The gold tetra (Hemigrammus rodwayi) is a freshwater fish species that is native to the South American Amazon basin, particularly in Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. It is a popular choice for aquarium enthusiasts due to its stunning golden coloration and peaceful nature.
Gold tetras are relatively small, growing up to about 2 inches in length. They have a distinct golden-yellow coloration on their body and fins, with a black band running along their dorsal fin. They also have a small red spot on their tail fin.
In the wild, gold tetras inhabit slow-moving and heavily vegetated streams and rivers. In the aquarium, they require similar conditions with soft, slightly acidic water and plenty of plants to provide cover and hiding places.
Gold tetras are peaceful and can be kept in a community aquarium with other small to medium-sized non-aggressive fish species. They are omnivorous and will readily accept a variety of foods, including flakes, pellets, frozen or live foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and daphnia.