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TankMAster 07-15-2010 03:10 AM

New Livebearer Species Found!

This fish above is called a halfbeak. Although it's not a new fish, it's been rarely seen around the world.

These are such beautiful fish. There are sub species/ strains like the wrestling halfbeak and the common silver halfbeak.

Nice addition to any tropical themed tank...

I guess mollies, guppies and the platy have a new (old) member in their family.

Anyone have these for sale?




I'm going fishing on the South Coast of Kwa zulu natal in Durban South Africa. There's a really lively river mouth I want to setup some traps in. I hope there's some fish worth keeping. I hear that there might be Freshwater Halfbeaks in there (not brackish).

Anyone tried the DIY bottle trap?

TexasTanker 07-15-2010 03:24 AM

Curious looking critter. I'm hoping that's a bloodworm in his mouth and not some weird lip thing. I've never seen one before. Cool.

TankMAster 07-15-2010 03:47 AM

Actually, it's the 'beak'. Seems a bit deformed most other pics searched in Google have spine like beaks. Could be a breeding defect.

TexasTanker 07-15-2010 03:55 AM

reminds me of a mosquito. Don't know why.

TankMAster 07-15-2010 05:31 AM

Freshwater Marlin! Lol:-P

Oldman47 07-20-2010 10:41 PM

Halfbeaks are not rare. Guppies, platies, swords and mollies are far from the only readily obtainable livebearers. I have at least a dozen livebearers from the goodeid group of species that bear no resemblance to them, along with Brachyrhaphis roseni, Limias of two different species and even Xenophallus, Heterandria formosa and even Girardinus metallicus, "black chins". Livebearers in a typical pet shop are an almost insignificant selection compared to the wide number available, even to a typical amateur breeder like me. Please don't take this as a criticism. If you have not been exposed to the rich selection of species available to a livebearer enthusiast, it is not your fault but that of the shops who only stock the most popular of species.

TankMAster 07-27-2010 12:31 PM

It's merely a question of availability and popularity.

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