Golden Black Lyretail Molly (Poecilia Latipinna)
The Golden Black Lyretail Molly is another variant of the Poecilia Latipinna family. This variety of Molly showcases a vibrant combination of colors and classic lyre-shaped tail. The body of the Golden Black Lyretail Molly is typically a rich golden or yellow color, accentuated by bold black markings or patterns. The fins, including the caudal fin, exhibit a striking black coloration, contrasting beautifully with the golden body. The lyre-shaped tail is a distinguishing feature, with elongated lobes that resemble the shape of a lyre or musical instrument. This eye-catching combination of golden and black, along with the elegant tail, makes the Golden Black Lyretail Molly a captivating addition to any aquarium. As adults, these fish typically reach a size of about 4-5 inches.
In terms of personality, mollies are peaceful and sociable. They are active swimmers and enjoy exploring their surroundings. They are also known for their hardiness and adaptability, making them suitable for both beginners and experienced aquarists. However, they do require specific water conditions to thrive, including moderately hard water and a basic pH.*
Golden Black Lyretail Mollies are shoaling fish, meaning they thrive when kept in groups of their own kind. It is recommended to keep them in groups of at least 5 individuals. This helps reduce stress, encourages natural behavior, and enhances their overall well-being. These mollies are active swimmers occupying the middle to upper levels of the aquarium.
When considering tank mates for Golden Black Lyretail Mollies, it is best to choose species that can handle similar water conditions and have a peaceful temperament. Three ideal tank mates that can coexist harmoniously include Rosy Barb, Swordtails, and Platies. These fish share similar water requirements, temperaments, and swimming levels, making them compatible companions. However, there are a couple of fish species that may not be ideal tank mates for Golden Black Lyretail Mollies. Aggressive or fin-nipping species, such as Cichlids, Tiger Barbs, or Red Tail Sharks, should be avoided to prevent stress or potential harm to the mollies.
For their diet, Golden Black Lyretail Mollies have a delightful omnivorous appetite that thrives on a diverse selection of food. They eagerly indulge in high-quality flakes, micro-pellets, and servings of live or frozen foods like brine shrimp, daphnia, plankton, or bloodworms. These adventurous eaters also appreciate blanched vegetables. It's worth noting that although the Golden Black Lyretail Molly (a variation of Poecilia latipinna) shares its family name with the primarily herbivorous Sailfin Molly (Poecilia latipinna), their dietary requirements differ.
Creating an ideal habitat for Mollies involves mimicking their natural environment. They prefer a substrate of fine sand or small, smooth gravel. Live plants, such as Java Fern, Anacharis, or Anubias, can provide cover and contribute to the tank's overall health. Golden Black Lyretail Mollies also appreciate open spaces for swimming and exploring, along with plenty of hiding spots among plants, driftwood, or rocks. Lighting should be moderate to highlight their vibrant colors. Floating plants can be added to help subdue lighting.
As for water parameters, Mollies require a minimum aquarium size of 20 gallons. For a community setup, a 30-gallon tank or larger is recommended. They thrive in water with a pH range of 7.5 to 8.5 and a hardness of 10-25 dGH. The ideal water temperature for Mollies is between 70-82°F (21-28°C).
*Molly’s do best in moderately hard or harder water with a basic pH. If kept in soft or acidic water, these fish may show discomfort, such as shimmying, fungus, or clamped fins, indicating they're not feeling their best. While adding salt isn't necessary, the "hard" minerals like calcium and magnesium are key to keeping this species healthy over the long term. Routinely test your aquarium water's pH and dGH level to ensure it is within the recommended range. Additionally, use a liquid water hardener or aquarium salt to the new water to ensure it is within the recommended guideline before adding it to the aquarium.
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