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Poecilia sphenops
Molly, Short-Finned Molly, Black Molly, Liberty Molly
Valenciennes, 1846

Poecilia sphenops - Molly, Short-Finned Molly, Black Molly, Liberty Molly - Mollies exist in very many colour forms
Mollies exist in very many colour forms
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(Other members of the genus Poecilia)

ADULT SIZE: 10 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 18-28 C

FOOD: Feed Poecilia sphenops anything, a true omnivore. Although they will eat most foods, and readily accept flake, they do require a vegetable component to their diet; leave some algae in their tank on which they can graze.

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Belize, Guyana, Mexico

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AQUARIUM CARE: The Molly, like other members of the Poecilia genus, are well known in aquarist circles, with very many colour strains available. They are not as easily maintained as some other livebearers, and although widely available, should perhaps be avoided by the new aquarist.

Their natural habitat is in fresh and sometimes brackish waters in Central America; adding a small amount of salt to their tank is possible, but certainly not necessary.

They are a very hardy species, perhaps a little more aggressive than similar species such as the Platy, but in general make great community tank subjects.

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?, or examine existing Poecilia sphenops breeding reports








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Should I get rid of snails? Snails in the aquarium can be very useful. Many fishkeepers tend to overfeed a little, and this extra food sinks to the bottom and decays, polluting the aquarium water. Snails will happily come and eat up the left overs though - if you have an outbreak of snails you are most likely overfeeding your fish! If you really do want to remove snails, fish like the clown loach, and several puffers will eat them - but do make sure they are compatible with the other fish in your tank


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