Gold Tetra – Hemigrammus rodwayi

Gold Tetra - Hemigrammus rodwayi

  • pH: 5.5-7
  • gH: 1-12 dGh
  • Temperature: 24-28C
  • Maximum Size: 5cm
  • Minimum Tank Size: 60 litres, 60x30x30cm


Hemigrammus rodwayi is a pretty tetra native to South America where it inhabits slow moving rivers, streams and lakes.


This small tetra is very peaceful and should be kept with small, peaceful tankmates such as corydoras, apistogrammas, gold or blue rams, other peaceful tetras, pencilfish or small loricariids.

Housing and Feeding

The gold tetra will feel most at home in either a blackwater set up with tannin-stained water, bogwood, rocks and lots of leaf litter or in a heavily planted tank. Bare, brightly lit tanks should be avoided.

Gold tetras will accept most foods and are easy to feed.


Breeding is similar to many other tetras; the fish are egg scatterers and the eggs are sensitive to light so successful breeding in a community tank is unlikely and a dedicated set up would be needed.


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