Marble Lyretail Molly Medium
Mollies are very closely related to the guppies, and are both members of the same genus, Poecilia. Also included in this genus are the platys.
Most mollies that are sold are found in Central America and southern part of the United States. They can be found as either shortfin or sailfin mollies. The shortfin are smaller and the sailfin are bigger. Male mollies have larger dorsal fins than females.
Shortfin mollies: The color on these fish is a greenish/silver with some brown and yellow patterns on them, along with the black spots that will vary. Keeping the tank warm will keep these fish happy. In the wild, you would see them in warm springs and ponds, with some weeds. They feed on both plant and animal matter, but are mostly herbivores. Keep the pH between 7.0-8.0; and the dH between 20-30.
Sailfin mollies: The name describes what this fish can look like. With a fin that can be the size of the fish itself, it is a very nice fish to have in an aquarium, for the display! The size of this fin will determine their mate, and also the rank among other Mollies. The color of these fish is a light grey, but can turn a green-ish blue during breeding. There will be rows of spots, almost to the point of stripes. The black molly is a very popular species of molly. Also feeding on algae and other plants, they occasionally will eat larvae of mosquitos.
Breeding: Keep them in a warm, healthy tank. Keep lots of green in the diet. Most reports of failed breeding are because of the tank and the stress of the fish. Make sure there is plenty of room to swim around, no breeding traps.
Mollies have been selectively breed by fish farmers from around the world to come up with many variation of colors and patterns. The variations is almost limitless with new morphs showing up annually.
TANGANYIKA CICHLIDS SOLD ON THIS SITE ARE GENERALLY 1 TO 2 INCHES. ALL OF THESE FISH ARE SOLD AS UNSEXED JUVENILES. DIFFERENT SIZES WILL BE DESIGNATED IN THE SIZE CHART BELOW. GENDER CHOICE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON SELECTED MEDIUM AND LARGE FISH ONLY.
Small: 1 inch fry (should be kept in a separate tank to grow) some shellies mayl be less than an inch
Regular: 1.00 -1.75 inches
Medium: 2.00 - 2.5 inches
Large: 3-4 inches
If you are stocking a new tank or a tank with cichlids under 2.5 inches you should be safe with small , and regular sizes. If you are stocking a tank that has existing cichlids that are over 3 inches you should only choose regular, or medium sizes.
Most cichlids sold in pet stores are 2 -2.5 inches in size. Our fish are sold smaller because of the demand for these fish and because they ship better at smaller sizes. Our customers have accepted this due to the rarity of the fish offered on our website compared to many of the retail stores. These fish grow so fast, the initial size is less relevant to the quality of genetics and rarity of species. Our regular sized fish will measure between the width of a quarter and the width of a $.50 cent piece. The dynamics of the size is manifested when you know that a 2 inch fish will appear to be 3-4 times the mass of a 1.25 inch fish, since it is not just longer but deeper and thicker and the color is often more robust.
It is important to understand that we sell high quality Tanganyika cichlids mostly from Wild collected breeding stock. These fish are often small because of the high demand for their species. Please remember small fish will grow fast but fish of line bred or hybrids will never be great fish no matter how much the grow. We sell genetics over size here a Bluegrass Aquatics but do promise to send you the largest fish available for the size category you ordered.