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Samuel Brown - 2004-05-14
The Sailfin Mollie is best if not bred for colors other than their natural colors. When in tanks with other fish and are also very peaceable fishes. Like most mollies the Sailfin Mollie reproduces fast in larger habitats most commonly. I know this from observation of this animal in both wild and domesticated states. For more suitable habitats the Sailfin Mollies (and mosquito fish)are best kept in water with a low saline or brackish water level and a ph of 6.8-8.6 with vegitation that trives in an abundant supply.

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Sarah - 2004-03-13
I love mollies! If a fish can be lively and friendly... they are lively and friendly! They follow your finger on the glass and they are always doing something silly. We have 3 females and one male. The male is a dalmation sailfin molly, and 2 of the females are silver lyretails, and the last female is also silver, but shes a sailfin too. I havent seen any fry yet...maybe because I have danios and tetras, but Im going to look next time so I can net them! I recommend them to anyone!

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Roland Tan SabaƱico - 2013-02-08
My female guppy has a very very BIG stomach!! But there is no sign of PREGNANCY and DROPSY.. any reply please?

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  • Anonymous - 2013-02-08
    Sounds like dropsy but it could also be constipation. If you can get him to eat peas, it may relieve constipation.
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Lindsey - 2013-02-06
My molly now is swimming wierd.It is like his spinal cord is croocked and he has been swimming verticaly latly. Doaes anyone know what is going on?

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  • Lindsey - 2013-02-06
    wow i had a lot of typos, sorry
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Lindsey - 2013-01-31
Recently my 20 gallon tank has had a fatal ich outbreak. I have taken care of the tank (disinfected), so that is ok. My only surviving fish was a dalmation molly. He is not currently in the 20 gallon tank but a quarantine tank (1.5 gal.), when I first put him in he did have some ich but it is now gone. My problem is now the molly has these rust coored spots on them. They are in his tail mainly but also on mouth and gill(?) area. I don't think it is some sort of infection though. They shimmer like it might be some new coloration.Does anyone know what it is?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-01
    Could just be the molly's color is changing.  environment can do that sometimes.
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janj - 2013-01-28
My dead swordtail has a worm by its gills. This is the second time it's happened, what is it please?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-28
    Whats the worm look like?
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-31
    It sounds like your fish may have had anchor worm. The anchor worm (lernea spp.) is a true parasite that embeds in either the gill or body of a host fish. It can do considerable damage to its host, and it very contageous. This is actually a copepod (crustacean arthropod) rather than a true worm. It looks like a small whip (just a few mm to under an inch in length) with a forked tail. It attaches to the fish with its 'anchor' shaped head.



    For future reference... it is rather stressful for a fish, but the parasite can be carefully removed. Hold the fish on a damp cloth in your hand, then extract it with a pair of household tweezers. Gently press the tweezers as close to the skin as possible, but only extract the worm, not the flesh of the fish. Treat the infected area with an antiseptic (I've used iodine) after removing the parasite. Then return the fish to its tank.
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Dan Miller - 2013-01-06
My male silver sailfin molly is turning yellowish orange on his face (mostly around the nasal area). Why is this happening?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-06
    Mollies, especially the fancier varieties, have a lot of different colors in thier lineage. These genes can get expressed at different times in their lifetime.  Most mollys will have at least some discoloration, i.e. some yellow spots in a mostly black and white dalmation molly, or blue spots. Most likely some great great grandmother was a yellow guppy or something similar, and those genes just haven't been complelely bred.
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Da Funk - 2012-12-31
is it okay to add platys to five gallon tank with betta? the tank already has an algae eater in it.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-01
    Can maybe add one, but I really would go with a bigger tank if you really want to add some fish.  Platys are livebearers so there is a good chance if you add a male and a female, babies will soon follow!
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Anonymous - 2012-12-31
i have one male molly in a community tank, is it okay if i add more males? i really don't want any babies. thank you!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-01
    Mollies will usually do just fine with multiple males.
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Bonnie Spielman - 2012-12-26
Do the female become infertile when they get older?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-26
    Most will either loss fertility or slow down a bit.  A lot depends on health and environment.
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