Silver Hatchetfish - Planted Tank Mates

Silver Hatchetfish

2.25″ | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

Gasteropelecus levis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.25″

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. 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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ImageSilver hatchetfish (Gasteropelecus sternicla).Daisy's blue rice killifish (Oryzias woworae).Purple pencilfish (Nannostomus rubrocaudatus).Red honey gourami fish (Trichogaster chuna).Sparkling gourami fish (Trichopsis pumila).Clown killifish (Epiplatys annulatus).
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Description

2.25" | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

1.25" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

2" | 8 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.2 | Peaceful

2.5" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

1.5" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

1.5" | 1-3 group | 5 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

Content

Gasteropelecus levis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.25″

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. 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.

Oryzias woworae

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.25″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 74° – 80°

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 6 - 15

dKH: 4 -10

Min Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Small nano fish such as Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Pygmy Corydoras and Otocinclus.  Great to pair with dwarf shrimp since they both enjoy water with tannins.  It's recommended to introduce killifish into the tank after the shrimp.

Notes

Although they're top dwellers, they can be shy and do best in large groups.   They do well in heavily planted tanks and like to inhabit shallow areas.  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.

Breeding

Males have shiny, bright blue coloration while females are more subtle and orange - yellow. They breed easily with the female carrying a cluster of 10-20 eggs. Once deposited into vegetation, it's best to relocate the eggs to avoid geting eaten. Eggs take 1-3 weeks to hatch. Breed best in species only tank

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.

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.

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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