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Dermogenys pusillus
Half-beak
van Hasselt, 1823

Dermogenys pusillus - Half-beak - Dermogenys pusillus male.
Dermogenys pusillus male.
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(Other members of the genus Dermogenys)

ADULT SIZE: 10 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C

FOOD: Feed Dermogenys pusillus live and dried foods. As a surface feeder, live flightless fruit fly (drosophila) make an excellent treat for these fish.

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand

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AQUARIUM CARE: The half beaks are charming surface dwelling fish that are prone to fight. They are difficult to keep as they will fight, jump, and damage themselves by slamming into tank sides if scared. They are best kept in a well planted tank with surface vegetation. A challenge even for the most experienced aquarist.

BREEDING: A difficult livebearer that often suffers in captivity. Good feeding is essential to sucessful breeding, including insects, fruit flies etc

Have you bred Dermogenys pusillus? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Dermogenys pusillus breeding reports








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Low light plants Java moss, Java fern, and several of the Anubias species all do fine in low-light conditions. That is not to say that they do not thrive with stronger lighting, but in an aquarium with a lot of floating plants, or one with timid fish that prefer a dimmer tank, these plants are very useful indeed. All are epiphytes; that is to say they need not be planted, and can be attached to stones, bogwood or just left free floating


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