Transparent but Stunning: The X-Ray Tetra in Your Aquarium

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The X-Ray Tetra, also known as the Pristella maxillaris, is a small species of freshwater fish that is native to the Amazon River in South America. This fish is known for its translucent body, which gives it its unique name.

Origins: The X-Ray Tetra is native to South America, specifically in Venezuela, Guyana, and the lower Amazon in Brazil.

Size: This fish typically grows to be about 1 3/4 inches (4.5 cm) in length.

Diet: X-Ray Tetras are not picky eaters and will eat a variety of prepared foods and live foods.

Water: These fish prefer water that is between 73-82°F (23-28°C) and is soft (50-100 mg/l) and acidic to neutral (pH 6.0-7.0).

Temperament: X-Ray Tetras are non-aggressive fish and make great additions to community aquariums.

Appearance: The X-Ray Tetra is known for its translucent body and golden, red, white, and black coloration, which gives it its alternate name of Water Goldfinch. They can be sexed based on the shape of their swim bladder, which is more pointed in males.

Color enhancement: The coloration of X-Ray Tetras can be emphasized when kept in an aquarium with a dark base and subdued lighting.

Weberian apparatus: The Weberian apparatus (the bony structure) in the X-Ray Tetra’s body works by transmitting sound waves through their vertebrate. They have been received by the swim bladder and are then taken to the inner ear, meaning that the X-Ray Tetra has excellent hearing.

Group Size: X-Ray Tetras are schooling fish and should be kept in groups of at least six.

Lifespan: X-Ray Tetras have a lifespan of about 4 to 5 years, or even longer.

Peaceful nature: X-Ray Tetras have a peaceful nature and enjoy exploring their environment. They pair well with numerous other species in a community aquarium.

Translucency: The transparency of X-Ray Tetra’s skin is thought to be a form of protection as it makes it harder for predators to spot them amongst dense vegetation and shimmering water.

People also ask about X-ray Tetras:

  1. What do X-ray Tetras do? X-ray Tetras are active and peaceful fish that enjoy exploring their environment. They are also known for their excellent hearing due to the Weberian apparatus in their body.
  2. How many X-ray Tetras should be kept together? X-ray Tetras are schooling fish and should be kept in groups of at least six. Keeping them in larger groups will help them feel more secure and reduce their skittishness.
  3. How big do X-ray Tetras get? X-ray Tetras typically grow to be about 1 3/4 inches (4.5 cm) in length and have a lifespan of about 4 to 5 years.
  4. Are X-ray Tetras peaceful? X-ray Tetras are known for their peaceful nature and are a great addition to community aquariums. They are comfortable in groups of at least six and enjoy exploring their environment.
  5. Why are X-ray Tetras translucent? The transparency of X-ray Tetras is thought to be a form of protection as it makes it harder for predators to spot them amongst dense vegetation and shimmering water in the wild.
  6. How can I enhance the color of X-ray Tetras? X-ray Tetras’ color can be emphasized when they are kept in an aquarium with a dark base and subdued lighting.
  7. What should I feed X-ray Tetras? X-ray Tetras are not picky eaters and will eat a variety of prepared foods and live foods.
  8. Can I breed X-ray Tetras? Yes, X-ray Tetras can be successfully bred in captivity, but it requires a specific set of conditions and proper care.
  9. Are X-ray Tetras compatible with other fish species? X-ray Tetras are generally compatible with other peaceful fish species and make a great addition to community aquariums.
  10. What are the ideal water conditions for X-ray Tetras? X-ray Tetras prefer water that is between 73-82°F (23-28°C), soft (50-100 mg/l) and acidic to neutral (pH 6.0-7.0).

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