Wrestling Halfbeak - Planted Tank Mates

Wrestling Halfbeak

3″ | 1-3 group | 20 gal

PH 6.8-8 | Peaceful

Dermogenys pusilla

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 70° – 85°

PH: 6.8 – 8

dGH: 8 – 12

dKH: 4 – 8

Min Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 1-3

Tank Mates

Top dwellers like other live bearing fish, guppies, mollies, endlers, small rainbowfish.

Most peaceful mid-dwelling fish like tetras, rasboras.  Avoid petite size nano fish.

Bottom dwellers like corydoras, gobies and snails.

Avoid aggressive fish as halfbeaks can get startled and jump.

Notes

Halfbeaks have a slender body with a beak-like mouth where the lower jaw is longer than the top.  They’re related to flying fishes and require a tank that’s more long and tall.  Males can get aggressive towards each other and “wrestle” for their mate.  Keep in a ratio of 1:3 male to female.  They’re live bearing fish who prefer a well-planted tank with hiding spots and room to swim.  A lid is a must as they can get startled and jump way outside the tank.

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ImageWrestling halfbeak fish (Dermogenys pusilla).Dwarf flame gourami fish (richogaster lalius).Green cobra guppy fish (Poecilia reticulata).Spade tail betta fish (Betta splendens).N class endlers fish (Poecilia wingei).Red betta fish (Betta splendens).
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Description

3" | 1-3 group | 20 gal

PH 6.8-8 | Peaceful

2.5" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

2.4" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.8-8 | Peaceful

3" | Single | 5 gal

PH 6.5-7.5 | Aggressive

1.75" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.8-8 | Peaceful

3" | Single | 5 gal

PH 6.5-7.5 | Aggressive

Content

Dermogenys pusilla

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 70° – 85°

PH: 6.8 - 8

dGH: 8 - 12

dKH: 4 - 8

Min Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 1-3

Tank Mates

Top dwellers like other live bearing fish, guppies, mollies, endlers, small rainbowfish.

Most peaceful mid-dwelling fish like tetras, rasboras.  Avoid petite size nano fish.

Bottom dwellers like corydoras, gobies and snails.

Avoid aggressive fish as halfbeaks can get startled and jump.

Notes

Halfbeaks have a slender body with a beak-like mouth where the lower jaw is longer than the top.  They're related to flying fishes and require a tank that's more long and tall.  Males can get aggressive towards each other and "wrestle" for their mate.  Keep in a ratio of 1:3 male to female.  They're live bearing fish who prefer a well-planted tank with hiding spots and room to swim.  A lid is a must as they can get startled and jump way outside the tank.

Trichogaster Ialius

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

Same species as the Dwarf Gourami but with a different color pattern.  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.

Poecilia reticulata

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.4″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 – 82

PH: 6.8 – 8

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 4 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Endlers, Plecors, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Guppies in general are one of the most hardy and therefore popular fish. Many beginners keep them with great success. Breeding is as easy as keeping some floating plants for babies to hide.  Avoid other fish that would nip on their fins.

Betta spenden

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 76 – 82

PH: 6.5 - 7.5

dGH: 2 - 5

dKH: 1 – 4

Tank Size: 5 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Peaceful mid-dwelling nano fish like ember tetras, harlequin rasboras, and celestial pearl danios, but keep them in strong groups

Bottom dwellers like Kuhli loaches, Corydoras, Malaysian Trumpet snails.  Depending on each individual betta, dwarf shrimp may or may not get eaten. Avoid other aggressive, fin-nipping or even colorful fish like tiger barbs and fancy guppies. Prevent stressing the betta by keeping top dwelling fish to a minimum. Avoid larger fish which can prey or intimidate like cichlids.

Notes

Spade Tail Bettas have a tail that comes to a point, like a spade in a deck of cards. Round Tail Bettas are similar, only the tail end is more rounded.

Betta fish are also known as Siamese or Japanese Fighting Fish.  They're very territorial and should never be kept together unless for short-term breeding.  Despite their aggressive nature, they can have a curious and playful personality.  They'll often recognize their caretaker and will even come up to the glass to greet them.  The betta spenden species come in a variety of tail shapes, colors and patterns.  They're easily the show piece to any tank and their extravagant tails flow like living art.  Provide their space with a lot of plants, slow water agitation and warm waters to keep them healthy and active.

Regardless of what you see in retail stores or what people say, NEVER keep a betta in anything less than a 5 gallon tank. https://plantedtankmates.com/types-of-betta-fish/

Poecilia wingei

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.75″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 – 82

PH: 6.8 – 8

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 4 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Guppies, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Plecors, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Endlers are unique with distinctive color splotches and markings.  Similar to guppies, Endlers are also relatively hardy and popular fish. Many beginners keep them with great success.

Breeding

They generally breed in warmer waters.  They can also reproduce with guppies, so be careful with mixing because they will become hybrids and may lose their distinctive colors and patterns.  Keep a ratio of 1:2, male : female.

Betta spenden

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 76 – 82

PH: 6.5 - 7.5

dGH: 2 - 5

dKH: 1 – 4

Tank Size: 5 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Peaceful mid-dwelling nano fish like ember tetras, harlequin rasboras, and celestial pearl danios, but keep them in strong groups

Bottom dwellers like Kuhli loaches, Corydoras, Malaysian Trumpet snails.  Depending on each individual betta, dwarf shrimp may or may not get eaten. Avoid other aggressive, fin-nipping or even colorful fish like tiger barbs and fancy guppies. Prevent stressing the betta by keeping top dwelling fish to a minimum. Avoid larger fish which can prey or intimidate like cichlids.

Notes

Betta fish are also known as Siamese or Japanese Fighting Fish.  They're very territorial and should never be kept together unless for short-term breeding.  Despite their aggressive nature, they can have a curious and playful personality.  They'll often recognize their caretaker and will even come up to the glass to greet them.  The betta spenden species come in a variety of tail shapes, colors and patterns.  They're easily the show piece to any tank and their extravagant tails flow like living art.  Provide their space with a lot of plants, slow water agitation and warm waters to keep them healthy and active.

Regardless of what you see in retail stores or what people say, NEVER keep a betta in anything less than a 5 gallon tank. https://plantedtankmates.com/types-of-betta-fish/
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