Liberty Molly (Poecilia salvatoris)

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Liberty Molly

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Liberty Molly

Poecilia salvatoris

57 Litres (15 US G.)

5-7.5 cm (2-3")




7.2 - 7.8

24 -28 °C (75.2-82.4°F)

10-15 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

2-3 years



This animal is available captive bred

Origin[edit | edit source]

From Central America, primarily El Salvador.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males are smaller and have a modified anal fin called a gonopodium which allows the male to deposit sperm.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A lively little fish that can fin nip. Should be kept in groups with a few more females than males as the males will fight with one another. Do not keep with long-finned fish, but should be fine with other robust short-finned and fast fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Flake, dried fish food. Mollies will eat a small amount of meat. Raw cockles, Bloodworm, etc. It will even eat a small amount of soft algae if not over fed. They also like to eat some blanched vegetables like courgette, cucumber or lettuce.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Can be aggressive towards each other, especially males, and can fin nip other tank mates.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Smaller than the more well known Mollies, the Liberty Molly has rusty-red coloured fins and a blue-silver body.

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