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
Species Type: Livebearers
Molly Adult Size: 4 inches (cm)
Molly Life Expectancy: 4 years
Molly Habitat: Central American river deltas
Molly Minimum Tank Size:
Molly Diet & Nutrition:
Vegetarian - Does well with vegetable based flake foods but also require algae in its diet.
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).
None specific to species
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