Pygmy Hatchetfish (Carnegiella myersi)

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Pygmy Hatchetfish

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Pygmy Hatchetfish

Carnegiella myersi

38 Litres (10 US G.)

2-2.5cm (0.8-1 ")

sg

Freshwater

pH

5.5 - 6.5

23 -26 °C (73.4-78.8°F)

10-20 °d

1:3 M:F

Carnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years

Family

Gasteropelecidae



Additional names

Pygmy Hatchetfish, Myers Hatchetfish, Glass Hatchetfish


Origin

South America: Amazon River basin in Peru.

Sexing

Very difficult to visually sex, most will only be able to be sexed when the female is holding eggs. Tricky to breed in captivity.

Tank compatibility

Peaceful shoaling fish, should be kept in groups of 6 or more. Best kept with mid-bottom dwelling and peaceful tank mates such as Corydoras.

Diet

Will accept most floating foods including pellet and flake as well as live/frozen food like brine shrimp.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

A well-filtered mature tank without very bright lighting is needed for this fish. They do not do well in strong currents. A secure lid is a must for this fish, they can get through even the smallest of gaps.

Behaviour

Entirely top-dwelling fish, known to jump out the water when startled.

Identification

Typical deep-bodied triangular Hatchetfish in shape. The body is silvery and almost translucent with some skeleton visible. It has a black lateral line running along the top of the body to the caudal peduncle. Fins are translucent.

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