Other Molly Names: Molly, Sphenops Molly

Molly Scientific Name: Poecilia sphenops, Gambusia modesta, Gambusia plumbea, Lembesseia parvianalis, Mollienesia altissima, Mollienesia gracilis, Mollienesia macrura, Mollienesia pallida, Mollienesia sphenops altissima, Mollienesia sphenops macrura, Mollienesia sphenops pallida, Mollienesia sphenops vantynei, Mollienesia vantynei, Mollienisia sphenops, Platypoecilus mentalis, Platypoecilus nelsoni, Platypoecilus tropicus, Poecilia boucardii, Poecilia caudata, Poecilia chisoyensis, Poecilia dovii, Poecilia spilonata, Poecilia spilurus, Poecilia tenuis, Poecilia thermalis, Poecilia vandepolli rubensis, Poecilia vetiprovidentiae

Molly (Poecilia sphenops))

Temperature Range: 65°F-82°F
pH Range: 7.4-8.6
Hardness Range: 10-30°

Family: Poeciliidae

Species Type: Livebearers

Molly Adult Size: 4 inches (cm)

Molly Life Expectancy: 4 years

Molly Habitat: Central American river deltas

Molly Minimum Tank Size: 29 gallons

Molly Temperament: Peaceful

Molly Diet & Nutrition: Vegetarian - Does well with vegetable based flake foods but also require algae in its diet.

Molly Description: The molly requires slightly brackish water so aquarium salt should be used in a molly aquarium. Mollies require some algae in their diet so some algae should be left on the glass for them to eat. A very hardy fish, this is a good species for beginners.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Other community fish that need slightly brackish water.

Molly Breeding & Spawning: Mollies are livebearers. Although they are harder to breed than Swordtails and Guppies their breeding is still prolific. Babies will feed on zuccini cut into cubes. Some salt in the water will help with breeding, increase growth rates, and add more colour.

Determining Molly Sex: Sex can be determined by the male's modified anal fin (gonopodium).

Aquarium Region: All over

Molly Diseases: None specific to species

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