The Pristella Tetra is a pretty little characin known as the X-ray Fish due to its relatively transparent silvery yellow body. Its dorsal and anal fins have white tips and stylish stripes of black, white, and yellow color. In addition, the tail fin features a striking pink or pale red coloration that adds to its interesting look.
Other common names for this beautiful fish include Water Goldfinch, Golden Pristella Tetra, Pinktailed Tetra, and X-ray Tetra. In the wild, the Pristella Tetra thrives in the South American coastal rivers with varying water chemistry. Thanks to its natural tolerance to a broad range of water parameters, it’s ideal for a community aquarium.
Additionally, this peaceful fish coexists well with other non-aggressive fish. Its ideal aquarium setup includes live plants, rocks, and driftwood to mimic a natural habitat and provide hiding areas. Also worthy of note is that the Pristella Tetra is a schooling fish, so you need to keep it in groups of at least six.
Pristella Tetras can get along with several other freshwater tank inhabitants. However, since they are peaceful species, they won’t coexist with aggressive or semi-aggressive species. It is also advisable to avoid keeping them with larger, peaceful fish, which could mistake them for food.
Some suitable tank mates for the Pristella Tetra include Small Tetras such as the Ember, Pencil Fish, Apistogramma, Guppy Fish, Platy Fish, Molly Fish, and most Loaches.
Pristella Tetras are omnivores, so they generally feed on all types of living, fresh, and flake foods. To ensure a good balance, provide them with a varied diet of live food, flake food, and frozen food. You can feed them either frozen or live brine shrimp or bloodworms as a treat. While Pristella Tetras can feed several times a day, only provide what they can consume in not more than three minutes at each feeding.
Are Pristella Tetras aggressive?
Pristella Tetras are generally peaceful when kept in small schools of not less than six. However, they tend to get skittish in the presence of large tank mates.
How often do Pristella Tetras lay eggs?
Since it is challenging to breed the Pristella Tetra in captivity, it is difficult to tell their breeding frequency. In the wild, however, a mature adult pair often starts spawning every two weeks.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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