Max Size: 4cm

Gold Shoulder Rosy Tetra (Hyphessobrycon paepkei)

Gold Shoulder Rosy Tetras are a very rare and sort after tetra for the keen hobbyist. These Tetras are peaceful, relatively hardy and undemanding and will acclimate to various water conditions. However, very hard water may prevent these fish from reaching their full potential in colour.

Like many other Tetras, planted aquariums with a darker substrate or subdued areas will provide the best environment for your fish and result in more vibrant colours and much-improved health. However, it may be beneficial to know that even though these fish are peaceful, Gold Shoulder Rosy Tetras may nip at very long-finned species such as Fancy Guppies or Bettas, especially if you keep them in inadequate numbers.

In order to maintain Gold Shoulder Rosy Tetras effectively, you should keep them in groups of six to eight individuals. A shoal of fish that are of the same species will perform better, look more natural, and make your fish feel safer. If you have several rival males in an aquarium, you may also observe some fascinating displays of fin flaring.

Ideal tankmates for your Gold Shoulder Rosy Tetras would be other small and peaceful species such as Corydoras Catfish, Hatchetfish, Rasboras, smaller Loricariidae, small to medium-sized Barbs, Anabantoids and West African Dwarf Cichlids. In addition, because of their shape, you can also keep these Tetras with larger Cichlids such as Angelfish and Discus.

Unfortunately, Rosy Tetras can be easily frightened, so make sure you do not house them with much larger boisterous species.


Gold Shoulder Rosy Tetra
Quick Facts
Scientific NameHyphessobrycon paepkei
Year Described2014
Other NamesNone
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan3 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH5.5 - 7.5
GH1 - 12
75 - 82℉
23.9 - 27.8℃


In the home aquarium, the Gold Shoulder Rosy Tetra will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Sexual Dimorphism

It is effortless to distinguish the male from the female Gold Shoulder Rosy Tetras. Males will develop extended dorsal and anal fins and are usually larger, slimmer and more colourful than females.

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Date Added: 15/09/2021 14:52:26 - Updated: 10/10/2022 14:07:59