Care Level: Easy
Live Plant Safe: Yes
General Description: The Gold Tetra is found throughout many floodplains and tributaries of French Guiana, Peru, and Brazil, with some individuals even in mildly brackish conditions. Most Gold tetra available within the aquarium trade are captive or commerically produced, and slightly differ in appearance from their wild counterparts. Wild Gold tetra are stunning, with the standard metallic-gold appearance in which their name comes from. The cause for this coloration, however, was found out to be a response to a type of trematode parasite, causing the fish to deposit guanin in their skin. Because captive bred specimens are not in contact with this parasite, their coloration and metallic appearance are subdued. These tetra are natural shoaling fish, thriving best with at least 8 individuals but more are encouraged. An adult Gold tetra can reach a size of approximately 2″.
Diet Requirements: In the wild Gold tetra are omnivores. Offer a diet made up of various high quality vegetable based and protein based flake foods, sinking micro pellet foods and bug bites are ideal, in addition to offering frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp and daphnia. Variety is the spice of life in order to maintain color, immune function and longevity of your fish.
Care Requirements: A minimum 5 gallon aquarium is ideal for a small group of Gold tetra. Gold tetra should be added into a biologically established aquarium. Aquascaping the aquarium with live plants, driftwood and other natural-looking arrangements will bring out the beauty of this fish and provide them with security. Given their peaceful temperament, Gold tetra cannot compete with overly boisterous species and will thrive best in an environment with like tank mates. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 4-8, pH 6.0-7.5.
Purchase Size: Medium: 3/4”
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.