Scientific Name : Poecilia sphenops
|average adult size:||3 to 5 inches long|
|average life span:||3 - 5 years|
|diet:||omnivore - flakes/pellets|
|minimum aquarium size:||10+ gallons|
A well-balanced Molly diet consists of:
- Food may be flaked, pellet, frozen or live.
- Avoid exclusive food which is not nutritionally complete.
Things to remember when feeding your Molly:
- Feed small amounts 1-3 times daily, no more than fish will eat in 3-5 minutes.
- Thaw frozen foods if you choose to feed frozen.
- Keep in an appropriate size aquarium; provide plants for hiding, various species may prefer sparse or thick vegetation.
- Stable water quality, water temperature, and pH levels are critical to the health of the aquatic life. If you are unsure of your water quality or pH levels, Home Aquatics offers water testing.
- All Freshwater Livebearers do best in groups of three or more of the same species.
- The female is larger and rounder when fully grown.
- The male is slender and has a gonopodium, a modification of the anal fin into a rod shape which is used in the reproductive process.
Daily: Check filter, water temperature and other equipment.
Weekly: Check water quality at least once a week.
Monthly: Change 10-25% of the total volume of water every 2-4 weeks, or as needed.
Introduce new inhabitants to the aquarium gradually.
Mollies are compatible with most species. Mollies may eat very small fry.
Signs of a Healthy Fish
- Clear eyes
- Healthy appetite
- Bright, even coloring
- Clean in appearance
Avoid overcrowded conditions; they are a major cause of stress and disease. Maintain good water quality with regular water changes and adequate filtration.
- loss of color or appetite
- spots or fungus on body or mouth
- erratic swimming
- frayed fins
Common Health Issues
|Health Issue||Symptoms or Causes||Suggested Action|
|Fin rot||Frayed or disintegrating fins; the base of the fins usually reddens.||Improve water quality; consult your aquatic veterinarian for treatment.|
|Ich||White spots appear on fins and body; fish rubs against hard objects or swims awkwardly.|
Quarantine fish immediately; use a commercial ich remedy for at least two weeks
The Molly is generally peaceful but an active swimmer. These social fish like to be kept with their own kind or at least with members of the livebearer family. The males will occasionally squabble amongst themselves but generally without any damage done.
They are livebearers which means that the baby fish come out free swimming. Like their livebearer counterpart, the guppy, the Molly is a prolific breeder and a female will give birth about once every 28 days.
This fish is considered a good community fish. In general, Mollies are peaceful, though it has been noted that behavior is very individual. Some Mollies are markedly more aggressive than average. Males will establish a clear hierarchy and more dominant individuals might extend the hierarchy over other tankmates.
They will eat most fish foods including flakes, frozen, freeze dried and live foods such as brine shrimp.
- Brand: Home Aquatics
- Product Code: Assorted Mollies
- Availability: In Stock