Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans
|Common name:||Common Hatchet / Hatchetfish, Silver Hatchetfish, Black-lined Hatchetfish|
|Scientific name:||Gasteropelecus sternicla|
|Origin:||South America: Brazil, Guyana|
|Tank setup:||Planted community tank, with some floating plants.
A cover glass is needed, as these fish may jump.|
|Compatibility:||A peaceful community fish.|
|Water chemistry:||Slightly acidic (pH 6.0-7.0), soft to slightly hard.|
|Feeding:||An insectivore: mosquito larvae, small flies. Will accept dry foods.|
|Sexing:||Males are slimmer.|
|Breeding:||Unknown in the aquarium.|
A true top-dweller. Keep in a shoal of 5-6 or more. A similar species, Gasteropelecus levis may be
found for sale under the same common names.