Silver Hatchet



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Silver Hatchets, also known as the Common Hatchetfish, are among the more uniquely shaped species of fish. Hatchetfish have a slender body with a deep "belly" and pectoral fins that are set high on the body. Hatchetfish have upturned mouths characteristic of true surface dwellers.

Gasteropelecus sternicla prefers a planted aquarium with a few floating plants. A schooling fish, the Silver Hatchet is best kept in a group of six or more. A hood on the aquarium is necessary, as this fish likes to jump. Excellent water quality must be maintained to keep this fish at its best.

Unfortunately, the Silver Hatchet's breeding habits have not been documented. It is thought that this fish may breed in soft water and a low pH. A good diet of fresh mosquito larvae and fruit flies may trigger spawning and the depositing of eggs on floating plants.

A carnivore, the Silver Hatchet will eat floating foods such as freeze dried bloodworms and tubifex, high quality flake food, mosquito larvae, small flies, and some other meaty live or frozen foods.


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Barbara April 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I love these top dwelling fish.I first purchased them because of their unusual shape and the fact that they love to swim at the top of the tank. I have had both the marble and the silver hatchets. Both are peaceful and get along with all their tank mates. Hatchets are schooling fish so get at least 3 or 4 and they will swim around and play together. They are easy fish to keep not messy like some fish can be they also live a long time. Be careful because I hear they are jumpers and can jump out of the tank. I always had a hood on my tank so that never happen to me. My last hatchets lived about 8 years until a heater malfunction cause the death of my entire tank.

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