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Hemirhamphodon kapuasensis (Red-stripe Halfbeak)

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A small halfbeak with a greenish-silver body marked along the flanks from the behind the eye to the base of the tail with a series of red lines. These do not form a continuous band. Males are more brightly coloured, have longer beaks, and have the distinctive andropodium (modified anal fin) typical of the livebearing halfbeaks.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

A feisty but delicate fish. Males are likely to squabble, and even females can be a bit pushy. As with halfbeaks generally, sudden changes in water chemistry can be fatal, but otherwise these fish will adapt to either soft and acidic water conditions or slightly hard and alkaline. Small live foods such as bloodworms are preferred, but flake will be accepted eventually. Easily bullied by larger fish, so best kept alone or with very quiet tankmates that stay in the lower half of the aquarium.

Breeding is similar to the other halfbeaks, with females producing small broods of fairly large offspring. The juveniles can be raised on small live foods such as daphnia and brine shrimp.

Family Group: Miscellaneous
Distribution Indonesia
Temperature 24-26 C
Size 5 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.5-7.5