What Kind Of Tetra?

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Hi! I got these and the store said they were silver tetras but I can’t find info on line about them.
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Looks like silvertip tetras.
 

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They're not Silvertips. They look like Gold Tetras.
 

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Look like gold tetras too me
 

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Gold tetras, I have five of these little guys (they are neat).
 

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Think they're tankbred gold tetras.
The gold color is caused by a (harmeless) parasite that the tankbred ones lack.
 

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DoubleDutch said:
Think they're tankbred gold tetras.
The gold color is caused by a (harmeless) parasite that the tankbred ones lack.
(Then mine must be wild caught because they are almost completely metallic gold.)
 

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Mcasella said:
(Then mine must be wild caught because they are almost completely metallic gold.)
You're right ! Only saw the second pic at my mobile. They looked silvery.
 
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Thank you all. Very helpful!!
 

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Do you want to know more?
 
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I would advise caution. There is a possibility of fin-nipping. Either avoid this combination or have a Plan B in case it doesn't work out.

Are your fish gold or silver in colour?

I found my previous post on these;


Gold colouration in Gold Tetra Hemmigrammus rodwayi and similar species.

I understand that the gold on these tetras which I find stunningly beautiful is known to be an anti-parasite layer in the skin produced in reaction to contact with parasitic flukes.

It has the colour of Guanin, an alloy of copper, silver and gold.

Unless exposed to the parasitic flukes captive bred fish do not develop the shimmering gold colour and remain silver.

These flukes, known as Trematodes, require several hosts to complete their life cycle so are unlikely to be encountered in aquaria.
 
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They’re silver but they’re young, only an inch at most. Not sure if that makes a difference. I have 14 in a 10 gallon tank. I asked the aquarium store what fish I could use to keep the tank cycled and that’s what he gave me. I feel stupid for listening because I now know they will grow to a little over 2 inches and I can’t taken them back so I got yet another tank.

I have 3 bettas and one is too aggressive and will forever be alone. One is just really chill but I’m very hesitant to put him at risk because he’s my favorite. The other one is a dumbo betta and a wimp. He actually likes other fish but he got beat up my neon tetras so he needs someone who won’t pick on him.
 

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If they're silver, they won't get the gold color.
 
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DoubleDutch said:
If they're silver, they won't get the gold color.
They’re in a 15 gallon now with an aqua clear 30 filter and 2 got sucked up and I found them swimming at the bottom unharmed. I now have a make shift preflter around the intake tube to prevent that from happening again until they’re bigger or I move them. Do you think I could keep them in a 45 when they’re bigger with an aqua clear 70 without using a pre-filter?
 
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