Marbled Hatchetfish
Behaviour Peaceful surface dweller
Typical size 3cm
Max size 4cm
Tank Area Top
Min Tank Size 75cm
Min Number 5
Temp Min: 24℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live foods
pH Range 5-8
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Marbled Hatchetfish Carnegiella strigata
  • Marbled Hatchetfish Carnegiella strigata - thumbnail
  • Marbled Hatchetfish Carnegiella strigata - thumbnail

Marbled Hatchetfish

Carnegiella strigata

The unusual shape and movements of the hatchetfish family make them an attractive and unusual fish for fishkeepers. The Marbled Hatchetfish adds an attractive mottled pattern to this combination and is a well-recommended fish for the right aquarium. To keep these fish properly they should be provided with plenty of cover and hiding spots amongst plants, areas of flow, and preferably avoiding very hard water. Although they are a surface feeding fish, they require a varied diet of which flake food should make up no more than three quarters. The unusual shape is due to a large muscle, which the fish use to jump high distances above the water to avoid predators. Make sure the aquarium is well covered to avoid the fish jumping out.

Family Gasteropelecidae (Freshwater hatchetfishes) | Synonyms Gasteropelecus strigatus, G. fasciatus, G. vesca, Carnegiella strigata strigata | Origin South America; Amazon River basin, Caqueta River | Breeding Egg scatterer, eggs hatch after 36 hours | Natural Water Conditions pH 5-8, soft to hard | Natural Habitat Streams and rivers with overhanging vegetation | Sexing Females have a larger or more rounded belly

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