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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.
|Distribution||Central America, Trinidad, Barbados|
|Size||Up to 12 cm, males usually smaller|
|Water Parameters||Hard, slightly brackish water preferred|
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|
|World of Water - Manchester||Cheshire.||WA15 7PJ|
|The WaterZoo||Peterborough||PE1 2PE|
|Woodford Aquatics||London||E18 1EJ|
|Wholesale Tropicals||London||E2 0AA|
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