Gold Brass Tetra (Hemigrammus rodwayi)
The Gold or Brass Tetra is widespread throughout South America, and is found in a variety of habitat types in the wild, usually in large schools. In the aquarium, they are hardy and adaptable, making a great and vividly colored community fish. Their metallic gold pigmentation is actually caused by a harmless parasite that they are exposed to in the wild, which means that tank or pond raised specimens are usually dull in appearance and lack their namesake gold coloration. Like most small schooling tetras, Gold Tetras are best kept in groups of 10 or more, and will usually school with other similarly sized tetras. Our fish are wild collected, colorful, and carefully acclimated – a great addition to planted or nano aquariums.