Pygmy Hatchetfish

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Pygmy Hatchetfish Care Guide

Description: The Pygmy Hatchetfish, scientifically known as Carnegiella myersi, is a charming and diminutive species prized for its unique shape and peaceful demeanor. With its distinctive hatchet-like body and small size, this fish adds a delightful touch to any aquarium.

Behavior: Pygmy Hatchetfish are peaceful and social fish, often found in small groups swimming near the water's surface. They are known for their calm nature and can coexist peacefully with a variety of tank mates.

Tank Requirements: Provide a well-decorated aquarium with plenty of floating plants and cover for the Pygmy Hatchetfish to feel secure. Offer tall plants and floating vegetation to mimic their natural habitat. A tank size of at least 10 gallons is suitable for a small group of these hatchetfish.

Water Parameters: Maintain stable and slightly acidic to neutral water conditions, with temperatures ranging from 75°F to 82°F (24°C to 28°C) and a pH level between 6.0 to 7.5. Ensure good water quality through regular water changes and efficient filtration.

Diet: Pygmy Hatchetfish are omnivorous and will accept a variety of foods, including high-quality flakes, pellets, and live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and small insects. Offer them a varied diet to ensure they receive essential nutrients for growth and health.

Compatibility: Pygmy Hatchetfish are generally peaceful and can coexist with a wide range of tank mates, including other small, peaceful fish species that share similar water parameters. They are ideal companions for community aquariums and can add a unique dimension to any aquatic setup.

Max Size: 1.5 inches