Marbled Hatchetfish - Planted Tank Mates

Marbled Hatchetfish

1.75″ | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

Carnegiella strigata

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.75″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of Tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 75 – 80

PH: 6 – 7

dGH: 2 – 14

dKH: 2 – 8

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Peaceful and calm mid dwellers like tetras, rasboras, danios, Odessa barbs.

Bottom dwellers like corydoras, plecos, otocinclus, snails and dwarf shrimp.

Peaceful top dwellers can be OK, but avoid ones that are super active and may compete for food.

Notes

Known for their unique swimming behavior, hatchetfish often swim near the water’s surface, and have the ability to leap out of the water for short distances. Marbled Hatchetfish, in particular, are one of the best, high-flying jumpers.  This behavior is believed to help them evade predators or catch insects.  Often shy, provide some tall or floating plants to give them hiding space and relief from bight lights.  Provide a protein rich diet with flakes or food that are slow to sink.  Turn off the aerator during feeding or ensure there is some still water so they have time to eat.

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ImageMarbled hatchetfish (Carnegiella strigata).Red honey gourami fish (Trichogaster chuna).Sparkling gourami fish (Trichopsis pumila).Purple pencilfish (Nannostomus rubrocaudatus).Chocolate gourami fish (Sphaerichthys osphromenoides).Clown killifish (Epiplatys annulatus).
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Description

1.75" | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

2.5" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

1.5" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

2" | 8 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.2 | Peaceful

2.5" | 6 or more | 30 gal

PH 4-6 | Peaceful

1.5" | 1-3 group | 5 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

Content

Carnegiella strigata

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.75″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of Tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 75 – 80

PH: 6 - 7

dGH: 2 - 14

dKH: 2 – 8

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Peaceful and calm mid dwellers like tetras, rasboras, danios, Odessa barbs.

Bottom dwellers like corydoras, plecos, otocinclus, snails and dwarf shrimp. Peaceful top dwellers can be OK, but avoid ones that are super active and may compete for food.

Notes

Known for their unique swimming behavior, hatchetfish often swim near the water's surface, and have the ability to leap out of the water for short distances. Marbled Hatchetfish, in particular, are one of the best, high-flying jumpers.  This behavior is believed to help them evade predators or catch insects.  Often shy, provide some tall or floating plants to give them hiding space and relief from bight lights.  Provide a protein rich diet with flakes or food that are slow to sink.  Turn off the aerator during feeding or ensure there is some still water so they have time to eat.

Trichogaster colisa

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 4 - 15

dKH: 3 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 1, or 6+

Tank Mates

Most nano community fish like Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Guppies

Bottom feeders like loaches, corydoras, otocinclus, snails.  Adult shrimp OK, but smaller shrimp or fry can become snacks.

Notes

Red Honey Gouramis are a color variation of the Honey Gourami. They can still have a yellow body with more Red hues which translates to their fins and tail.Keep as a single feature fish, or as a male & female pair.

They're generally peaceful community fish but can become semi-aggressive towards each other, especially males.  When in groups, keep 1 male to every 2-3 female ratio.

Trichopsis Pumila

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7

dGH: 4 - 8

dKH: 2 - 6

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 4 or more

Tank Mates

Caridina Shrimp, Amano Shrimp, Cardinal and Neon Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Pygmy and Leopard Corydoras, Otocinclus

Notes

Unlike dwarf gouramis, Sparkling Gouramis are non-territorial towards one another and do OK in groups.

Nannostomus rubrocaudatus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72° – 82°

PH: 6.5 – 7.2

dGH: 4 – 7

dKH: 2 – 5

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 8 or more

Tank Mates

Caridina and Neocaridina shrimp, Tetras, Rasboras, Celestial Pearl Danios, Hatchetfish, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Loaches, Otocinclus, snails

Notes

Purple Pencilfish are generally a reddish color with violet / purple tones.  They're peaceful top dwelling fish that will school when kept in large groups.  Provide tall plants and even floating plants to give them a variety of shade and hiding spaces.

Sphaerichthys osphromenoides

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 77 – 84

PH: 4 - 6

dGH: 1-6

dKH: 1 – 4

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Most nano community fish that an handle low PH requirements like Tetras, Rasboras, Cyprinids and dwarf barbs that dwell at the middle of the tank

Bottom feeders like Kuhli loaches, corydoras, otocinclus, snails.  Caridina shrimp make a better choice since they prefer softer water parameters.  Adult shrimp OK, but smaller shrimp or fry can become snacks. Avoid fin nipping fish

Notes

Chocolate Gouramis are not like the others.  They're very sensitive to water changes and prefer very low PH water parameters.  Their natural habitat includes a lot of decaying plant matter with branches and wood to hide.  They're more of a social fish that prefer to live in groups of 6 or more.

Epiplatys annulatus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 79°

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 8 - 16

dKH: 4 - 8

Min Tank Size: 5 gal

Grouping: 1-3

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Corydoras, Plecos and Otocinclus.

Adult shrimps are generally safe.

Notes

Although they're top dwellers, they can be shy and do best in large groups. You can keep 1-5 of of these tiny guys in a 5 gallon tank, but provide 10 gallons or larger if keeping in a community with other fish. They're predators and like to wait at the top to grab their food. Killifish often prefer live foods over frozen foods and pellets. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths such as cichlids.d pellets.   Since they are colorful top dwellers, bettas may see them as competition and show aggression.

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