Sailfin Molly Breeding. She is not only five inches long, but look at the depth of her body. I hope to rebuild our molly stocks. Live Black Molly Fish Babies. The outcrossing to be followed by another round of inbreeding. The dorsal fins are the most distinctive character: Those of the sailfin molly have less than 15 fin rays, counting where the fin meets the back, whereas the Yucatan molly has 18-19 (intermediate numbers may indicate hybrids). The Sailfin Molly can grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) in the wild, but reaches only about 4 - 5 inches (6 - 12 cm) in the aquarium. Its diet is that of an omnivorous fish, feeding on flake, frozen and freeze-dried foods. latipinna: from the Latin latus (wide, broad) and pinna(fin). The habitat of mollies in the wild can vary quite a bit. While Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath set back most of our molly breeding programs, four of our experimental GGSM breeding colonies survived. The sailfin molly is found in freshwater habitats from North Carolina to Texas and the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. A female Sailfin Molly fish will give birth to 10 to 140 live young Molly fish, but not at the same time. This might be a good place to mention the benefits of inbreeding. I also have a bunch of fancy sailfin mollies however, I have failed to find any fancy mollies remotely close in quality to yours. In aquariums Mollys can grow to be about 5" long, including their tails. Some confusion occurs with the Yucatan molly, P. velifera. The body of the sailfin molly is essentially oblong. I’ll explain. My livebearer tank with my wild Sailfin Mollies. See the male at the top of the blog for comparison. The sailfin mollie is arguably one of the most exotic fish available of any genus. One thing that domestic sailfin mollies do not require in their water is salt. The sailfin molly was originally described in 1821 as Mollienesia latipinna by the naturalist Charles Alexandre Lesueur, who based his description upon specimens from freshwater ponds in the vicinity of New Orleans, Louisiana. Mollys are one of the most colorful, and most popular aquarium fish. For good measure and to introduce some additional genetic variation, P. mexicana was added to the mix. Gold Sailfin Molly Pair Med $ 20.48 Marble Molly Sm/md $ 3.65 $ 2.92 SALE. Aquarists have developed many color variations in this species (variation occurs naturally in the wild), with melanistic, leucistic, albino, and speckled forms known. A good point. Alex, We will probably start selling some next spring. (Trematoda: Haploporidae), International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-2.RLTS.T191748A58335451.en, "Arizona State Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan", "Status of the Desert Pupfish, Cypronidon macularius (Baird and Girard), in California", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sailfin_molly&oldid=986183358, Freshwater fish of the Southeastern United States, Articles with dead external links from May 2018, Articles with permanently dead external links, Articles with unsourced statements from November 2014, Articles with unsourced statements from August 2014, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 October 2020, at 08:57. I currently have P. Velifera from Greg Sage and P. Latipinna from Florida. Author Note: The only exception for tank size revolves around the sailfin molly. The sailfins you buy in the store are farm-raised in hard, alkaline water. They have adapted to lots of different water conditions, including a tolerance to brackish waters and high hydrogen sulfide levels. The earliest will probably be May. The sailfin molly, in its many color varieties, is of considerable interest and value to aquarists, and many artificially selected varieties are produced and sold in pet shops. You might see this as the typical process of inbreeding to concentrate beneficial characteristics, in this case large size, and then outcrossing to increase genetic variation. I’ll be doing the other three lines soon to see how they are doing. The latter originally refers to melanistic breeds of Poecilia sphenops. My livebearer tank with my wild Sailfin Mollies. By exploiting the thin film of oxygen rich surface water with their upturned mâ¦ The trematode Saccocoelioides sogandaresi is a known parasite of the sailfin molly, as is the ciliated protozoan Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, which causes the disease commonly known as freshwater white spot, freshwater ich, or freshwater ick.. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Click here for more about breeding Mollies and caring for the babies including details about how to feed baby Mollies. I have a real knack for naming fish. This variety of Molly and many others are available for sale on this page and listed below. live delivery guarantee, photos within 4 hours of delivery. Charles, I WANT some GGSM as soon as you have them available. I picked the largest of these for this colony. It could be that there could be a synergistic impact on size by such combinations. They also breed like crazy and tolerate just about any kind of water â except soft water. We are rebuilding stocks as we finally recover from Hurricane Harvey. We lost at least a year and half of reproduction. Otherwise, hybrids can be bred among themselves, or with a higher rate of success with their parent species. Small to large aggregations of the species are most commonly found under floating vegetation or near structures in the water, minimizing their chances of being observed by potential predators. The prominent wild coloration is a green body with black dots, but it can also vary with melanistic, leucistic, and albino. I think something in the leaf debris that was blown into the greenhouses may have impaired reproduction in some of our fish. At one year of age, males typically range in size from 0.5 to 3 in (13 to 76 mm) SL, while mature females are likely to be 0.5 to 2.5 in (13 to 64 mm) inch SL. Sailfin mollies produce broods of 10-140 live young, depending on maturity and size, and females may store sperm long after the demise of their relatively short-lived mates. Can I release them in a man made pond? I just built two Giant Green Sailfin colonies. This is the other strongly likely species of Molly that may be wild-caught.