White Skirt Tetra is neutral colored fish which are easy to breed. They are visually striking but some pet stores color them with artificial dye. They might cause health issues in the fish. The beginner’s guide will give overall information about this glamourous white skirt tetra fish. 

White Skirt Tetra Fish – Overview

Common NameWhite Skirt Tetra is commonly called petticoat tetra and gold skirt tetra.
Scientific NameScientifically this fish is called Gymnocorymbus ternetzi.
Habitat or OriginThey have their origin in Rio Paraguay, Bolivia, and Rio Guapore in South America. They prefer slow-moving water.
Average SizeThey can grow up to 6 cm that is 2 inches. They can get a little larger sometimes.
ColorationThe white skirt tetra is no pigmentation fish. That is their color is neutral. Some pet stores dye them and make them appear colorful. They cause health issues in the fishes and the dye also fades away sooner in the tank.
Life SpanThese fishes can live up to 5 years. But they can live longer up to 7 years if taken proper care of.
DietThese fishes can be fed with live, frozen, and fresh food. Flakes and pellets can be given. In live food, any type of worm can be fed. Frozen food can also be given. Vegetables like spirulina can also be fed.
Gender IdentificationFemales are larger than males. Females are also rounder in shape than males. The males have a broader anal fin and dorsal fin which are narrower and pointed.
BehaviorThe fish lives in the middle of the tank. They need their space to swim through the tank. Otherwise, they might nip the fins of the other fishes.
CompatibilityThe fish can live with a community peacefully. They can be with betas, angelfish, silver mollies, dwarf gouramis, pleco, guppies, danios, rasboras, corydoras, and dwarf cichlids.
Ideal Tank ConditionsTo have 5 or more fishes, the tank size should be 20 gallons. In the case of smaller tanks, they will fin nip other fishes. The tank should also have driftwoods, rocks, and large plants for them to hide. The lighting should be subdued lighting and gravel or river sand substrate which is neutral in color can be used.
Water ParametersThe temperature could range from 70 to 90 degrees F. The pH can range from 5.8 – 8.5.
BreedingBreeding is easy with white skirt tetras. The male claims a territory and guards that place during spawning. They lay eggs in plants that have fine leaves. Once the eggs have been laid, the parent fishes should be removed from the breeding tank.
The eggs will hatch in a day. The baby fish or the fry can be fed with egg yolk, flake food which is finely grounded, and freshly hatched brine shrimp.
Common DiseasesIch is a common disease. They are seen as white spots on the body of the fish. Apart from this, in the color fish when the dye fades away they might be susceptible to disease.
Approximate CostThey can cost approximately $3 to $5. When they are brought in groups, they might cost a little less.
What to look when buyingWhite skirt tetras are neutral in color. But they are dyed in blue or pink in color. It is better to buy neutral colored fish. The dyed fishes may have health issues.
Species in the MarketWhite skirt tetras are the same species with a color variation of black widow tetra.

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