Silver Hatchetfish (Gasteropelecus sternicla)
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76 Litres (20 US G.)
3-4.1cm (1.2-1.6 ")
6.0 - 7.0
23 -27 °C (73.4-80.6°F)
- 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.
Pictures[edit | edit source]
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- Fishbase (Mirrors: )