Monthly Archives: July 2010

Fish: X Ray Fish, or Prestilla Tetra

I’ve noticed a growing trend in the aquarium hobby. Many people are looking for the mysterious “X Ray Fish”. This fish is known for its pleasant demeanor, hardiness, and most of all, its weird appearance! The xray fish is known by many names.

People call this fish…

  • Prestilla Tetra
  • Goldfinch Tetra
  • Prestilla maxillaris
  • Xray Tetra
  • Signal Tetra

They are all the same fish!

This fish is called the xray fish because you can see through its skin! You can see the organs and skeletal system of this adorable little fish and because of that, people love it!

It is a wonderful starter fish. I highly suggest the xray fish. This fish prefers the following conditions in your tank:

  • PH of 6-8
  • A few buddies to school with (these are schooling fish)
  • Eats most types of foods with no problem
  • Should be kept with other community fish, it is non-aggressive!

If you’re interested, Foster and Smith carry these fish: Prestilla Tetra

For more information about starter fish and aquarium setup Click Here! This guide has everything you need to start up a beautiful tank.

How To Remove Aquarium Algae

Got green slime growing on your tank walls? Does it look more like an algae tank than a fish tank??

That unsightly green stuff is called green algae. Green algae is a plant that grows in high aquarium lighting conditions. While it is often unattractive, it’s not harmful for your tank. If its not bothering you, leave it be. It produces oxygen in the water and this helps your fish breathe!

If it is bothering you, you can buy an algae scraper at your local pet retailer and remove it that way. If you have a  glass tank I suggest using a single razor blade. It will slice the algae right off the glass without marking it up.

To get rid of algae all together I suggest you lower the amount of light in your tank. The algae can’t grow without good lighting. Try turning your aquarium lights of a couple hours early everyday. You’ll notice the difference!

For more information about starter fish and aquarium setup Click Here! This guide has everything you need to start up a beautiful tank.