Lyretail Molly Dalmation

  • Striking black and white spots, flowing tail.
  • Hardy, adaptable, beginner-friendly.
  • Peaceful, social, lively community fish.
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## Dalmatian Lyretail Molly

### Introduction
The Dalmatian Lyretail Molly is a captivating freshwater fish known for its striking black and white spotted pattern and its elegant lyre-shaped tail. A hybrid of the Sailfin Molly, this species is a popular choice for both novice and experienced aquarists due to its hardy nature and vibrant appearance.

### Scientific Name
*Poecilia latipinna*

### Water Quality
Dalmatian Lyretail Mollies are relatively adaptable to water conditions, but thrive in soft to moderately hard water. They prefer a well-filtered aquarium with good oxygenation.

### pH Level
A pH range of 7.0 to 8.5 is ideal for these fish.

### GH Level
A GH level between 15 and 35°H is suitable.

### KH Level
A KH level within the moderate range is generally recommended.

### Feeding
These omnivorous fish enjoy a varied diet. Offer a combination of high-quality flake food, algae-based pellets, and occasional treats like frozen or live brine shrimp, bloodworms, and daphnia.

### Tank Mates
Dalmatian Lyretail Mollies are peaceful and can coexist with a variety of community fish. Suitable tank mates include other livebearers, tetras, rasboras, and corydoras. Avoid aggressive or large species.

### Substrates and Tank Decorations
A soft, sandy substrate is preferred, but they can adapt to other types. Provide hiding spots using rocks, caves, or live plants.

### Suitable Plants
Live plants not only enhance the aquarium’s aesthetics but also offer hiding places for fry and help maintain water quality. Java Fern, Anubias, and Vallisneria are good choices.

### Sexing and Breeding
Males are smaller with colorful fins and a gonopodium (modified anal fin), while females are larger and rounder. Breeding is relatively easy, and females give birth to live fry.

### Maximum Size and Longevity
Males typically reach 2-3 inches, while females can grow up to 4 inches. With proper care, they can live for 3-5 years.

### Behavior
Dalmatian Lyretail Mollies are active and social fish. They enjoy swimming in groups and exploring their surroundings.

### Things to Consider Before Buying
Ensure your aquarium is adequately cycled before introducing these fish. Be prepared for potential breeding, as they are prolific breeders. Research compatible tank mates to create a harmonious environment.

### General Information
These fish are relatively hardy and adaptable, making them a good choice for beginners. Regular water changes and proper maintenance are essential for their well-being.

### A Fun Fact
The unique spotted pattern of the Dalmatian Lyretail Molly is a result of selective breeding.

**Note:** While Dalmatian Lyretail Mollies can tolerate a brackish environment, it’s generally recommended to keep them in freshwater for optimal health and breeding success.

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Specification

My Family

Family

Poeciliidae

Where I am from

Origin

North America

My behaviour

Social

Shoaling

How do I breed

Breeding

Livebearers

Can you keep me

Care Level

Easy

Potential of Hydrogen

pH Level Aquarium pH measures water acidity/alkalinity. 7 is neutral. Fish have pH preferences; maintain ideal levels for their health and stability.

7.0 – 8.5

General Hardness

GH Level GH (General Hardness) in aquariums measures minerals like calcium and magnesium. It affects fish health by showing water\'s mineral content.

15 – 35 dGH

Carbonate Hardness

KH Level KH (Carbonate Hardness) in an aquarium stabilizes pH. It acts like a shield, keeping the water conditions just right for fish.

Moderate

Temperature

Temperature Ideal temperature needed for fish

24°C – 28°C

How long will I live

Life Span

3 – 5 Years

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