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Gold tetra - Hemigrammus rodwayi

Gold tetra - Hemigrammus rodwayi

Scientific name: Hemigrammus rodwayi

Common name: Gold tetra

Family: Characidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 6 cm (1.57 - 2.36 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 15°N (71.43 - 267.86ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 25 - 28 °C (77 - 82.4°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

To get the best colours from these fish, supply Gold tetras with plenty of live or frozen foods. Use quality flake as the staple diet but give them plenty of treats including white worms and brine shrimp.


South America; Gold tetras are found in the Amazonian Basins.


Males will be more colourful than the females and have a white tint on the front of the anal fin. The females will be plumper than the males but their bellies do not swell up with eggs as much as they do with other tetras.


Hemigrammus rodwayi can be a little harder to breed than other tetras but it is definitely possible. Supply them with a tank that contains soft, acidic water and add some fine leaved plants. The eggs will be scattered around the tank and should hatch after 5 days. The fry will be very small, only feed them on Infusoria for the first few days and as they grow you can feed them with newly hatched brine shrimp.


The expected lifespan for Hemigrammus rodwayi is 3 years.

Short description

Gold Tetra is a very peaceful species that will shoal well together. Always keep them in small groups and provide plants in the tank set up.


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