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Silver Halfbeak Dermogenys sp. "silver"
Category: Livebearers - Miscellaneous
Price: £4.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 20 in stock
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Either males or females available (please be aware that some species are unsexable)|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.8 and Hard|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Dermogenys sp. "silver" (Silver Halfbeak)
A small halfbeak that does well in slightly soft to slightly alkaline water. It does not need brackish water.
The species sold as the silver halfbeak is thought to be Dermogenys sumatrana but may be a variety of Dermogenys pusilla. Compared with typical Dermogenys pusilla, they are difficult to tell apart, but the body is a whitish-silver rather than greenish, and there is perhaps less colour on the fins of the males. The fins of the females lack markings completely.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Both sexes can be very aggressive towards one another. Fights usually involve biting the head and body, and the aquarium should be treated with fin-rot remedy if the the fish seriously damage themselves. Best kept in a tank with only one male and several females. Otherwise benign towards their tankmates, and can be mixed well with other peaceful species.
Breeding is tricky because females tend to abort their young if disturbed or stressed. Once born, the fry are easy to raise on small live foods, frozen lobster eggs and bloodworms, and eventually powdered flake. They grow quickly.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||Indonesia, Sumatra, Singapore|
|Size||Up to 6 cm, males slightly smaller|
|Water Parameters||Neutral freshwater preferred, but tolerates anything from soft and acid to slightly brackish|
|Water PH||6.0 to 7.5|