We imported very nice specimens of the halfbeak Nomorhamphus ebrardtii. This livebearing fish lives endemic (this means: exclusively there) on the island of Sulawesi, formerly known as Celebes. Here the species occurs mainly in smaller brooks. Maximum length of N. ebrardtii is around 6-7 cm.
The bright orange-red fins are very striking as well as the orange stripe on the belly is. However, the intensity of the colours depends much on the social postion of the individual fish. These fish have a strict hierarchy in both males and females. Only dominant specimens have the full strength of coloration. One should keep Nomorhamphus either by pair or in groups of 10 specimens upwards.
The fish need clean, oxygen-rich water. The pH should be neutral (around pH 7). They feed almost exclusively from the water surface. In the natural habitat they feed mainly on insects and most probably on pollen, on the aquarium they take readily food flakes (which should be rather small) and freeze-dried food items.
For our customers: the fish have code 438822 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexikon: Nomorhamphus: means “with about equal beaks”. ebrardtii: dedication name for “Geheimrat” (= privy council) Ebrardt.
Suggestion of a common name: Orange finned halfbeak
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer
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|Herkunft||Indonesien / Indonesia|
|Verfügbare Größe in cm||5-7|