Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Marthae Silver Hatchetfish

Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Silver Hatchet - Aquarium Fish
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These fish are moderately hardy once they are established. A school of 6 or more Marbled Hatchetfish will need at least a 15-to 20-gallon aquarium. They will mostly swim and feed at the surface of the water. They will appreciate some floating plants, but as they eat at the surface, some clear areas need to be provided as well. Their tank should have a moderate current, which can be accomplished using a strong canister filter or powerheads. The tank should also be tightly sealed as this fish is apt to jump out of the tank if provided the opportunity.These freshwater hatchetfish are prone to ich, especially when first introduced to a new aquarium. They should be acclimated in a quarantine aquarium for two to three weeks before being placed in their permanent home. This blackwater native is very intolerant of harder and more alkaline water. Keep water conditions soft and acidic for them to thrive. Peat filtration is advisable. This fish enjoys a sandy substrate with a few handfuls of leaves added.
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Hatchetfish are some of the more unique looking fish species available to freshwater hobbyists. They get to a couple of inches in size and some have the ability to fly or jump out of the water. They are a top dwelling fish and along with their known jumping habits an aquarium with a tight fitting hood is definitley needed to keep them from carpet surfing. Topics > New To The Freshwater Aquarium Hobby > what happened to my silver hatchetfish?
Photo provided by FlickrThey should not be confused with the freshwater hatchetfish commonly seen in home aquariums
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The Silver Hatchetfish (Gasteropelecus levis) is one of the more unique looking freshwater fish in the aquarium hobby, and its unusual body shape and attractive coloration makes it highly sought after by aquarists. The name ‘hatchetfish’ originates from its laterally compressed body, which resembles the head of a hatchet.Hatchet fish water chemistry requires slightly more attention than that of other fish, but not excessively so. The aquarium should already be cycled, or broken in by other fish -- never start a brand new tank with hatchet fish. They also need soft, acidic water with pH between 6.4 and 6.8. All species of freshwater hatchet fish are tropical fish, so they require water temperature of 74 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit to thrive. And as long as these conditions are met, they tend to do fine.Freshwater hatchet fish require an intermediate level of care. However, if you give them the right water conditions, they can thrive in an aquarium. On top of this, they are supremely interesting fish. They are, for instance, flying fish -- they use their fins as wings to catch air jumping from the water.The deep sea hatchetfish gets its name from the distinct hatchet-like shape of its body. It is a member of the Sternoptychidae family of deep sea fishes. There are about 45 individual species of hatchetfish that vary in size from one to six inches. They are most well known for their extremely thin bodies which really do resemble the blade of a hatchet. They should not be confused with the freshwater hatchetfish commonly seen in home aquariums.My 180 litre freshwater aquarium containing giant hatchet fish, penguin tetras, rummy nose tetras, glass catfish, Cory cats and a striped head stander. All plants are real.Freshwater hatchetfish are carnivores by nature, feeding on insects and crustaceans in their natural habitat. These fish are particularly well adapted to eating small insects from the surface of the water since their mouths are located on the top of their bodies. In the home aquarium, they should be fed a diet of carnivore flakes, pellets or granules as well as live and frozen foods.