dec 2021
Messages
55
Location
Spain
Just curious. Those little guys are really beautiful, but it you watch the top tanks at the IAPLC or the green aqua channel, they are rarely used.

Any idea why?
 
Last edited:

jaypeecee

Member
Joined
21 Jan 2015
Messages
2,816
Location
Bracknell
Why are cardinal tetra rarely used in aquascaping?

Just curious. Those little guys are really beautiful, but it you watch the top tank at the IAPLC or the green aqua channel, they are rarely used.

Hi @pseudodiego

I have seen many aquascapes that are home to both Cardinal and Neon Tetras. Take a look at this aquascape on Dennis Wong's site (#3 dutch style):


JPC
 

erwin123

Member
Joined
4 Mar 2021
Messages
955
Location
Singapore
Interesting that IALPC 2021 rank 1-9 do not have Neons/Cardinals (photo too small for my non-expert eyes to tell the difference).
However, rank 10, 11, 12, 15, 21 have them.
 

PARAGUAY

Member
Joined
13 Nov 2013
Messages
2,763
Location
Lancashire
I think it's partly to with the judging with IAPLC Fish selection for the Aquascaper is taken into account rather then the most colourful.
 

Garuf

Member
Joined
30 Oct 2007
Messages
5,606
Location
Copenhagen
Fashion mainly. There was a time when they were used in every other scape, especially iwagumi because that was what ADA did.

These days fish choice is slightly more nuisanced or should I say, cardinals and neons are perceived as cliché these days so more a-typical fish are chosen.
 

Ginkgo

Member
Joined
11 Mar 2018
Messages
26
Location
Devon
I think it might have something to do with the way they school together, they're quite slow moving and are more spaced out than others. And as other people have mentioned, their extreme colours distract the viewer from the scape. The schooling fish they use in those display tanks are really just to accentuate their designs, and provide it with a sense of life, sort of like props.
 
Joined
22 Feb 2021
Messages
91
Location
London
I just think they are over used aren't they. Don't get me wrong, they are over used for a reason - they are beautiful, but its been done and if you are trying to make an impact its sometimes helpful to use fish that people haven't already seen 1m times over,
 

George Farmer

Founder
UKAPS Team
Joined
30 Jun 2007
Messages
7,084
Location
Cambridgeshire
I think it's a combination of their aesthetic value, their perceived popularity and schooling behaviour.

Aesthetic - Very high impact. Too high for many.
Popular - Too popular for many.
Schooling - They don't school when comfortable so not great for the that final photo unless you can 'scare' them into schooling.

I'm considering 100 in my HighLine 400.
 

seedoubleyou

Member
Joined
29 Mar 2022
Messages
512
Location
Windsor
I'm considering 100 in my HighLine 400.

That’s when they can’t be beaten IMO. A huge shoal of them in a large tank creates a really high impact. Yes they detract from an aquascape in a competitive setting.
But when creating something you can watch all day from your “stool”, they’re a perfect addition to an aquascape.
 

mort

Member
Joined
15 Nov 2015
Messages
2,161
I don't follow the competitions so I'm just guessing that other bright species aren't chosen as well so could it be that it's because they are perfect for tannin stained water but in a clear water competition tank, they just stick out to much.
 
Joined
20 Jul 2018
Messages
620
Location
Netherlands
I really like them you can see them when you are a bit further away from the tank. My couch is 5/6m away from my tank and when viewing the tank from there the fish that stand out most are the cardinals. I think they do great in jungle or crowded tanks but not so much in a competition tank, there you have to be really thoughtful about fish choice to accentuate the scene you are creating.
 

tiger15

Member
Joined
14 Mar 2018
Messages
792
Location
USA
Amano’s last project, a 26 feet tank in Sumida Aquarium, has hundreds of Cardinal tetra. It is a combination of the largest aquascape tank in the world with the smallest fish.
 

Attachments

  • 5F615CE2-8C14-44A0-AC0A-2FF08ABE6D7A.jpeg
    5F615CE2-8C14-44A0-AC0A-2FF08ABE6D7A.jpeg
    61.1 KB · Views: 31
Top