Golden Tetra (Hemigrammus Rodwayi)

Golden Tetra (Hemigrammus Rodwayi)

Golden Tetra (Hemigrammus Rodwayi)

Golden Tetra (Hemigrammus Rodwayi)

Golden Tetra (Hemigrammus Rodwayi) I had to laugh when I was researching this article. One of the websites I was browsing mentioned at the Golden Tetra is very peaceful and interacts well with tankmates.That was not my experience at all. I kept this little tetra about 12 years ago and afterwards, I did not buy any other tetras for many years. It was possibly the nippiest tetra I have ever kept. Of course, it was my fault, not the fish’s. I got them when I bought a school of Silvertip Tetras. There were two of another species of tetra in the silvertip’s display tank in the store and the shopkeeper he would give them to me for free if I wanted them. They were 2 golden Tetras, at the time known as Brass Tetras. I agreed thinking that they would school with the Silvertips as they were the same size and had generally the same body shape. I was wrong. They two fish stayed on their own and the only time they interacted with the other tetras was when they rushed into their school, attempting to bite their tails and scattering the school. These fish definitely need to be kept in a school of about 8 to keep them peaceful and happy. If you can do that, buy them. Even though mine were extremely grumpy, they were beautiful, especially in natural sunlight. Their scales flash a beautiful metalic color, not really gold but more of a silver/gold color. It is hard to describe but at times they shimmering scales would catch and hold my attention and I found myself admirinvg them despite my feelings about their personality.
Origin: Brazil to Peru
Size: 5.5cm/ 2inches
Temperature: 24-28°C / 75-82°F
Diet: Eats all foods.
Habitat: Although no plants live in the blackwater rivers these fish are found in, none of the Golden Tetras in fish shops these days have ever been in the wild and they look great in a planted tank. The tank size should be at least 20 gallons/70liters gor a school.
Breeding: Egg scatterers. Keep the breeding tank dark to hatch the eggs

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