Spotted Silver Hatchet (Gasteropelecus maculatus)


One of the larger species of the popular surface dwelling Hatchetfish, the Spotted Silver Hatchet is found in the Eastern end of the Amazon Basin in Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador. In the aquarium, they are hardy and peaceful schooling fish that due to their size will do well with larger tankmates – making an ideal dither fish for small and medium sized South American Cichlids. Their tank should be kept tightly covered as they are easily spooked and likely to jump out if given the opportunity.


Spotted Silver Hatchet (Gateropelecus maculatus)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Caqueta
Diet: Omnivore and micropredator, will accept almost all frozen and prepared foods
Adult Size: 3″
Recommended Tank Size: 30 gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful. Will generally do well with most peaceful tankmates.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.2
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm