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Are my freshwater fish mating?

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Rebecca Paige 
Asked at 2011.04.07 22:32:34
I have three small fish in a 10 gallon tank. I don't know what type of freshwater fish they are, but they are base (color) with black stripes. One of them just hangs out by themselves, and the other two follow each other around constantly, sometimes even chasing each other. I would be thrilled if they had babies, but I don't know how to tell if they are "lovers" (mating) or just "friends". I would appreciate the help. Sorry I don't know what type of fish they are.
answer catx  Answered at 2011.04.07 22:32:34
If you don't know what they species they are then it's unlikely they'll successfully breed as you may well not be meeting their overall needs!

If they're a shoaling species of fish being kept in only a trio they will chase and bully one another, it won't be spawning activity. Shoaling species must be in groups of 6 or more and may well need a tank a lot larger than a 10g.

ID your fish, that's the only way you will be able to work out if they could breed for you.

EDIT: There's no such thing as "striped tetra". Common names don't really mean anything. If you post up a pick we can ID them properly. It could be Tetra, Rasbora or Danio, most likely Tetra or Rasbora. These are all shoaling fish and most can't be kept in a 10g. They need fairly specific conditions in order to breed.
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