Common Name(s)
Spotted hatchetfish
Scientific Name
Gasteropelecus maculatus
Family
Gasteropelecidae
Origin
Panama, Colombia, Venezuela
Temperament
Peaceful
Maximum Size
3.5 inches
Minimum Tank Size
30 gallon long (36 x 12 footprint)
Tank Setup
Looks best in a planted tank with a dark substrate. Needs a tight fitting lid as they will jump out of the tank if given the chance.
Tank Region
Top
Diet
Insectivore. Will eat dried foods but try to feed live foods like mosquito larvae or bloodworms.
Breeding
Unknown
Compatibility
With other temp-compatible community fish
Ease of Keeping
Intermediate
Care
pH: 6-8; Temperature: 75-82 Fahrenheit
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By Ictiologia Universidad Católica de Oriente - Gasteropelecus maculatus, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53170053

A schooling fish, so should be kept in groups of 6+ of their own species.

Females are rounder-bodied than males.