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Common Hatchetfish


Family: Gasteropelecidae
Species: Gasteropelecus sternicla
Common Name: Silver Hatchetfish, Common Hatchetfish, River Hatchetfish
Size: Up to 2.5" (6.5cm)
Habitat: SOUTH AMERICA: In the Peruvian and middle Amazon, the Guianas and Venezuela .
Min Tank Size: 20 gallon for a school of 6. Tank must be completely covered as these fish will jump out of the tank if startled.
Diet: Omnivorous, Flake, frozen and loves live food, but have a reputation of being greedy.
Behavior: Peaceful, but sometimes bicker amongst themselves.
Water: Temperature of 73 to 81°F (23 - 27°C), pH 6.0 to 7.0, up to dGH 15
Care: Easy, good filtration and frequent water changes.
Communities: Good
Suitability: Good for all, with care for size potential.

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