Fish Tank Lab

Belonesox belizanus

pike livebearer

Basic Info

Scientific Name: Belonesox belizanus
Type: Fresh water fish
Family: Poeciliidae
Origin zone: North and Central America
Origin: mexico, honduras
Max length: 20 cm
Temperature: 26 - 30 C
pH: 7 - 7.5
gH: 20 - 40
Water flow: Strong flowing water
Preferred tank level: Middle-Surface

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You should keep this predatory fish together with other larger fishes, because smaller fish are eaten. The aquarium should be set up with plants that can live in very hard water such as Giant Vallisneria, and driftwood and roots that make hiding places. A strong filter is necessary. You should add some salt to the water. (1 spoon at 10 liters of water)You should give them large live food such as fish. Breeding is very easy in a large aquarium. They are viviparous and up to 100 young fishes are born regularly. Because the parents think it is food you should remove the young immediately. When they are born they are already 2-3 cm (1") large. You can raise them with fine crushed dry food. They grow quickly.


Information contributed by: Gruppo Acquariofilo Fiorentino


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FTL ID: 108 Last update: 2012-10-26 12:55:05


The minimum size of the tanks shown are intended, depending on the species considered, for a single individual, a couple or the smaller group of individuals for schooling fish. Depending on fish temper, territoriality, or vivacity, breeding with other animals of the same species or different species may require larger tanks.
Pictures usually show adults. Depending on the age and sex, there may be significant variations in the color of the specimens.

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