Platinum Halfbeak

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Platinum Halfbeak Care Guide


Platinum Halfbeaks (Dermogenys spp.) are small, surface-dwelling fish known for their sleek, metallic appearance and distinctive beak-like mouths. They are relatively easy to care for and make a unique addition to community tanks.

Tank Setup

  • Size: Minimum 10 gallons.
  • Substrate: Fine gravel or sand.
  • Filtration: Gentle to moderate; avoid strong currents.
  • Decor: Floating plants, gentle decorations, and open swimming areas.
  • Water:
    • Temperature: 72-82°F (22-28°C)
    • pH: 7.0-8.0
    • Hardness: Moderately hard (10-20 dGH)


  • Diet: Omnivorous; provide a mix of flake foods, small live or frozen foods (e.g., daphnia, brine shrimp), and occasional vegetable matter.


  • Water Changes: 20-30% weekly to maintain water quality.
  • Tankmates: Peaceful community fish; avoid aggressive or fin-nipping species.


  • Common Issues: Monitor for signs of stress or disease. Maintain a clean tank and stable water conditions to prevent health problems.

By following these guidelines, your Platinum Halfbeaks will thrive and showcase their unique, shiny appearance.

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