Originally Posted by Seattle_Aquarist
Are there particular species you are looking for?
Not particular species, but I am on the search for schooling/shoaling fish that live in slightly alkaline and harder water parameters(slightly below ph of 8, kh 7, gh 10). They need to be peaceful(I plan to have lots of dwarf shrimp running around).
Right now all the ones I am looking at have a maximum recommended ph of 7.5(usually lower) and need soft water.(neon, cardinal tetra, chili and kubotai rasbora, rummynose)
Just wondering, but would a planted tank lower ph and hardness? Or would it be the same? I am basing my readings off of my cycled non-planted 20 gallon(and my currently cycling 55 gallon)...however I am preparing my 55 gallon to be a planted tank. It seems to keep the ph lower, I would have go through a lot of maintenance(involving ro water, peat, chemicals..etc)
Bump: I just did a google search and one fish that caught my eye was the "X-Ray Pristella Tetra"
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Water Conditions: 64-82° F, KH 4-8, pH 5.8-8.5
Max. Size: 2"
Color Form: Black, Clear, Pink, Yellow
Origin: Farm Raised - USA
The X-Ray Pristella Tetra is an unusual member of the Characidae Family that has a near transparent body. This novel characteristic gives this tetra the appearance of a living x-ray photograph. However, unlike true clear or glass-like fish, the X-Ray Pristella Tetra has a captivating color pattern that adds another dimension of interest. The dorsal and anal fins have stylish bands of yellow, black, and white. In addition to these bands, the caudal fin has a beautiful pale red or pink coloration that offers yet another unexpected surprise to this seemingly transparent fish.
In the wild, the X-Ray Pristella Tetra is found in coastal rivers of South America of varying water chemistry. This natural tolerance to a wide range of water parameters makes the X-Ray Pristella Tetra well suited for the community aquarium. Unlike sensitive tetra species that need to be kept in soft water conditions, the hardy X-Ray Pristella Tetra is an excellent choice for new aquarists. Furthermore, the X-Ray Pristella Tetra is very peaceful and is compatible with other non-aggressive fish.
The ideal aquarium setup for the X-Ray Pristella Tetra will include live plants, rocks and driftwood to recreate natural habitat and provide hiding spaces. The X-Ray Pristella Tetra is a schooling fish and should be ideally kept in groups of six or more. Similar to other tetra species, the male X-Ray Pristella Tetra will tend to be smaller and thinner than the female.
The natural diet of the X-Ray Pristella Tetra consists primarily of small insects and planktonic animals. However, it will accept frozen or freeze-dried brine shrimp, daphnia, bloodworms tubifex, as well as micro pellet food and high quality flake foods.