Balloon Assorted Lyretail Molly

Poeciliidae Latipinna more commonly known as the Sailfin Molly is one of the favorites among beginners. Its easiness to breed and to adapt to extreme water conditions makes it a...
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Poeciliidae Latipinna more commonly known as the Sailfin Molly is one of the favorites among beginners. Its easiness to breed and to adapt to extreme water conditions makes it a great fish to start. However, a little knowledge is still required to raise and breed this species successfully. In the wild, sailfin mollies are found in the shallow waters of streams, ponds and estuaries of North Carolina to Texas and Mexico. They are also found in the Eastern Indian Ocean as well as in South Japan and Taiwan. They often hide underneath floating vegetation to escape predators.
Sailfin Mollies can live in all three types of water. Fresh and Brackish water seem to be most adapted for this fish but stories show that some hobbyist have successfully kept this small Poeciliidae in marine water. As a rule of thumb, one teaspoon of marine salt per liter of water is recommended.
Sailfin mollies comportment is somewhat peaceful. During the breeding season, males can become more aggressive against each other but they still are great community fish. Because of its popularity among hobbyists and its easiness to breed, this fish has become widely available and numerous varieties can be noticed. Nowadays you can find silver, black and mottled varieties. Some other varieties are a mix of these ones. Wild Poeciliidae Latipinnas are light gray. Their dorsal fin is quite developed (especially in males). Their small head and oblong body are typical of the Poeciliidae family.
Optimum condition to keep this species in captivity will include lots of plants (especially if attending to breed them) and large open swimming areas. Mollies like their water hard and alkaline with a dH included between 15 and 20 and a pH higher than 7.5. If no salt is added to the tank, try to keep the water as hard and alkaline as possible.
In the wild, being only 4” long, they are the at the bottom of the food chain and are constantly threatened by predators (bigger fish).
Poeciliidae Latipinna is omnivorous. Their diet is pretty broad, including algae, spinach, frozen and live food as well as flakes. This fish is a great species for any beginners. They are much forgiven regarding water conditions and are a very nice addition to any community tank.

Breeding: Breeding Poeciliidae Latipinna is quite an easy task. If you have a pair of this species in your tank, chances are that they already have mate. Indeed, no particular care is required to breed this species. Mollies are livebearers; they give birth to already formed babies.
Sexual differentiation can be observed by the dorsal fin. The male’s dorsal fin is more developed than its counterparts. Furthermore, its fin is more colorful (especially in breeding season) and they have a gonopodium (extension of the anal fin). Females are larger than males. When pregnant, their bellies become larger and a gravid spot (dark spot) appears at the base of their anal fin.
Male Mollies are usually the ones engaging the breeding process. Once seduced, the female gets injected with sperm by the male’s gonopodium. One fertilization can have the female pregnant for up to 4 to 5 batches. These fish are very productive and a healthy female can give birth every 4 to 5 weeks. The gestation period last for approximately 3 to 4 weeks depending on water temperature. When ready to give birth, the pregnant female usually hides in a corner of the tank. Anywhere between 10 to 100 babies are released. At this point it is recommended putting the babies in a separate tank where they will be away from any other hungry fish. Parental care is inexistent. Babies can be raised with crushed flakes.

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