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Marble Hatchet

(Carnegiella strigata)
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Marble Hatchet
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Conditions: 75-81F; pH 5.5-7.5; KH 10-18
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 2"
Color Form: Brown, Camouflage, Fluorescent Green, Orange, Peach, Pink
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet:  Carnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: South America
Family: Gasteropelecidae

The Marble Hatchet is 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.

Carnegiella strigata prefers a planted aquarium with a few floating plants. A schooling fish, the Marble 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.

The Marble Hatchet breeds in soft water (about 5), and a low pH (about 6.0). A diet of fresh mosquito larvae and fruit flies may trigger spawning and the depositing of eggs on floating plants. The eggs hatch within 36 hours and the fry should be fed a quality live food such as brine shrimp.

A carnivore, the Marble 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.

Marthae Silver Hatchet

(Carnegiella marthae)
Marthae Silver Hatchet
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallon
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Conditions: 73-81F; pH 5.5-6.5; KH 2-4
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 2"
Color Form: Brown, Orange, Peach, Pink
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet:  Carnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Venezuela
Family: Gasteropelecidae

The Marthae Silver Hatchet, also known as the Black-winged Hatchetfish, is 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.

Carnegiella marthae prefers a planted aquarium with a few floating plants. A schooling fish, the Marthae 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; they are extremely sensitive to water conditions.

Unfortunately, the Marthae Hatchet's breeding habits have not been documented.

A carnivore, the Marthae 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.

Silver Hatchet

(Gasteropelecus sternicla)
Silver Hatchet
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons
Care Level: Difficult
Tank Conditions: 73-79F; pH 6.0-7.0; KH 8-12
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 3"
Color Form: Brown, Silver
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet:  Carnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Brazil
Family: Gasteropelecidae

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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