Piketop Minnow (Belonesox belizanus)

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Piketop Minnow

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Piketop Minnow

Belonesox belizanus

246 Litres (65 US G.)

12-14 cm (4.7-5.5")

sg

1 - 1.015

pH

6.0 - 8.0

25 -30 °C (77-86°F)

9-19 °d

1:3 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years

Family

Poeciliidae



Additional names

Piketop Minnow, Topminnow

Additional scientific names

Belonesox belizanus maxillosus, Belonesox maxillosus


Origin

North and Central America: Laguna San Julian, northeast of Ciudad Veracruz in Mexico to Costa Rica. Southern Gulf of Mexico, southern Yucatan and along Central American coast south to Nicaragua.

Sexing

Mature males have a gonopodium. Mature females are large than males.

Tank compatibility

An active mid-top dwelling fish. Will eat fish smaller than itself but is relatively peaceful towards fish too large to eat. Should be housed with robust yet peaceful fish larger than the Minnow.

Diet

An active predator which should take most foods include floating flake and pellets as well as live/frozen foods like bloodworm.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Provide this fish with a mature spacious tank without very bright lighting and a secure lid, this fish may jump!

Behaviour

An active mid-top dwelling predator.

Identification

A large and unusual livebearer which is Gar-like in shape. It is olive-green to cream-brown in colour with some spotting and iridescence on the flanks. The snout is very pointed.

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Breeding behaviour: Female giving birth:

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