Comments: These are fabulous fish with a unique shape and a beautiful metallic sheen.
Origin: These Hatchetfish were caught by skillful collectors in the Amazon Rainforest, and now they live in aquariums all over the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums, these Hatchetfish can grow to be about 1.25" long.
Behaviors: Hatchetfish are usually not aggresive fish.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include Neon Tetras, Cardinal Tetras, Glowlight Tetras, Ember Tetras, Rummynose Tetras, Pencilfish, Dwarf Cichlids, and Corydoras Dwarf Catfish.
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Temperature: Hatchetfish live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal.
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Feeding: Floating Foods like a combination of Premium Fish Food Flakes and Freeze Dried Bloodworms are the best food these fish.
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Water Conditions: this Hatchetfish lives in so-called black-waters across a wide region in the Amazon Rainforests.
So they do best in water with a low to moderate pH and low to moderate hardnesss.
Most water in the US has a higher pH and is harder. So it's usually best to dilute your local tap water with RO-Water. This is not a good fish for beginning aquarists.
Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water.
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Aquarium Size: Hatchetfish can do well in a 20-gallon tank, but of course bigger is better.
Decor: Hatchetfish do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality. Hatchetfish need both rooted and floating plants.
Also non-toxic aquarium-safe driftwood seems to improve the quality of the water for Hatchetfish
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. The Penguin 100B Filters will do well for this species in a 20-30 gallon tank. Hatchets prefer still water.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: Hatchetfish can live for about 5-years. Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they may live even longer.
Gender: It is very difficult to determine the sex of these fish, but when mature you can sometimes see that the female is plumper when viewing the female from above.
Breeding: We've not heard of any success breeding this fish.
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Popularity: These fish are popular fish in the aquarium hobby.
Names: The scientific name for Hatchetfish is Carnegiella strigata.
Variations: This fish occurs across a wide region in the Amazon Rainforests, where there are several variations in their patterns and shapes.
These variations are now called subspecies but may in fact be different species.
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