Poecilia velifera

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Poeciliidae
Origin : Yukatan, Mexico
Length : 18 cm - 7"
Min. length aquarium : 140 cm - 55"
English names : Mexican sailfin molly, Sailfin molly, Yucatan molly
You should keep this peaceful fish in very hard water.  To make water harder you can use dolomite.  It is also wise to add some seasalt (about 25 grams at 10 liters of water).  You can use some hard plants that can live in that water.  You should leave enough free swimming space. 

They like to eat algae and other vegetable food.  Dry food and insect larvae are accepted as well.

Breeding is not easy. They are viviparous.  Males that are born in captivity seldom have the dorsal fin such as the fishes that are caught in their natural habitat.  You can raise the young fishes with algae, baby brine shrimp and fine crushed vegetable dry food. 

Photo Credit

Peter Jan Taheij

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