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  1. #1

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    Question Pristella tetras


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    I have 4 lovely albino (golden) pristella tetras that were added this past Saturday (will be adding 4 more in 2 weeks). They are all active and appear comfortable in my 75 gal, not schooling tightly but roaming all over the tank, interacting with my other fish (7 neon dwarf rainbows and 5 scissortail rasboras).

    When I feed, they stay at the bottom or mid tank, seeming to look for the food there. Is this species more comfortable eating sinking food vs food that floats at the top? I am concerned that they haven't eaten, except for the little bit that sinks. I feed Omega One color flakes and freeze dried daphnia every other day.

    Water parameters are 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 10 nitrates, pH 7.4, temp 77.0.

    Opinions please.
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - 10 Gold Pristella Tetras, 4 Scissortail Rasboras, 9 Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, 5 Longfin Zebra Danios and 2 Regular Fin
    My Dual 29 gals, a work in progress - Tank 1 - Amano Shrimp, RCS, Peppered Cories, Tank 2 - Glowlight Danios and a Calico BNP

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    As you increase your school they will be less skittish. IME they don't rush to the top like some tetras but wait till it sinks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steeler1 View Post
    As you increase your school they will be less skittish. IME they don't rush to the top like some tetras but wait till it sinks.
    Is there a particular sinking food that you recommend?
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - 10 Gold Pristella Tetras, 4 Scissortail Rasboras, 9 Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, 5 Longfin Zebra Danios and 2 Regular Fin
    My Dual 29 gals, a work in progress - Tank 1 - Amano Shrimp, RCS, Peppered Cories, Tank 2 - Glowlight Danios and a Calico BNP

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain"

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    Hikari Micro Pellets or New Life Spectrum Small Fish Formula. Pristellas are not fussy eaters in my experience.
    When in doubt, do a water change.

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    For the safe arrival of Judi's Discus!! - steeler1 Thanks for all your help - JoeH Merry Christmas! - steeler1 Merry Christmas! - fishmommie Merry Christmas! - ~firefly~ 
    Merry Christmas - Cliff Happy Holidays! - Rue Merry Xmas! - Sandz Merry Xmas You Filthy Animal!! - Hardy85 Congratulations, on MOTM!! - steeler1 
    Merry Christmas! - Slaphppy7 Happy New Year - jeffs99dime Thank you for the birthday wishes. - mommy1 just because. - 1Sarah Happy Drink Like a Viking Friday! - KevinVA 
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurus View Post
    Hikari Micro Pellets or New Life Spectrum Small Fish Formula. Pristellas are not fussy eaters in my experience.
    Thank you I will check those out.
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - 10 Gold Pristella Tetras, 4 Scissortail Rasboras, 9 Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, 5 Longfin Zebra Danios and 2 Regular Fin
    My Dual 29 gals, a work in progress - Tank 1 - Amano Shrimp, RCS, Peppered Cories, Tank 2 - Glowlight Danios and a Calico BNP

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain"

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    A toast to your next year! - imma24 Happy Anniversary. - Strider199 <3 - Sandz To Discus Days!!! - JudiJetson For being the 1500th poster to my thread!..thanks! - Slaphppy7 
    For the safe arrival of Judi's Discus!! - steeler1 Thanks for all your help - JoeH Merry Christmas! - steeler1 Merry Christmas! - fishmommie Merry Christmas! - ~firefly~ 
    Merry Christmas - Cliff Happy Holidays! - Rue Merry Xmas! - Sandz Merry Xmas You Filthy Animal!! - Hardy85 Congratulations, on MOTM!! - steeler1 
    Merry Christmas! - Slaphppy7 Happy New Year - jeffs99dime Thank you for the birthday wishes. - mommy1 just because. - 1Sarah Happy Drink Like a Viking Friday! - KevinVA 
    Cesarean Sections - Headaches - Hospice Care - Multiple Myeloma - gronlaura 

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    got the NLS small fish pellets. unfortunately they don't sink quickly enough for the Tetras to get them. I kind of throw them down so they will sink, but they don't make it to the tetras. 1 of the 4 is very shy and does not come out to eat. he does come out to swim and school but he hides when its feeding time.

    I wasn't going to add more Tetras to the school for another week. should I add more now so they are more comfortable?

    is there a sinking wafer that I could use that they could nibble on?
    Last edited by gronlaura; 02-02-2013 at 02:17 PM.
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - 10 Gold Pristella Tetras, 4 Scissortail Rasboras, 9 Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, 5 Longfin Zebra Danios and 2 Regular Fin
    My Dual 29 gals, a work in progress - Tank 1 - Amano Shrimp, RCS, Peppered Cories, Tank 2 - Glowlight Danios and a Calico BNP

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain"

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    Soak the pellets in a cup of tank water first. Then dump the water and pellets in the tank all at once. Don't worry, the Pristellas will get their share.

    You could also try dropping in a Hikari bottom feeder tablet to see if they will nibble on that. It's the same table that I use to feed my cory cats.

    And yes, I would add more Pristella tetras because the larger the group, the more comfortable they will be.
    When in doubt, do a water change.

    "This ain't rocket science!"

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    A toast to your next year! - imma24 Happy Anniversary. - Strider199 <3 - Sandz To Discus Days!!! - JudiJetson For being the 1500th poster to my thread!..thanks! - Slaphppy7 
    For the safe arrival of Judi's Discus!! - steeler1 Thanks for all your help - JoeH Merry Christmas! - steeler1 Merry Christmas! - fishmommie Merry Christmas! - ~firefly~ 
    Merry Christmas - Cliff Happy Holidays! - Rue Merry Xmas! - Sandz Merry Xmas You Filthy Animal!! - Hardy85 Congratulations, on MOTM!! - steeler1 
    Merry Christmas! - Slaphppy7 Happy New Year - jeffs99dime Thank you for the birthday wishes. - mommy1 just because. - 1Sarah Happy Drink Like a Viking Friday! - KevinVA 
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurus View Post
    Soak the pellets in a cup of tank water first. Then dump the water and pellets in the tank all at once. Don't worry, the Pristellas will get their share.

    You could also try dropping in a Hikari bottom feeder tablet to see if they will nibble on that. It's the same table that I use to feed my cory cats.

    And yes, I would add more Pristella tetras because the larger the group, the more comfortable they will be.
    That technique worked! I think it will take a few feedings for them to get the hang of it, but they did find the NLS pellets as they sunk. Also, will be completing the tetra school (to 10 fish) with the addition of 6 more this coming Saturday. They are really interesting to watch - they school, separate & roam around the tank, then quickly come together to school again. Very cool fish.
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - 10 Gold Pristella Tetras, 4 Scissortail Rasboras, 9 Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, 5 Longfin Zebra Danios and 2 Regular Fin
    My Dual 29 gals, a work in progress - Tank 1 - Amano Shrimp, RCS, Peppered Cories, Tank 2 - Glowlight Danios and a Calico BNP

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain"

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    Glad it worked out.
    When in doubt, do a water change.

    "This ain't rocket science!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gronlaura View Post
    That technique worked! I think it will take a few feedings for them to get the hang of it, but they did find the NLS pellets as they sunk. Also, will be completing the tetra school (to 10 fish) with the addition of 6 more this coming Saturday. They are really interesting to watch - they school, separate & roam around the tank, then quickly come together to school again. Very cool fish.
    Pristella's are IMO a very underated and undemanding fish. All three color's look good but I still prefer the original wild look.

    Enjoy them and you could boost them up to 15 in a tank your size if you chose to.
    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
    Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
    -Vince Lombardi

    Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ― John Wooden
    Sandy Hook Elementary......Lest We Forget

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