Sheepshead Minnow (Cyprinodon variegatus)

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Sheepshead Minnow

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Sheepshead Minnow

Cyprinodon variegatus

38 Litres (10 US G.)

7.6-15.2cm (3-6 ")


1 - 1.025


5.7 - 8.4

7.8-23.9°C (46 -75 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

1-5 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Sheepshead Pupfish

Additional scientific names

Cyprinodon ellipsoidea


Euryhaline (capable of living in freshwater, brackish, and saltwater). From Massachusetts down to Central, and Northern South America


Males are generally larger and more deep-bodied than the female, with larger dorsal, pelvic and anal fins.

Tank compatibility

Fairly peaceful, and are known to group


Will eat anything that fits in their mouths.

Feeding regime


Environment Specifics

A wide variety of aquariums can accommodate them, can be put in freshwater, brackish, and saltwater


Fairly docile.


A small fish with a thick caudal peduncle, with a short, square caudal fin. The anal fin's origin barely overlaps the trailing edge of the dorsal fin. These can be used to distinguish it from Mummichogs, which share a habitat with them.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • These fish readily spawn without much effort, and so thus are a popular species for aquaculture.

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Videos[edit | edit source]

Brief explanation, and aquarium keeping advice: Brief explanation: In the wild in a mating aggregation: In an aquarium performing a spawning ritual:

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