Spotted Hatchetfish (Gasteropelecus maculatus)
The Spotted Hatchetfish is a fascinating freshwater fish known for its unique hatchet-shaped body and distinctive spotted pattern. They display a silvery base color with irregular black spots scattered across their body, creating an eye-catching appearance.
These peaceful fish are best kept in a school of at least 6-8 individuals, as they feel safer and more secure in a group. Spotted Hatchetfish grow up to 2.5 inches in size. They can be housed with other gentle, slow-moving fish such as small Tetras, Corydoras, and Dwarf Gouramis. They are top-dwelling fish that require a well-planted tank with floating plants, dim lighting, and a gentle water flow.
Spotted Hatchetfish are omnivorous and need a varied diet consisting of small insects, flakes, floating micro-pellets, and freeze-dried or frozen foods like brine shrimp and daphnia. Feeding them a balanced, high-quality diet will ensure their health and maintain their vibrant colors.
The Spotted Hatchetfish prefers a densely planted tank with plenty of hiding places and subdued lighting. Floating plants will help create a natural environment and provide them with a sense of security.
To create a comfortable environment for Spotted Hatchetfish, use a minimum 20-gallon tank, while an ideal community aquarium should be at least 30 gallons. Maintain the water parameters with a pH of 6.0-7.5, hardness between 4-15 dGH, and a temperature range of 75-82°F (24-28°C).
Make sure the tank cover is very tightly fitting, as it is capable of clearing several meters in a single jump.
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