Above: A fish in the shape of a hatchet? In the picture is a premium quality Platinum Hatchetfish, swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us snapped this picture.
Comments: These are fabulous fish with a beautiful metallic sheen.
Origin: The ancestors of these Hatchetfish came from the Amazon Rainforest, but now they live in aquariums all over the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums, these Hatchetfish can grow to be about 2.75" long.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include, community fish and catfish such as a Pleco.
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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 Flakes and Freeze Dried Blood Worms.
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Water Conditions: Hatchetfish seem to be tolerant of a wide range of water conditions.
Probably a pH of about 7 with moderate hardness is best.
Most water in the US seems to be OK, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water.
Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water.
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. This species loves floating plants.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. The Penguin 200B Filter will do well for a 20-30 gallon tank.
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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.
Breeding: These fish have not been successfully bred in captivity.
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Popularity: These fish are very rather popular fish in the aquarium hobby.
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We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.
All of our fish are Premium Quality Fish from the best suppliers in the world. Our fish have better health, more energy and brighter colors, as you can see in our pictures on this website.
We have 380-aquariums with lots-and-lots of popular aquarium fish plus lots-and-lots of rare fish!
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We also offer lots and lots of information about keeping and caring for pet fish, all from the knowledge of the Bailey Brothers, who have a combined total of 100+ years of experience as breeders, wholesalers, and retailers of pet fish!
Our fish and our customers are treated with the best of care, and we work energetically everyday to make sure every customer enjoys their new fishy friends.
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"Received my fish last night and was so pleased! They all arrived alive and appeared to be healthy.
"Once in the tank, they became very active and are now thriving in their new home.
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The Product Manager has been with the company for more than 35-years.
So we feel very confident that this is the fishiest crew anywhere.