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Brackish and freshwater halfbeaks should be kept in community tanks with other peaceful fish of similar size, especially other halfbeaks. These fish prefer warmer waters in the 75°F to 79°F temperature range with a pH around 6.8 to 7.5 and a water hardness level between 8 and 12 KH. Halfbeaks tend to inhabit the upper levels of the water column and they prefer planted tanks decorated with rocks, caves, and pieces of driftwood. These fish do have a tendency to jump so they need to be kept in a tank with a tight lid. Because these fish require brackish tank conditions they are a little tricky to care for..
Halfbeaks are generally carnivorous fish by nature, feeding on various insects, crustaceans, and smaller fishes. In the home aquarium, these fish should be fed commercial pellets, flakes, or granules designed for carnivorous fish. They should also be offers fresh and frozen foods including tubifex worms, bloodworms, brine shrimp, and more.