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Hatchetfish Species > Quick Stats
Food: Tropical flake foods. Food must be at the surface.
Breeding: Breeding Hatchetfish is difficult. The water must cycle just right.
Tank Conditions: Prefers softish slighly acid water, but not critical. Ensure tank is kept well covered

This site was created to get straight to the point. Below are some tips on keeping Hatchetfishes. Send any additional information or questions to Ask An Expert

Hatchetfish Species

Most hatchetfishs are peaceful fish that mix well with other species. Keep in shoals, as these fish are very nervous alone, and prone to jumping. Community tanks with small to medium sized community fish (other small community fish), planted aquaria. Good tank companions include Apistogrammad, Corydoras, Angelfish, tetras, Loricarids, small Doradids, and Killifish.

Hatchetfish Species: Key Points, Tips & Tricks - Hatchetfish Q/A

  1. Very good jumper, be aware.
  2. They tend to be a upper-level fish, often swimming directly below the surface of the water.
  3. They can be sensitive to water conditions. Be careful on water changes.
  4. Recommended in groups of 10 or more.
  5. They can propel themselves out of the water and at least assist their flight by rapidly striking their pectoral fins to evade predators, albeit only for distances of a few meters and in a straight line.

Hatchetfish Species: DO'S - Hatchetfish Q/A

  1. Make sure to have a good lid on your aquarium these things can jump!
  2. Make sure to include lots of hiding places, floating plants.
  3. It is recommended that a 4" gap is left between the water level and the top of the tank to avoid fish flying out everywhere.

Hatchetfish Species: DONT'S - Hatchetfish Q/A

  1. Feed them food that sinks. These fish cannot eat from the middle or bottom of the tank.

Genera and species

    Genus Carnegiella (Eigenmann, 1909)

  • Blackwinged hatchetfish, Carnegiella marthae
  • Pygmy hatchetfish, Carnegiella myersi
  • Dwarf hatchetfish, Carnegiella schereri
  • Marbled hatchetfish, Carnegiella strigata

    Genus Gasteropelecus (Scopoli, 1777)

  • Silver hatchetfish, Gasteropelecus levis
  • Spotted hatchetfish, Gasteropelecus maculatus
  • Common hatchetfish, Gasteropelecus sternicla

    Genus Thoracocharax (Fowler, 1907)

  • Greater hatchetfish, Thoracocharax securis
  • Spotfin hatchetfish, Thoracocharax stellatus

Follow the above recommendations and you should have a joyful Hatchetfish experience. Send any questions, comments or pictures to Ask An Expert If you are interested in helping out visit our contributions page.

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References/Further Reading

Berra, T. M. 2001. Freshwater Fish Distribution. Academic Press. San Diego, CA
Gery, J. 1977 Characoids of the World. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 672 pp.
Hubbs, C. L. and K. F. Lagler. 1947 (and other editions). Fishes of the Great Lakes Region. Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bulletin No. 26.
Moyle, P.B. and J. J. Cech, Jr. 2000. Fishes: An Introduction To Ichthyology, 4th Edition. Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
Myers, G.S. 1972 The Piranha Book: an account of the ill-famed piranha fishes of the rivers of tropical South America. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 128 pp.
Nelson, J. S. 1994. Fishes of the World, 3rd edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, New York.
Page, L. M. and B. M. Burr. 1991. Peterson Field Guides: Freshwater Fishes. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass.
Paxton, J. R. and W. N. Eschmeyer. 1998. Encyclopedia of Fishes. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
Shulte, W. 1988 Piranhas in the Aquarium. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 128 pp.

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