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The Goldskirt Tetra, which is also known as the Whiteskirt or White
Tetra are a fairly common fish that are very difficult to track down
information on. It's my best guess that they are simply a variation
of the Blackskirt Tetra and thus have the same distribution, behaviors,
and required water conditions.
Listed tank sizes are the minimum
||About 2 inches (6.0 cm)
||Bottom, top, and middle
||Huge range from 5.8 to 8.5
||Soft to hard
||68°F to 79°F (20-26°C)
||Omnivorous (will take anything from flakes to live
Gold Skirt Tetra
Southern Brazil, in the Rio Negro and Rio Paraguay.
General Body Form:
Tall and highly compressed they are noted for their curved anal fin
which is quite long. It is almost as long as the entire rear half of
the body. In the Goldskirts there are no easily identifiable sexual
differences. The female Blackskirt is bigger and more robust than the
Although their natural colour is a very becoming pearly white these
Tetra's are often sold as a coloured fish. The common names for these
coloured fish reflect the dye colour, Blue fish are called Blueberry
tetra's, Purple fish are Grape tetra's, Orange/Yellow fish are Mandarin
or Tangerine tetra's, etc. The dye process is not nearly as stressful
as the process undergone by painted Glassfish and instead of lasting
only a couple months can last for up to a year. (I currently have two
of the coloured tetra's, a Blueberry and a Strawberry).
Goldskirts are a wonderful fish for beginners and are also a great choice
for pretty much any habitat. They are a small fish who are not all that
finicky about their water conditions and will live in water with a pH
of anywhere between 5.8 and 8.5 (mine are kept at a neutral pH of 7).
As long as you keep up with regular water changes (I currently change
about 25% every three weeks) they'll live a long and happy life. These
tetras, unlike most, can be a bit aggressive. They are an active fish
and prefer to be in groups of three or more. They are wonderful in a
species tank but also do well in a community tank of other similarly
sized and larger fish.
Shaded calm water of the Rio Negro and Rio Paraguay watersheds.
The Goldskirt Tetra is difficult to breed in only that it is next to
impossible to tell the differences between the sexes. They are an egg
layer and have no special requirements. If breeding is your goal with
these pretty little fish I'd recommend purchasing a community of at
least six and just hoping for the best.
Goldskirts are, in my opinion, one of the fish that should be on everyone's
must have list. They are enjoyable to watch, and easy to care for. Whether
you want a couple fish in a small four gallon tank in your dorm room,
or your looking for your next addition to your 180 gallon community
tank, you should definitely take a closer look at the beautiful Goldskirt