Sailfin Molly
Behaviour Peaceful, males occasionally squabble
Typical size 10cm
Max size 14cm
Tank Area Middle, top
Min Tank Size 90cm
Temp Min: 24℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live, vegetable based foods
pH Range 7.5-8.5
Hardness m,h,vh
Sailfin Molly Poecilia velifera
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Sailfin Molly

Poecilia velifera

The Sailfin Molly's instant attraction is the huge dorsal fin that is displayed by the males, which literally rises like a sail and is used to impress females and show dominance over other males. Sailfin Molly's are generally very hardy, adaptable and make a good addition to a community aquarium. A little aquarium salt is recommended to reduce the chances of the fish becoming ill. Should be kept in aquariums with plenty of swimming space and hiding spots amongst hardy plants. Sailfin Molly's are excellent algae eaters and should be given some vegetable or algae matter in their diet. With careful acclimatization, Sailfin Molly's will do well in brackish water and even in fully saltwater conditions.

Family Poeciliidae (Poeciliids) | Synonyms Molliensia velifera, Poecilia latipinna | Other names Giant Sailfin Molly, Yucutan Molly, Sail Fin Molly, Green Sailfin Molly | Origin Central America; Mexico | Breeding Livebearer, females are fertilized internally | Natural Water Conditions pH 8, medium to hard | Natural Habitat Freshwater and brackish vegetated waters | Sexing Only the males have the enlarged dorsal fin. Males are also thinner and have a pointed anal fin

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