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Poecilia latipinna (Sailfin Molly)

The sailfin molly is a large, herbivorous livebearer that is available in a variety of artificial forms. The wild form is greenish-silver. Males have dramatically larger dorsal fins that they use to display to females.

These are naturally inhabitats of coastal streams and benefit from the addition of a small amount of salt to the water. A specific gravity of 1.002 to 1.005 is ideal. They can be adapted to higher salinities as well, and even to fully marine conditions if required.

While they can be kept in fresh water, the pH and hardness levels must be high; in water that is acidic or soft these fish are plagues with fungal infections, fin rot, and other unpleasant diseases.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Mollies are peaceful and easy to keep with other fish. They are very bold, and will feed on virtually anything, but greenstuffs are important. Slices of cucumber and cooked peas make a good supplement to a staple diet of vegetarian flake food. In addition, they will eat some alage in the aquarium. Mollies relish bloodworms and other small live foods.

Breeding is easy, and the fry are usually ignored by their parents. They can be raised on algae, powdered flake, and small live foods.

Family Group: Livebearers
Distribution Central America, Trinidad, Barbados
Temperature 24-28C
Size Up to 12 cm, males usually smaller
Water Parameters Hard, slightly brackish water preferred
Water PH 7.5-8.0

Shop stock

The latest shops to have this fish stocked in-store are listed below. Click on a shop name for full shop details, or click the link below the shops to view ALL shops that stock this fish.

Maidenhead Aquatics @ Crowland Peterborough PE6 0JB View shop
World of Water - Manchester Cheshire. WA15 7PJ View shop
The WaterZoo Peterborough PE1 2PE View shop
Woodford Aquatics London E18 1EJ View shop
Wholesale Tropicals London E2 0AA View shop
Wildwoods Middlesex EN2 9BP View shop

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