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How to look after
Molly, Short-Finned Molly, Black Molly, Liberty Molly
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.
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.