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I'm not sure if this goes against the "sale policy" so please delete this if it does.

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I'm just wondering which sites are reputable breeders/sellers of fish. I've checked out aquaticarts but they seem to specialize with a handful of species, and there may be some I'd like that they don't have. Any suggestions?
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Hi jcmv4792,

Are there particular species you are looking for?

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Hi jcmv4792,

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"

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Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Water Conditions: 64-82 F, KH 4-8, pH 5.8-8.5
Max. Size: 2"
Color Form: Black, Clear, Pink, Yellow
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Farm Raised - USA
Family: Characidae

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.

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One site that I've only heard bad things from is AZAquatics, aka Arizona aquatic gardens (or at least, I think it was called that). Bad, bad, and more bad reviews left, right, and center. I won't bother to say more, but just google the store name+review, and see for yourself.

Msjinkzd on the other hand, as well as WetSpotTropicalFish, I've had good contact with. When I PM'ed Rachel (MsJinkzd), I got a very quick reply, and she was very helpful in locating a different source for fish that she did not carry. WetSpot also had very good customer service, in that replies were quick, and informational.

Disclaimer: The only site that I've ever ordered fish from has been LiveAquaria with saltwater fish, and that was iffy at best. Good customer service, but I kinda like my fish to live on me instead of dying after a few weeks. The above sites I've looked through, and made my conclusions based off of other people's reviews as well as contact with the sites.

So many fish to keep, not enough aquaria.
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You can try Imperial Tropicals store. I bought 25 neon tetras there, and they sent me around 28. All are still healthy and growing in my tank right now.
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Can't you just have your lfs special order fish

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What city are you in? LFS is cheaper and less risky than buying online.
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Cheaper and you get to see things in-person before you buy.

As a picky person myself, that always makes it better when getting plants or critters.


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