Molly fish with the Latin name Poecilia Sp is one type of small freshwater ornamental fish with a unique body shape and a variety of attractive colors.
The size of these fish only reaches a maximum of 12 cm when they are adults. Where the body size of the female is greater than the body size of the male.
With its small size, you don’t need a large aquarium to keep these fish.
The color of this fish is also very attractive and has a variety of attractive colors depending on the type.
Some are speckled, some have patterns, some are black, and so on so that this fish is pleasing to the eye.
In addition, this fish is also not aggressive so that this fish can be combined with various other types of ornamental fish.
Care for this fish is also quite easy with a fast breeding process. So it’s no wonder that many ornamental fish lovers keep this fish in their aquarium.
This fish is included in all-eating or omnivorous fish, meaning that molly likes all types of food such as hair worms, blood worms, pellets, and so on.
Globally, Molly fish are divided into several groups, namely Short-fin Molly (short fin), Sailfin Molly (long fin), and Lyretail Molly (forked tail). Where each of these groups still has several types of fish.
Along with the development of the times, more and more people have cross-breeding and genetic mutations between one molly and another.
This aims to get different results from the types of Molly fish that already exist. Here are some types of Molly fish that you should know.
1. Molly Balloons
Price: IDR 2,000 – IDR 3,000
Molly Balloons are one of the most popular types of molly among ornamental fish lovers.
As the name suggests, this Molly Balloon has a large belly and is distended like a balloon. When this fish is pregnant, its stomach will be bigger than usual or as if it will explode.
These fish can breed easily, they will be pregnant for 6 to 8 weeks which will produce dozens of molly fish chicks.
The colors that vary greatly from this molly balloon include the colors striped, red, yellow, orange, and so on.
2. Black Molly
Price: Rp. 2,000 – Rp. 10,000
Just like the balloon molly, this type of black molly is also quite popular and has become a prima donna for ornamental fish lovers in Indonesia.
With the deep black color they have, this molly is called black molly. This color is what makes this fish unique and different from the others.
3. Golden Molly
Price: IDR 10,000 – IDR 25,000
Golden Molly is one type of molly that is quite rare, because its entire body is golden in color which is very beautiful.
4. Molly Golden Black
Price: IDR 10,000 – IDR 25,000
Molly Golden Black is a molly that is unique in its very beautiful body color, which is golden in color with black spots.
5. Silver Molly
Price: Rp. 2,500 – Rp. 10,000
As the name suggests, Silver Molly has a silver color covering its body. Very beautiful and pretty color for an ornamental fish.
6. Molly Marbel
Price: IDR 2,000
Molly Marble is also very popular among ornamental fish lovers. This fish is the result of cross-breeding, which then produces a species called molly marble.
The name marble itself comes from a very interesting physical pattern, namely the dominant white color with black patches in it.
7. Lyretail Molly
Price: IDR 25,000 – IDR 50,000
This yretail molly is unique in its tapered tail and forms the letter U. Thus, the lyretail molly is difficult to find and is one of the most expensive types of molly fish.
8. White Pot Belly Molly
Price: IDR 25,000 – IDR 50,000
This type of molly fish is also very unique, its uniqueness is that it has a round body shape and is smaller than other types of molly.
9. Sailfin Molly
Price: IDR 5,000
This fish, whose Latin name is Poecilia Latipinna, comes from the Texas San Antonio river which is much sought after by ornamental fish lovers in Indonesia.
This sailfin molly fish has a large and wide upper back fin with colored tips.
Sailfin Molly can live for about 3 years.
The various types of molly sailfin include molly sailfin green, molly sailfin black, molly sailfin harlequin, molly sailfin silver, molly sailfin dalmatian, molly sailfin marbled, molly sailfin chocolate, molly sailfin gold, molly sailfin cremesicle, and molly sailfin tangerine.
They are all the same types of sailfin, it’s just that they have different hues of color and shape.
10. Yucatan Molly
Price: IDR 5,000 – IDR 50,000
This fish, whose Latin name is Poecilia Velifera, comes from the Yucatan Peninsula which is also included in the Sailfin Molly which has a maximum body size of only up to 12 cm.
This Yucatan Molly is red and has a hint of white on her belly. With wide fins, this fish looks even more beautiful.
11. Wild Green Sailfin Molly
Price: IDR 5,000 – IDR 15,000
As the name implies, this fish is also included in the Sailfin Molly with the Latin name Poecilia Petenensis. This fish comes from the Central America region.
Wild Green Sailfin Molly is one of the largest species of molly fish that inhabit Lake Peten in Guatemala.
The body size of this male fish can reach 15 cm or more. Meanwhile the female can get even bigger.
The body color of this fish varies, some are gray and some are greenish gray with orange fin tips.
12. Liberty Molly
Price: IDR 10,000 – IDR 20,000
iberty Molly Latin name Poecilia Salvatoris is one of the molly fish belonging to the short-fin molly or short fin group.
Liberty Molly comes from El Salvador which has a maximum body size of only about 8 cm. This fish is also quite aggressive and often bites the fins of other fish. This makes people lazy to maintain it.
13. Molly Hybrids
Price: IDR 100,000 – IDR 500,000
This Molly Hibryd is the result of a cross or crossbreed between species of one molly and another to produce a molly that is more interesting to look at.
How to Cultivate Molly Fish
This molly fish is a fish that is very easy to cultivate. Females can give birth to hundreds of molly chicks when laying eggs that will immediately swim.
Here are some ways you can raise molly fish:
- Prepare an aquarium with a capacity of 30 gallons or about 112 liters, because with a large aquarium it can reduce stress levels on fish and also to avoid bully from male fish.
- Unite one male molly with several female molly tails. The differences between male and female molly are as follows: Male molly: head size is smaller than female molly, body size is longer, male’s belly is more puzzled, there is a long small fin under the back of the abdomen, and the upper fin is wider and Large. Female mollies: the head size is rather large compared to the male molly, the body size is shorter, the belly is somewhat puzzled, the upper fin is smaller but wider, there are wide and short fins below the back of the abdomen.
- Give water with a warm temperature that is around 25 ° C – 27 ° C.
- Provide good food so that the fish avoid stress.
- After they have mated it is necessary to wait 3-5 weeks for the female fish to give birth to her young.
- After the child is born, you should separate the pups from the mother, because molly tends to eat the young. Molly usually eats her cubs when there isn’t enough food to feed her.
Tips for Caring for Molly Fish
For those of you who want to care for molly fish at home, you don’t need to worry because this molly is very easy to care for and doesn’t require special care.
This molly fish is also a fish that is not aggressive, so you can put other small ornamental fish into the aquarium such as lemon gourami or mini gouramy, cherry barb, platy, pleco, and so on.
We suggest that you should give a friend molly fish that has the same size.
Keep giving a large room for the molly, because if it is narrow, it will easily stress and become very aggressive and attack other fish.
Do not give molly fish carelessly, especially if you give food that does not have good fiber content.
So, keep giving your molly good food, friends, such as boiled cucumber, lettuce, or pumpkin, as well as natural molly pellets for small brine shrimp, blood worms, and tubifex worms.
Those are some types of molly fish that you should know along with how to cultivate them and some tips that you might practice at home.
Hopefully the information above can be useful for readers. Thank you:)