As the name suggests, the X-ray tetra has an almost transparent body which can give this little fish the appearance of an X-ray photograph. The beautiful color spots on the fins make this fish captivating when in a school. This tetra has a natural tolerance to a wide variety of water parameters, which makes it an excellent choice for the beginner. The X-ray is also very peaceful and tolerant of other community fish.
Species – X-Ray Tetra – Pristella Maxillaris
Current Size – 1.5cm – 2cm
Adult Length – 4cm
Temperature Range – 22 – 28 °C
pH Range – 6.0 – 7.5
Special Requirements – Best kept in a heavily-planted arrangement with a dark substrate and floating plants to diffuse the lighting. If maintained in sparse surroundings it will not develop its best colors.
Tanks Mates and Compatibility – It’s a very peaceful species that won’t compete well with very boisterous or much larger tankmates. Ideally keep it with other South American species, such as other small tetras, pencil fish, hatchet fish, dwarf cichlids such as Apistogramma, Corydoras and small Loricariids.