Silver Hatchetfish (Gasteropelecus sternicla)

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Silver Hatchetfish

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Silver Hatchetfish

Gasteropelecus sternicla

76 Litres (20 US G.)

3-4.1cm (1.2-1.6 ")




6.0 - 7.0

23 -27 °C (73.4-80.6°F)

10-15 °d

1:3 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



Additional names

Silver Hatchetfish, River Hatchetfish, Common Hatchetfish, Black-Lined Hatchetfish

Additional scientific names

Clupea sternicla, Gasteropelecus argenteus, Gasteropelecus coronatus

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Difficult to visually sex, the female will become more broad in the belly when she is holding eggs.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

This is a peaceful shoaling fish and should be kept in groups of 5-6 or more. Best kept with other mid-bottom dwellers, as long as they're not fin nippers or bullies.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Should accept most meaty foods, is primarily an insectivore. Feed things like brine shrimp, mosquito larvae and bloodworm. Should also accept floating pellet foods.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Must be kept in a spacious tank with a very secure lid as these fish are known to jump.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An entirely-top dwelling peaceful fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A typical Hatchetfish shape with a very deep triangular body and wing-like pectoral fins. The body is silver in colour and may have some faint dark spots. There is a slender black line from the caudal peduncle to mid-way along the body to the pectoral fins. The bottom of the belly to the caudal should also be edged in black.

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