Black Molly. 10 gallon tank. Live bearers so only one gender (males?) and they mix well with other community fish.
there were no visible signs of illness; do you have any idea what we could have done/could do differently? I love these fish, and loved that little black molly…we called her Billie Holiday. :-))
is a species of fish, of the genus , known under the common name molly; to distinguish it from its , it is sometimes called short-finned molly or common molly. They inhabit fresh water streams and coastal brackish and marine waters of . The wild-type fish are a dull silvery color, often sprinkled black all over. The common molly can produce fertile hybrids with many species, most importantly the . The male black mollies generally tend to be mildly aggressive.
My Black Lyretail Molly fish. Love!
My Black Lyretail Molly fish. Love!
A hugely popular fish. Many -bred colour morphs of this are available, including the black molly. There are also Gold, Green, Lyretail, Silver and Dalmation varieties. Some of these are the results of being crossed with P. latipinna. The 2 will also readily in the and in order to avoid this we suggest keeping only one of them per . There also exists a (in our opinion) grotesque ‘balloon’ variety of this fish in which the body is malformed and rounded, giving a balloon-like appearance. This condition can cause swimbladder and digestive problems and may bring about premature death. It is possibly to identify the ancestors ofthe aquarium fish though, and doing so reveals some valuable clues asto the optimal conditions under which these fish should be maintained. and are two rathersimilar species both known as shortfin mollies. They are both rathervariable in terms of colour, though typically greenish-silver withpatterns of olive, brown, yellow, and black spots. It is often said,though not without any overwhelmingly compelling evidence, that in particular was the 'rootstock' fromwhich most of the aquarium strains of molly were derived by carefulcrossing with other species of molly displaying desirable features.The Molly is a tropical fish that prefers a little salt in their water. A teaspoon of aquarium salt per 5 gallons of water will go a long way in helping them. You may also see them in saltwater tanks from time to time. There is a local reef store here that keeps black molly fish in a regular saltwater tank with similar sized species. The molly is a very attractive tropical fish that comes in many different colors such as orange, green and black. Some of the more popular varieties include the sailfin, balloon and the dalmation.Really, the only shortcoming to the black molly is its need for hard, alkaline water. Of course, this isn't really a problem for aquarists in the South East, and is in fact something of a plus. Unlike all those neons and dwarf cichlids that demand soft and acidic water to do well, here's one fish that just standard issue London tap water. However, if you are keeping a soft water aquarium or have a planted tank with CO2 fertilisation, chances are the hardness and pH will be too low for the black molly. Ideally, this molly wants a pH of at least 7.5 and the water does need to be at least moderately hard. The addition of salt isn't strictly necessary, but many people have found that it does help to keep mollies healthy and free of diseases like fungus and fin-rot; in this case, raising the specific gravity to around 1.002-1.005 will do the trick nicely and allow you to mix in a few brackish water fish as well.