Halfbeak - Dermogenys pusillus
Species name: Dermogenys pusillus
Common Names: Halfbeak
Family: Hemiramphidae (Halfbeaks)
Order: Beloniformes (needle fishes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Max. size: 7 cm / 2.5- 3 inch
Environment: fresh, brackish, marine water
Origin: Asia, Thailand to Indonesia. Also includes India, Myanmar, and Bangladesh
Temperament: Aggressive towards specimens of the same species.
Company: Can be kept in community aquariums with other calm fish species. Don’t keep with aggressive fish.
Water parameters: pH 7.0-8.0, temperature 24-28°C / 75 - 82° F
Aquarium setup: Large surface area required. Floating plants and plants that reaches the surface allows weaker fish to hide, and gives females somewhere to spawn their fry. Leave some space open.
Feeding: accepts all kind of food that’s small enough. However live food is preferable.
Breeding livebearer. Good food is required for breeding. Broads are generally small and gestation lasts up to eight weeks. The fry is large and accepts small flake food. Fry is born without beak and the beak develops as the fry grows. Its quite usual that the fish stops breeding after a few successful broads. This can most often be solved by making the feedings better and more varied.
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