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Black Lyretail Molly
(Poecilia latipinna)
Black Lyretail Molly
Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.

Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 68-82° F, KH 10-25, pH 7.0-7.8
Max. Size 5"
Origin Farm Raised, Singapore
Family Poeciliidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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The Black Lyretail Molly is a hybrid variation of Poecilia latipinna, the Sailfin Molly. The Black Lyretail Molly is black with white highlights on its fins, and has a somewhat lyre-shaped caudal fin. Mollies have the ability to adapt to a variety of salt levels in the aquarium. With a gradual acclimation, these fish may be maintained in either a freshwater or saltwater aquarium. In the freshwater aquarium, a teaspoon of aquarium salt per gallon is recommended for optimum health.

The Black Lyretail Molly prefers a tank of at least 30 gallons with plenty of strong plants such as Java Fern, Sagittaria, Vallisneria,and Anubias. They require a good filtration system because of their hearty appetites and resulting waste products. The Black Lyretail Molly is well suited for the community tank because of its peaceful nature, and is compatible with other peaceful, large fish that can withstand similar water conditions.

The pointed anal fin and much larger dorsal fin on the male, and the rounded anal fin and pregnancy spot on the female differentiate the two. The Black Lyretail Molly is a livebearer that requires a spawning box in a 25 gallon, or larger breeding tank. The aquarium should be planted as densely as possible or have a thick algae mat. Having a group of floating plants in the corner of the aquarium will promote rearing outside of the breeding tank. Every 60-70 days the female give birth to 10-60 young that are already approximately one-half inch long.

The Black Lyretail Molly is omnivorous and that prefers both meaty foods as well as algae. Provide these fish with an algae-based flake food, as well as freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 1-1/2"

Customer Testimonials

Tim Cahill Arlington , MA
I've had a male black lyretail molly for 7 months now and he's been surprisingly hearty and randy! He's made more than a couple of my female dalmation mollys pregnant and the fry looking really cool. He's an impressive fish, especially when he starts to do his mating dance. Highly recommended!
Dante Edwards Buford , GA
Well, to tell you the truth, I just got him today. He is very peaceful and I'm sure he will make friends with the Swordtail (also recently bought). He is wearing out the Buenos Aires who has been attacking the other fish. If an 8 year old boy thinks this fish is amazing, so will you!
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