Molly fish with the Latin name Poecilia Sp is one type of small freshwater ornamental fish with unique body shape and has a variety of attractive colors.
The size of these fish only reaches a maximum of 12 cm when they are adults. Where the body size of the female is greater than the body size of the male.
With its small size, you don’t need a big aquarium to keep this fish.
The color of this fish is also very interesting and has a variety of interesting colors depending on the type.
Some are spots, some are patterned, some are black, and so on so that this fish is pleasing to the eye.
Also, this fish is not aggressive so that this fish can be put together with various other types of ornamental fish.
Care of these fish is also quite easy with a fast-breeding process. So no wonder many ornamental fish lovers who keep these fish in the aquarium.
This fish is included in all-eating fish or omnivores that means that Molly likes all kinds of food such as hairworms, blood worms, pellets, and so on.
Molly’s fish globally are divided into several groups namely Short-fin Molly (shortfin), Sailfin Molly (longfin), and Lyretail Molly (fork tail). Where each – each group still has several types of fish.
Along with the development of the times, more and more people are doing cross-marriages and genetic mutations between one molly with another. It aims to get different results from the types of molly fish that already exist.
Here are some of the molly fish types you should know.
1. Molly Balloon
Molly Balloon is one of the most popular types of molly among ornamental fish lovers.
As the name suggests, Molly Balloon has a large belly and protruding like a balloon. When this fish is pregnant, its stomach appear will be bigger than usual or as if it will explode.
These fish can breed easily, they will become pregnant for 6 to 8 weeks which will produce dozens of mollies fish puppies.
The very varied colors of these balloon molly include colored stripes, red, yellow, orange, and so forth.
2. Black Molly
Just like molly balloons, this type of black molly is also quite popular and is the belle for ornamental fish lovers in Indonesia.
With the jet black color they have, this molly is called black Molly. That color is what makes this fish unique and different from the others.
3. Golden Molly
Golden molly is one type of molly which is quite rare because its entire body is a very beautiful golden color.
4. Molly Golden Black
Molly Golden Black
Molly Golden Black is a molly that is unique in its very beautiful body color, which is golden with black spots.
5. Silver Molly
As the name suggests, silver molly has a silver color that wraps its body. A very beautiful and beautiful color for an ornamental fish.
6. Molly Marbel
Molly Marble is also very popular among ornamental fish lovers. This fish is the result of cross-breeding, which then produces a type called molly marble.
The name marble itself comes from a very interesting physical style that is predominantly white with black patches in it.
7. Lyretail Molly
This molly lyretail has uniqueness in a tapered tail and forms the letter U. Thus, it is difficult to find lyretail molly and is included in the most expensive type of mollies fish.
8. White Pot Belly Molly
White Potbelly Molly
This type of molly fish is also very unique, its uniqueness is its body which has a round body shape and is smaller than the other types of molly.
9. Sailfin Molly
The Latin fish named Poecilia Latipinna originates from the San Antonio Texas river which is much sought after by ornamental fish lovers in Indonesia.
This Molly Sailfin fish has fins on the back of its large, wide back with colored edges.
Sailfin Molly can live more or less about 3 years.
The various types of molly sailfin include molly sailfin green, molly sailfin black, molly sailfin harlequin, molly sailfin silver, molly sailfin dalmatian, molly sailfin marbled, molly sailfin chocolate, molly sailfin gold, molly sailfin creamsicle, and molly sailfin tangerine.
All of them are the same type of sailfin, it’s just that they have different colors and shapes.
10. Yucatan Molly
Latin fish named Poecilia Velifera comes from the Yucatan Peninsula which is also included in the sailfin molly which has a maximum body size of only up to 12 cm.
Yucatan Molly is red and has a hint of white on the abdomen. With its wide fins, this fish looks more beautiful.
11. Wild Green Sailfin Molly
Wild Green Sailfin Molly
As the name implies, this fish is also included in Sailfin Molly with the Latin name Poecilia Petenensis. This fish comes from the Central American region.
Wild Green Sailfin Molly is one of the largest species of molly fish that inhabit Lake Peten in Guatemala.
The body size of this male fish can reach 15 cm or more. While the female can be even bigger.
The body color of this fish is diverse, there are gray and greenish-gray with the tips of the fins orange.
12. Liberty Molly
Liberty Molly Latin name Poecilia Salvatoris is one of the mollies fish belonging to the group of short-fin molly or short fins.
This Molly Liberty comes from El Savador which has a maximum body size of only about 8 cm. This fish is also quite aggressive and often bites other fish fins. This makes people lazy to maintain it.
13. Molly Hybrids
Molly hybrids are the result of cross-breeding between species from one molly to another to produce a more attractive molly to see.
How to breeding Molly Fish?
Molly’s fish, including fish that is very easy to be breeding. The female can give birth to hundreds of molly puppies when laying eggs which will be able to swim right away.
Here are some ways that you can do to molly fish breeds :
- Prepare an aquarium with a capacity of 30 gallons or about 112 liters, because with a large aquarium can reduce stress levels in fish and also to avoid bullying from male fish.
- Combine one male molly with several female mollies. The differences between male molly and female molly are as follows: Male molly: head size is smaller than female molly, the body size is longer, male belly shape is more pufferfish, there are small long fins under the back of the abdomen, and upper fins are wider and large. Molly Female: the size of the head is rather large compared to male molly, the body size is shorter, the shape of the abdomen is somewhat puzzled, the upper fins are smaller but wide, there are broad and short fins under the back of the abdomen.
- Give water with warm temperatures which are around 25 ° C – 27 ° C.
- Give good food so that the fish avoid stress.
- After they mate, they need to wait 3-5 weeks for the female fish to give birth to their offspring.
- After the child is born, it is better to separate the offspring from the mother, because Molly will tend to eat the child. Molly usually eats her child when not enough food is given.
Tips for Molly Fish Care Guide
Tips for Molly Fish Care Guide
For those of you who want to care for molly fish at home, you don’t need to worry because this molly is very easy to care for and does not require special care.
This molly is also a non-aggressive fish, so you can put other small ornamental fish in aquarium such as lemon gourami or mini gourami, cherry barb, platy, pleco, and so on.
We suggest that you should give your friends a molly that has the same size.
Keep giving room for molly, because if it is narrow it will easily stress and become very aggressive and attack other fish.
Do not give random food for molly fish, especially if you provide food that does not have good fiber content.
So, keep giving your good molly food friends, like boiled cucumber vegetables, lettuce, or pumpkin, as well as natural molly pellets of small brine shrimp, blood worms, and also tubifex worms.
Those are some types of molly fish that you should know along with how to breed and some tips that you might be able to practice at home.
Hopefully, the information above can be useful for readers. Thank you:)