find a fish
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

search this site

Custom Search

Species Profile | Images | Breeding Report | Similar Species


click here for the livebearer species list

back to the livebearer index

Poecilia sphenops
Molly, Short-Finned Molly, Black Molly, Liberty Molly
breeding notes

BREEDING: Mollies, like other widely available livebearers, are very easily bred, with tens or hundreds of fry produced every few weeks. Adults will eat fry, and although some will always survive, adults (or fry) can be removed to increase survival rates.

Have you bred Poecilia sphenops? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?


This page summarises breeding reports provided by visitors to this site, along with some statistical analysis. Please feel free to contribute - whatever your experience!

1 breeder has filled in a breeding report, a summary of which is shown in the graphs below. You can read the full reports here.

To add details of your experiences of Poecilia sphenops, why not fill in a Breeding and maintenance Report.

Would Poecilia sphenops be a good addition to a community tank?
graph1
  1. Never
  2. Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
  3. Only with species of similar size
  4. Yes, a good community fish

How would you describe the disposition of Poecilia sphenops?
graph2
  1. Very timid
  2. Slightly timid
  3. Neutral
  4. Somewhat aggresive on occasions
  5. Very aggressive

In which water conditions do you keep these fish?
graph3
  1. Very soft and acidic
  2. Moderately soft and acidic
  3. Neutral
  4. Moderately hard and alkaline
  5. Very hard and alkaline

At what average temperature?
graph4
  1. 10-15°C
  2. 16-19°C
  3. 20-23°C
  4. 24-27°C
  5. 28°C+

What, if any is the biggest difficulty encountered when breeding these fish?
graph5
  1. Poor egg production
  2. Poor egg survival
  3. Poor fry survival rate
  4. Deformities
  5. Skewed sex ratio

In general, how difficult is Poecilia sphenops to keep and breed?
graph7
  1. Very easy
  2. Easy
  3. Average
  4. Difficult
  5. Very difficult

How sucessful have you been at breeding Poecilia sphenops?
graph8
  1. Very unsucessful
  2. Fairly unsucessful
  3. Average
  4. Fairly sucessful
  5. Very sucessful


Remember, each record represents only one persons experience; if you had different results, or used different methods, please share your experiences


Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Somewhat aggresive on occasions Community tank?: Yes, a good community fish
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)Breeding problems:
Poor fry survival rate
Sex ratio: Breeding difficulty: Easy
Sucess: Fairly sucessfulYears Experience: 5
Other Comments: We have a pair in our community tank - fry appear with some regularity, but quite a few disappear - maybe eaten by other fish? Not a big problem, I guess the toughest/fastest survive!
Date this record created: 1st May 2016Breeding date: 2016
Breeder: Location: Lancashire, UK







© 1999-2018 all rights reserved.

Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Many aquarium species are territorial; these should only be kept with other fish in a larger tank with space for each. In a well-stocked dealers tank there is no chance to set up a territory, but problems will arise once introduced into your home community aquarium


Have a look at some of these related sites

killifish information
paludarium information
cichlids for sale