Fancy Molly
Poecilia latipinna

Care Level






Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Tank Size

10 gallon


Black, White



Water Conditions

Neutral (6.8 to 7.8 pH), Hard Water (12 to 30 dGH), 68 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Black, Gold Dust, and Dalmatian Molly (Poecilia latipinna) are typically passive fish naturally located in the ditches, and estuaries of Central America. The Fancy Molly will reach a length up to five inches, and live over five years in captivity. Uniquely, this fish species is tolerant of brackish conditions. It is advised to add one teaspoon of deionized salt per gallon, as it will help support the natural immunity, and defenses of this fish species.

Fecundity: The Fancy Molly (Poecilia latipinna) are a livebearing fish, that may produce up to 200 fry per reproductive period.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Neutral (6.8 to 7.8 pH), Hard Water (12 to 30 dGH)

Aquarium Diet (Omnivore): Brine Shrimp, Blackworms, Omnivore Pellet, Spirulina, Tropical Flake

Dimorphism: The Fancy Molly (Poecilia latipinna) male will develop a slender, modified gonopodium (anal fin). The female will retain her well-rounded anal fin. The female will also take on a more gravid appearance when ready to reproduce.

Compatibility: The Fancy Molly (Poecilia latipinna) are typically compatible with other Molly, Platy, Mono Sebae, Corydoras, Plecostomus, Danio, and Rainbowfish.

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Author: Aquatics Unlimited