Wrestling Halfbeak (Dermogenys pusillus)
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95 Litres (25 US G.)
5.1-7.6cm (2-3 ")
7.0 - 8.0
23.3-27.8°C (74 -82 °F)
- Wrestling Half Beak, Halfbeak, Malayan Halfbeak
Additional scientific names
- Hemirhamphus pusillus
Origin[edit | edit source]
- Found in slow-moving rivers, lakes and canals in Asia, from Thailand to Indonesia, including Myanmar, Bangladesh and India. Juveniles can be found in mangrove forests.
Sexing[edit | edit source]
- Male has yellow on his tail as well as a modified pectoral fin, and females do not.
Breeding[edit | edit source]
- Live bearers. Female will release fry after 3 months.
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
- Do not keep more than one male Halfbeak per tank. Should otherwise be relatively peaceful and suitable to be housed with other peaceful community fish including Platys and Guppies.
Diet[edit | edit source]
- Can be weaned to many different kinds of food, but enjoy brine shrimp, and small insects such as flies.
Feeding regime[edit | edit source]
- Feed once or twice a day.
Environment specifics[edit | edit source]
- Needs many hiding places on the top of the tank like floating plants (ex. Elodia). The tank should be long and spacious.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
- Mainly occupies the top levels of the tank. The males will fight to the death with other Halfbeaks. Females don't fight as much as males.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- Looks like a Silver Needle Nose Gar, only much smaller, and only has half of a beak. A very slender and elongated fish.
Pictures[edit | edit source]
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- Fishbase (Mirrors: )