Poecilia velifera
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Poecilia velifera

Common Names: Sailfin Molly
Yuctan Sail-Fin Molly
Synonyms: Mollienesia velifera
Family: Poeciliidae
Category: Livebearers
Distribution: America - Central; Central America.
Main Ecosystem: Stream; Stream
Temperament: Peaceful; Peaceful.
Diet: Herbivore; Herbivore
Care: Feed with vegetable-based flakes, algae, and boiled lettuce. Don't clean algae off back glass as Sailfin Mollies need algae for survival. Adult Sailfin Mollies do best in brackish water.
7.5 - 8.6
24°C - 28°C
75°F - 82°F
12 dH - 20 dH
Potential Size: Male: 13cm (5.1")
Female: 13cm (5.1")
Water Region: All; All
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Sex can be easily determined by the male's modified anal fin (gonopodium) and by the male's tall dorsal finnage.
Breeding: Sailfin Mollies are livebearers, and will breed readily. Best bred in ponds where they will achieve thier full size and colour. A good set of parents can have as many as 120 fry. The fry are born rather large, and develop fast. May take up to a year or more however for the males to develop the fine dorsal fin.
Comments: A beautiful but sometimes demanding fish. Most mollies have been domesticated like the guppies. Bred for their colors and shapes, as well as their long and fanciful finnage. However, this is one of the rare occasions where the fish actually comes like this from the wild. In the wild, this fish has these large and long dorsal fins. Which in most cases, is a rarity for wild fish.
Main Colours: Green, Gold
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Upturned
Tail: Convex
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Submitted By: Adam
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