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).Purple pencilfish (Nannostomus rubrocaudatus).Koi betta fish (Betta splendens).Clown killifish (Epiplatys annulatus).Blue gourami fish (Trichopodus trichopterus).Double tail betta fish (Betta splendens).
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Description

3" | 1-3 group | 20 gal

PH 6.8-8 | Peaceful

2" | 8 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.2 | Peaceful

3" | Single | 5 gal

PH 6.5-7.5 | Aggressive

1.5" | 1-3 group | 5 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

5.5" | Single | 30 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

3" | Single | 5 gal

PH 6.5-7.5 | Aggressive

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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.

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.

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

Koi Bettas are a type of Marble Betta but with coloration and patterns resembling a Japanese Koi Fish. There is no cross-breeding with an actual Koi carp.

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/

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.

Trichopodus trichopterus var. Blue

Characteristics:

Max Size: 5.5″

Care Level: Intermediate

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: 30 gal

Grouping: 1, or 6+

Tank Mates

Larger nano community fish like large tetras, rasboras, peaceful barbs, Tinfoil Barbs that dwell at the middle of the tank

Slightly smaller or equal in size fish such as dwarf cichlids, German Blue Rams, Apistogramma Larger bottom feeders like loaches, corydoras, Siamese Algae Eaters Avoid fin nipping fish

Notes

Blue Gouramis are a cross between Three-Spot and Opaline Gouramis and recognized by their light blue color and soft marbled body patterns.  They're a color variation from the same Trichopodus trichopterus species as the Three-Spot Gourami, Opaline Gourami, Gold Gourami and Lavendar Gourami.

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 3 female ratio.

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

Double Tail Bettas actually have 2 distinct tail lobes instead of 1. Their tail symmetrically splits and their anal fin runs the full length of their body.

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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