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Posted: Nov 8 2004, 04:52 PM
Prefers: Tropical Aquarium
From: Norfolk, UK
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Common name: Balloon Molly / Potbelly Molly
Scientific name: Poecilia latipinna
Origin: Gulf of Mexico
Maximum size: 2.5 inches
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
Care: An easy fish for beginners. Leave open space at the top of the tank since these fish seem to be more top dwelling then anything else. Tank should have many hiding places but these spaces are more for fry then the adults. Keep 1 male for every 2 females. These fish come in a variety of colors and are very attractive in large numbers. Colors include but are not limited to pearl, dalmation, sunset, black, bronze, and marble. There are also lyretail balloon molly and sailfin balloon molly varieties. House with other peaceful community fish such as tetras, gourami, and other livebearers.
Feeding: Tropical flake, frozen, live, and freezedried foods are accepted. Very big eaters!
Sexing: Since these are big bellied fish it is sometimes hard to tell males from females. Females have a square stomach while males are more rounded. Also look for a pointed anal fin in males called a gonopodium. Females anal fins are rounded and resemble a fan.
Breeding: Just add water . These fish give birth to live young. Justation period for these fish is 50-60 days. Females can store sperm for long periods of time so even if you have no males in your tank your females still might continue to give birth every 2 months or so. Fry are easily raised on crushed flake food.
Comments: Since these fish are highly inbred the life expectancy is only a year to a year and a half. Fry also grow slower and are not of a sellable size until 6-8 months of age.
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