Common Name: X-ray tetra,Pristella Tetra
Scientific Name: Pristella maxillaris
Origin: Brazil, Venezuela, Guiana
Max size: 4.5cm
Temp 78-82 F.
Care: Pristella maxillaris are good for beginners. They are extremely hardy and should be kept in groups of at least 4. Peaceful community fish, although they do get a bit skittish around larger tank mates. Do the best in soft water. They have never fin nipped any of my fish, even my female betta.
Feeding: An omnivore - provide a varied diet with live food, frozen food and they should accept flake food. They will eat live plants too.
Breeding: A pair should be separated and fed live foods prior spawning. They will lay hundreds of eggs on plants. Parents should be removed after spawning.
Sex: Females are rounder than males.
Min. Tank size: 10 gallons
Comments These tetras I've had for 3 years and are SO hardy! They adapt to most things and don't ask for much. They are very fast swimmers and hard to catch. Their livespan is between 3-4 years easily.