Gasteropelecus maculatus – Spotted Hatchetfish
Gasteropelecus maculatus or Spotted Hatchetfish is a peaceful schooling fish for the upper water layers. The aquarium can be planted normally, but you should leave enough free swimming space. You should use floating plants as well. The aquarium should be well covered because they are very good jumpers.
Synonyms: Thoracocharax maculatus, Thoracocharax brevis, Thoracocharax magdalenae, Thoracocharax maculatus magdalenae.
This species was first described in 1879 by Steindachner.
You should give them black mosquito larvae and fruit flies. Dry food is accepted as well. Food that sinks is not eaten.
Breeding Gasteropelecus maculatus – Spotted Hatchetfish
Breeding Gasteropelecus maculatus – Spotted Hatchetfish is not difficult. When the animals are fed well the aquarium should be darkened. The water should be soft and acid. The eggs are laid between the roots of floating plants and fertilized. The eggs fall to the bottom. After spawning the parents should be removed. After 30 hours the eggs hatch and after 5 days the young fishes are swimming free. You should feed them very fine infusoria. After 7 days you can give them Artemia-nauplii.
Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie