Max Size: 3.5cm

Golden Tetra (Hyphessobrycon moniliger)

Golden Tetras are very beautiful and peaceful fish that are somewhat rare in the aquarium. These Tetras will suit a nano tank or a community aquarium, making them a good choice for aquarists.

These Tetras are a temperate shoaling species, ideal for mature soft water aquariums. It is recommended that you keep Golden Tetras in a group of six or more individuals as this will make the fish feel more secure and result in a far more natural-looking and effective shoal.

Golden Tetra tankmates should also be small and peaceful, as these fish are easily intimidated by more significant or boisterous species. Ideal tankmates could include other similarly sized Characids, small Dwarf Cichlids, Pencilfish Corydoras Catfish, and some smaller Suckermouth Catfish.

Golden Tetras fare better in an established, well-furnished aquarium. For example, a natural-looking arrangement might consist of a soft, sandy substrate with driftwood branches and roots and bogwood placed to form many shady spots. Aquatic plants, including floating plants, should also be added.

Adding dried leaves such as oak or Indian almond would further emphasise the natural feel and allow the growth of beneficial microbe colonies as decomposition occurs.

The Golden Tetras head and the lateral surface of the stomach region are lightly golden. Their eyes are light orange, with the upper one-third being red. The sides of their bodies are yellowish, and their caudal peduncle displays a dark blotch. The pelvic fin and the tip of the anal fin are reddish-orange, the caudal and dorsal fins are whitish-grey, and the other fins are pale orange. However, some individuals have reddish dorsal, caudal and anal fins.


Golden Tetra
Quick Facts
Scientific NameHyphessobrycon moniliger
Other NamesNone
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan3 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 7.0
GH5 - 15
75 - 82℉
23.9 - 27.8℃

Natural Habitat

Araguaia River


In the home aquarium, the Golden 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 pretty straightforward to differentiate between the male and female Golden Tetra. The males are a little larger, have slender bodies and are slightly more vibrantly coloured than the females. The males also have more prominent finnage. In contrast, the females are more robust, have more rounded bodies than the males and are slightly smaller.

Other Tetras of interest

Adonis Tetra(Lepidarchus adonis)
African Moon Tetra(Bathyaethiops caudomaculatus)
African Red Eyed Tetra(Arnoldichthys spilopterus)
Arowana Tetra(Gnathocharax steindachneri)
Black Darter Tetra(Poecilocharax weitzmani)
Black Line Tetra(Hyphessobrycon scholzei)
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Date Added: 21/09/2021 12:59:22 - Updated: 10/08/2022 15:58:56