Hemirhamphodon tengah

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Hemirhamphodon tengah

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These (Borneo Redline Halfbeak) were on my original stocking list when I reset my tank that I call 'Guilt', six years ago. I couldn't find a supplier for them then or since ... until about three weeks ago. I was/am so excited!

During the 'lockdown' thing I'd fallen into a bit of a torpor as regards fishkeeping matters. Suddenly I was back! Recently I decided to resist putting further stock into Guilt, with the goal of eventually replacing the tank itself. I'd like to play with its planting a bit, which I'm going to do very soon, but other than that I'm trying not to fiddle with it!

Instead I thought I could put some in Hoy 2. I ordered half-a-dozen to see how they'd get on before perhaps increasing their number. The water was already OK for them but according to sources there might have been insufficient surface cover and too great a current.

I had Salvinia (floating plant) corralled in two floating pond rings, so I removed those and added some more Salvinia. I created a patch of still surface water at one end of the tank for them to mooch around in but kept the surface agitation going at the other end. The upwardly-pointing outflow from a small internal filter there creates an area free of Salvinia. It's at the far end in this pic :

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The fish arrived and were installed a few days ago. Following the first day settling down, of course they have all determinedly congregated in the patch of Salvinia-less and relatively turbulent water! So I've renamed them : Hemirhamphodon tengah var. perversus !

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I'm feeding springtails, Daphnia and crunched up flake or granules, all of which they take readily. Very funny to see them identify a bit of food, swim underneath it and keep swimming. Just when you think the food has been missed or ignored, suddenly it disappears.

These fish, unlike other halfbeaks, lay eggs. They also have quite an involved mating dance which I hope to be able to see sometime. Anyway, crossing fingers that they'll be happy at Vale! Towers.

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Halfbeaks are amazing looking fish. I was sold some once with the assurance that they would be a peaceful community fish. @plankton rightly told me keep an eye on them and it was only a matter of minutes before they started trying to eat anything they could fit in their half beaks!! They lasted one sleepless night and went back!

That tank is amazing - more of a canal really! Enjoy your halfbeaks 😁

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Very nice V!. :)
I wonder if you could take them down the pub and play darts with them? ;) :D
(Only joking, honest!!!) ROFL

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I hope I will, thanks R.

These ones are (reportedly) far less aggressive than other halfbeaks. In fact I'm going to remove some Pearl Gourami juveniles because they're a bit too manic for the tengah. I have some in another tank too, and they don't really fit in with my stocking plan for that either ; so I think I'll donate all of them to the local Maidenhead Aquatics from which their parents came.

In fact I'll try to do that today.

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