Marbled Hatchetfish (Carnegiella strigata strigata)

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Marbled Hatchetfish

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Marbled Hatchetfish

Carnegiella strigata strigata

57 Litres (15 US G.)

3.8-5.1cm (1.5-2 ")




5.0 - 7.5

23.9-28.9°C (75 -84 °F)

5-18 °d

2:3 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

2-5 years



Additional names

Marbled Hatchetfish

Additional scientific names

Carnegiella strigatus, Gasteropelecus strigata, Gasteropelecus fasciata, Gasteropelecus vesca, Carnegiella strigata

Origin[edit | edit source]

South America: Lower, middle and upper Amazon River basin; south of Amazon; and Caqueta River in Colombia.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Only identifiable during spawning when eggs can be seen in the females body.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A peaceful top-dwelling fish that should be in shoals of 6 or more. They should not be kept with boisterous fish and work well in a peaceful community where the other fish are mid-bottom dwelling.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Primarily carnivorous, preferring live/frozen food such as bloodworm and daphnia. May also take floating pellet or flake food.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Needs to be kept in shoals of at least 6. Must have a tight fitting lid with no gaps whatsoever on their tank as they're excellent jumpers.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful entirely top-dwelling fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A very distinctive looking fish. A convex body with "wing" like pectoral fins. The body colour is iridescent silver with black stripes or blotches.

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