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The Golden Tetra Hemigrammus rodwayi is a pretty little characin. Its gold appearance is due to a specialized layer on its skin that defends it against a trematode parasite. This fish is more prone to disease, especially skin parasites, than many tetras. The gold color comes from ‘guanin,’ which is secreted by its skin to protect it against these parasites. This makes it look like it has been covered with gold dust, thus its name. It is also known as the Gold Tetra and Brass Tetra.
These tetras are fairly hardy. Some authors feel they are a more difficult fish to keep, but we have not had any unusual problems. They are not as commonly available as other more popular and colorful tetras, such as the Neon Tetra, but if you can find them, they make a nice addition to the community tank.
This peaceful schooling fish can be kept in groups of 6 or more in a 15 to 20 gallon aquarium. Woodwork and floating plants to dim the light will help make them feel comfortable. They don’t actually need plants as an interior decor, but the aquarium can be planted around the sides and back to keep plenty of open water for swimming in the front. Twisted roots or driftwood decor that provides a few hiding places will be appreciated.
The Gold Tetras are considered a bit more difficult to breed than other characins. For some unknown reason, offspring tend to lose their gold coloring. They also may not be gold colored in pet stores. This may be because the gold color is not natural but rather a pathological condition.
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