Wrestling Halfbeak

Other Wrestling Halfbeak Names: Wrestling Halfbeak, Malayan Halfbeak

Wrestling Halfbeak Scientific Name: Dermogenys pusilla, Dermogenys burmanicus, Dermogenys siamensis

Wrestling Halfbeak (Dermogenys pusilla))

Temperature Range: 74°F-82°F
pH Range: 6.8-8.2
Hardness Range: 10-20°

Family: Hemirampidae

Species Type: Livebearers

Wrestling Halfbeak Adult Size: 3 inches (cm)

Wrestling Halfbeak Life Expectancy: 6 years

Wrestling Halfbeak Habitat: Asian flood plains

Wrestling Halfbeak Minimum Tank Size: 29 gallons

Wrestling Halfbeak Temperament: Generally peaceful, but males may compete with one another when females are present.

Wrestling Halfbeak Diet & Nutrition: Carnivorous - does well with a meaty flake food.

Wrestling Halfbeak Description: The wrestling halfbeak is a very interesting fish with a long "beak" and silver and red coloring. Halfbeaks are extremely nervous, so not clean the algae from the back and sides of the tank as this helps calm the fish. Floating plants can also help calm this fish. The use of opaque glass can help if algae is not growing readily on the clear glass. This fish does best in brackish water with a specific gravity of 1.008-1.018, although in the wild it is occasionally found in pure freshwater or coastal reefs. Brackish water is necessary for the long term survival of this fish.

Tank Mate Compatibility: This fish is really suited for a species only environment. It will eat most fish that are smaller than it and will be stressed by fish larger than it.

Wrestling Halfbeak Breeding & Spawning: Even though this is a livebearer, it is difficult to breed this fish in captivity. The halfbeak does not fare well in captivity and this makes breeding them challenging.

Determining Wrestling Halfbeak Sex: Males have a modified anal fin called a gonopodium and females tend to be larger.

Aquarium Region: Upper half of tank

Wrestling Halfbeak Diseases: None specific to species

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