Silver Hatchetfish – Gasteropelecus sternicla
Silver Hatchetfish – Gasteropelecus sternicla is a peaceful, schooling, community fish. It is a top dwelling fish and also eats from the surface of the water. Gasteropelecus sternicla is very uniquely shaped and has an upturned mouth for consuming those surface foods. We highly recommend a secure fitting aquarium cover as they can glide and when they jump are capable of clearing several metres if given the chance, not as prevalent in a home aquarium, however it is still recommended to take proper action in securing the tank cover. Providing their environment with floating live aquatic plants will deter the fish from making an escape. An extremely fast fish with talented maneuvering capability.
Common Name: Silver Hatchetfish, Common Hatchet
Scientific Name: Gasteropelecus sternicla
Typical Adult Fish Size: 2.5 inches / 6 cm
Natural Habitat: Amazon River Basin, Guiana and Venezuela. In the wild they thrive in slow moving swamps, tributaries and forest streams. This specie are often found in habitats with an abundance of surface vegetation.
Ideal Tank Ecosystem: Recommended for regular aquariums and planted tanks. They do not require a lot of decor as they are top dwelling. Incorporating pieces of driftwood branches, sand substrate and leaf litter will enable your Silver Hatchetfish to thrive. Adding live plants to any aquarium is recommended as it helps filter the water as well as creating a beautiful look.
Recommended Aquarium Capacity: 20 gallon / 80 litre
Species Compatibility: Silver Hatchetfish is a perfect addition to peaceful, community fish aquariums. They are a schooling fish and thrive in groups of 6 or more. Placing these fish in larger groups will lower stress levels, therefore preventing unwanted disease.
Care Level: Intermediate+
Aquarium Water Temperature: 74 – 81°F / 24 – 27°C
Aquarium Water pH: Range 6.0 – 7.0
Feeding: Silver Hatchetfish – Gasteropelecus sternicla are top feeders. They will need floating foods such as insects, mosquito larvae, fruit flies, flakes, pellets.
Sexing: Females tend to be slightly rounder in shape, especially when carrying eggs, than the male. It is quite difficult to sex silver hatchetfish.
Breeding: Unknown and currently unrecorded in captivity.
Other Considerations: Gasteropelecus sternicla are a more of an unusual freshwater fish, Much resembling a hatchet or an axe. They feature thin, deep bodies with mouths which are upturned in shape and high pectoral fins. This species of fish is the solely a true ‘flying fish’. In the wild Gasteropelecus sternicla will spring up into the air, manipulating their pectoral fins to enable them to ‘fly’ and additionally, to catch flying insects for food consumption.
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