Max Size: 10cm

Golden Mascara Tetra (Cyphocharax multilineatus)

Golden Mascara Tetras are good-looking fish and very hardy. However, it may be good to be handy to know that although these fish are said to be peaceful and non-territorial, they may occasionally show some aggression towards other species.

You can keep Golden Mascara Tetras in either a pair or in groups. The most important thing for you to remember is that these fish are relatively large for a Tetra and will need plenty of space to swim in.

Golden Mascara Tetras will thrive in an aquarium with plenty of vegetation such as aquatic plants, marsh plants and driftwood roots and branches. Adding dried leaf litter will further accentuate the natural feel of the wild as tannins are released, giving you that blackwater effect.

Golden Mascara Tetras have a greyish body with a greenish tint that gets darker on the dorsal portion of the body and the head. Moreover, the caudal peduncle of these Tetras is rounded with a dark blotch. In addition, the dorsal and lateral surfaces of the body and their abdominal region display a pattern of horizontal stripes formed by prominent dark spots over the centre of the scales.

The lower surface of the head is a silvery-white colour, and this Tetra also has a relatively broad longitudinal dark stripe running from their snout to the rear portion of the eye.


Golden Mascara Tetra
Golden Mascara Tetra
Golden Mascara Tetras
Quick Facts
Scientific NameCyphocharax multilineatus
Year Described1927
Other NamesStriped Characin, Golden Curimata
OriginsBrazil, Venezuela
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
Best kept asPairs
Lifespan5 - 8 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH5.5 - 7.5
GH8 - 20
72 - 80℉
22.2 - 26.7℃


In the home aquarium, the Golden Mascara 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 very challenging to differentiate between male and female Golden Mascara Tetras as they are very similar in appearance. However, the females will appear rounder in the body when they are full of eggs.

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Date Added: 06/01/2022 13:10:53 - Updated: 10/10/2022 14:12:53