Halfbeak Tropical Fish Information

Dermogenys pusilla
Behaviour Timid, peaceful, males may fight
Typical size 6cm
Max size 7cm
Tank Area Top
Min Tank Size 75cm
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Flakes, dried, frozen, live foods. Varied diet is important
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h,vh
Halfbeak Dermogenys pusilla
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Halfbeak (Dermogenys pusilla)

Halfbeak Tropical Fish Learn all about the Halfbeak's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Halfbeak is the right fish for your aquarium.

The Halfbeak is an unusual surface dwelling fish with an obvious 'beak' like mouth appendage. The fish is timid at first and prone to damaging its mouth during quick flights when startled. Once settled in a tank the fish is more confident and lively. Surface floating plants should be provided as cover. The fish will benefit from a little salt added to the water, and can also be kept in brackish water. Keep with other peaceful fishes

Halfbeak Facts

Family Hemiramphidae (Halfbeaks) | Synonyms Dermogenys pusillus, D. siamensis, D. burmanicus, Hemirhamphus fluviatilis | Other names Freshwater Halfbeak, Needle Gar, Wrestling Halfbeak | Origin Asia; India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia | Breeding Live bearer | Natural Water Conditions pH 7-8, medium to hard, freshwater & brackish | Natural Habitat Fresh and brackish waters; vegetated areas | Sexing Males are smaller, have a red dorsal patch, and modified anal fin

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