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The Celebes Halfbeak develops vibrant fin coloration and is an interesting livebearer for the planted aquarium!
The Celebes Halfbeak (Nomorhampus liemi) is a very interesting oddball livebearer that is excellent for the planted aquarium. This fish is a nearly exclusive surface dweller. It is a gregarious species that can be kept in though males can be competitive during territory disputes. During these disputes, the males will interlock mouths and wrestle with one another. This can lead to serious injury to one or both males in the confines of a smaller aquarium, but such skirmishes are typically brief and harmless in larger aquariums. This fish is completely peaceful with other species.
Care is fairly simple for the Celebes Halfbeak. It requires a relatively spacious aquarium with plenty of cover to diffuse bright lighting. It is intolerant of sudden changes in water parameters, so smaller, more frequent water changes are recommended. It will thrive on a variety of high-quality frozen and flake foods and, if available, gut-loaded fruit flies. Insects are an important part of its diet. It will not bother most other fish, but it will eat any fish or invertebrates small enough to be considered prey.
The Celebes Halfbeak is a somewhat nervous fish and it can easily damage its long lower jaw by bumping into the aquarium glass when startled. This can be prevented by positioning plant vegetation along the sides and back of the aquarium walls. The Celebes Halfbeak is a proficient jumper, so a secure lid or at least plenty of surface vegetation is necessary in the aquarium.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Interesting oddball surface dweller
- Beautiful gold coloration
- Small size, perfect for planted aquariums
- Peaceful disposition
- Possible to breed in the aquarium
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 68° - 75° F (20° - 24° C)
- pH: 6.0 - 8.0, though a maximum of 7.5 is ideal
- KH: 2 - 12 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 20 - 30 gallons for a small group, though a larger tank is recommended for multiple males
- Diet: Frozen foods such as bloodworms, gut-loaded fruit flies, and/or high-quality flake food.
- Social behavior: Social with its own kind. Males will often fight excessively in smaller tanks. Keeping this fish in groups often reduces nervous behavior.
- Origin: Indigenous to Sulawesi, Indonesia
- Average adult size: 2.4 - 3.5 inches (6 - 9 cm). Females are much larger than males.
- Average purchase size: 1 - 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm)
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