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Gold Tetras are an excellent choice for a planted aquarium as they are peaceful and provide a beautiful contrast with their shimmering gold scales. They should be kept in a school of 8-10 with other small, non-aggressive fish and require an established planted aquarium of at least 10 gallons. With proper care, Gold Tetras can live up to 5 years in captivity. Additionally, their peaceful nature makes them an ideal tank mate for a variety of other peaceful fish.
The Gold Tetras are a very easy species to breed, with some basic knowledge and the right setup. Breeding these fish requires an aquarium with shallow, warm, acidic, soft water, and broad-leaved plants to provide a safe spawning ground. It is also important to note that the males have hooklets and white edged fins, while the females are smaller and easier to identify. After spawning, it is best to remove the parents and keep the aquarium dark until the eggs hatch. With a little patience, the fry will emerge within 24 hours and can be fed on infusoria. With the right setup, breeding Gold Tetras can be a rewarding experience.
Gold Tetras are omnivorous fish that can thrive on a diet of prepared flake food, as well as freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex.