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")


1 - 1.015


6.0 - 8.0

25 -30 °C (77-86°F)

9-19 °d

1:3 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



Additional names

Piketop Minnow, Topminnow

Additional scientific names

Belonesox belizanus maxillosus, Belonesox maxillosus

Origin[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

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

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An active mid-top dwelling predator.

Identification[edit | edit source]

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.

Pictures[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Breeding behaviour: Female giving birth:

External links[edit | edit source]