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Gold Tetra Hemigrammus rodwayi 2cm

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Gold Tetra Hemigrammus rodwayi 2cm

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Gold Tetra Hemigrammus rodwayi


These wild caught tetras from South America have an unusual appearance as if coated in gold dust. The gold pigment is due to the fish's skin reacting to a skin parasite which is present in its natural habitat. (This does not pose a health risk to the tetra or its tankmates.) Interestingly, captive bred Gold Tetras do not develop the gold pigmentation like their wild caught parents. A peaceful community fish, which can grow to 5cm.

Tetras are considered easy to keep in a community aquarium of at least 20L, with a pH of 5.07.0 and KH of 1.02.0. However, they will not tolerate dramatic changes to their environment. The Tetra can live 10 years or more with the proper conditions. They tend to be timid and, because of their small size, should not be kept with large or aggressive fish who may bully or simply eat them.

Fish that mix well in an aquarium are other types of tetras, and other community fish that live well in an ideal Tetra water condition. Mid-level feeders, they are best kept in schools of five to eight or more, for the "shoaling" effect when they move around the tank. They shoal naturally in the wild and are thus happier, more brightly coloured, and more active when kept as a shoal as opposed to singly.

Tetras are best kept in a densely planted tank with subdued light and an ideal temperature of 2024?C to resemble their native Amazon environment. Tetras are omnivores and will accept most flake foods, but should also have some small foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and micro pellet food to supplement their diet.
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Size 3

Customer Reviews 1 item(s)

Excellent : )
Ordered 20 on Sunday. Arrived on Thursday at the airport and decided to go get them myself instead of waiting for Australia Post to deliver them on Friday. All alive and now in my tank swimming around meeting their neon tetra mates. They were mighty hungry though. My neons chilled when they saw the food and swam slowly for it, the gold tetras darted in a feeding frenzy like they were starving! Funny to watch : )

All were around 3cm long except one guy whos only tiny at 2cm (he/she's my favourite already lol). All healthy and happy little fish : )

Excellent job!
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Review by Simon / (Posted on 29/08/2013)