Re: NANFA-- RE: Help w/a new fish

Mysteryman (
Mon, 23 Feb 2004 15:32:52 -0800

Richard Rego wrote:
> Hey All,
> I have a quick question regarding a new fish I picked up. It's not a
> North American native. I have searched the internet over and over and can
> only find sparse information on it. The fish is scientifically known as,
> _Chela cachius_. It is a cyprinid-type fish found in fresh to brackish
> waters, it comes from India and vicinity.
> Has anyone kept these? Bred them? Some of you may have more fish books
> than I. Could you take a quick look through them and see if you can find
> something on them (or on Chela in general), It would be much appreciated.
All I've been able to find is that while it's called the Silver Hatchet
Danio due to it's very deep body shape, it is really regarded as being
in the same group as Rainbows and Pseudomugils. However, there are
others who would call it a Rasbora. It is apparently found in estuarine
areas, from what I gather, and seems to be a popular addition to
brackish tanks in Europe, where it seems to be a much more popular
aquarium fish than it is here in the USA. It also seems to be a popular
bioassay fish used in environmental impact and pollution studies.

Not much help, I'm afraid, but maybe someone who reads German can tell
you more.
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