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Pet Molly Fish For Sale
Molly fish (Poecilia sphenops) are one of the most colorful, and most popular aquarium fish. Most Mollies are very active swimmers, and chase each other, but are rarely too aggressive. Female Mollies release live baby fish about once a month when kept in good water, and fed lots of premium food. Keep at most one Molly per gallon, when they're small. Molly fish are said to be brackish water fish (freshwater mixed with saltwater) but the rate of saltwater should be very weak. There are numerous types of molly fish but the most common type held in aquariums is known as the short finned mollies.
Scientific Name: Poecilia sphenops
Common Name: Short-finned Molly, Common Molly.
Size: Standard size of male fish is 3.2″ (8cm) and female fish is 4.8″ (12cm)
Origin: Molly ancestors originally lived in coastal areas of southern Mexico & Central America in freshwater, brackish water, and saltwater.
Habitat: These freshwater fish like to swim around constantly and really utilize the aquarium space. A 20 gallon aquarium should be the bare minimum for a size on keeping these fish. Larger Mollys need up to 5-gallons per Molly. Pet Molly fish do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water. Live Plant Options: Water Sprite, Java Ferns and non-toxic driftwood.
Diet: In the wild, mollies are omnivores and feed on small invertebrates, algae and plant matter. In the home aquarium, Molly fish should be fed a high quality flake food, and a variety of vegetables. Molly fishes favorite vegetables are blanched zucchini medallions, cucumber medallions and shelled peas. If you don’t have the time to cut and blanch vegetables, then a spirulina based pellet or flake can take the place of plant matter in their diet. In order to get them into breeding condition, pet Molly fish should also be fed live or frozen foods as a treat. Their favorite frozen foods are bloodworms, daphnia, and brine shrimp. Pet Molly fish will also greedily accept any live foods that you can find to feed to them, with live blackworms, bloodworms, daphnia and brine shrimp being special favorites.
Temperament: Mollies are popular in community aquariums, but you must keep an eye on them if you combine them with species that have long and flowing fins. They are for the most part very peaceful and to themselves but are known to sometimes harass such species by nipping their fins. If you want to combine Mollies with species that have long and delicate fins, you should ideally choose specimens that are much bigger than the Mollies or aggressive enough to fend off a harassing Molly. They are not considered schooling fish. They form smaller groups with a very strict hierarchy, typically led by the male with biggest fins and the strongest coloration. Combining one male with several females and keeping only one male Molly in the aquarium is recommended.
Difficulty Rating: Easy, very good for freshwater beginners if keeping a single sex. Keeping both sexes could cause problems since this fish is such a prolific breeder.
Captive Requirements: In any aquarium that contains both male and female mollies, you should try to maintain a ration of three females to every male. Male mollies will relentlessly mate with any females in the tank, and if their attention isn’t divided between several females, then the female they focus on will eventually become highly stressed and may even die from the constant mating attempts.
Reef Tank Compatibility: Recommended tank mates for pet Mollies include Corydoras Catfish, Danios, Barbs, Rainbowfish, Plecostomus Catfish, Swordtails, Gouramis, and other medium sized freshwater fish.
Reproduction: After owning molly fish or any livebearer for some time, you will quickly find out how much they breed. Any molly fish can breed with another breed of molly. This makes for a crazy successful breeding platform. Being livebearers, they do give 'live birth' to their babies. Female Molly fish are usually always pregnant with babies and that's how you can cosmetically tell the difference between males and females. The parents will feed on their newly born young and that makes for a nice snack. It's pretty disturbing but you get over it. If they didn't eat their own young.. there would be molly fish everywhere... It's not uncommon to see 1-3 babies swimming in your tank that somehow survived the birth and feeding of the newborns while you were at work all day.
Additional Information: If pet Molly fish are in a community tank, then the best way to ensure some of their fry survive is to add some floating plants or some dense plants like Java moss. While the baby pet Molly fish are born highly developed, their small size will still allow for larger fish to eat them. The more plants that an aquarium has, the better chance that some fry will reach adulthood. Floating plants are the best choice, as fry can easily hide from adult fish in the dense vegetation near the surface.
Water Requirements: Mollies are most comfortable from about 78 to 82 degrees F. pH level: 7-8.
Life Span: 3-5 years
Determining Sex: Female Molly fish are usually always pregnant with babies and that's how you can cosmetically tell the difference between males and females, and the fin differences.