Other Blue Hatchetfish Names:
Blue Hatchetfish, Flying Barb, Leaping Barb, Siamese Hatchetfish
Blue Hatchetfish Scientific Name:
Chela caeruleostigmata, Laubuca caeruleostigmata
Blue Hatchetfish Temperament:
Species Type: Cyprinids
Blue Hatchetfish Adult Size: 3 inches (cm)
Blue Hatchetfish Life Expectancy: 4 years
Blue Hatchetfish Habitat: Asian Flood Plains
Blue Hatchetfish Minimum Tank Size:
Peaceful schooling fish
Blue Hatchetfish Diet & Nutrition:
Carnivorous - diet should include live insects and mosquito larvae but these fish will also accept protein based flake or pellet food.
Blue Hatchetfish Description:
A delicate species that is on the endangered species list. Rarely available in the aquarium industry these days. Pristine water conditions are required because these fish are sensitive to water quality problems.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other peaceful fish
Blue Hatchetfish Breeding & Spawning:
To induce breeding, feed heavy with live insects and/or mosquito larvae. Raise the tank temperature to about 80 degrees F and lower the water level to around 5 inches. Provide plants with small leaves for the fish to lay eggs on. Blue Hatchetfish are not cannibalistic so the parents can remain in the same tank with the eggs.
Determining Blue Hatchetfish Sex:
No real way to determine gender visually.
Stays near the water surface.
Blue Hatchetfish Diseases:
Sensitive to nitrates.
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