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Platinum Lyretail Molly
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Platinum Lyretail Molly (Poecilia velifera)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form White, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 75-82° F, KH 10-25, pH 7.5-8.5
Max. Size 5"
Origin Yucatan
Family Poeciliidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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The Platinum Lyretail Molly, also called the Mexican Lyretail Molly, Giant Lyretail Molly, Yucatan Molly, and sometimes simply Lyretail Molly, is a hybrid color variation of the Poecilia velifera, Lyretail Molly. They are a platinum/gold-colored fish that are peaceful and prefer hard water. Mollies have the ability to adapt to a variety of salt levels in the aquarium. With a gradual acclimation, these fish may be maintained in either a freshwater or saltwater aquarium. In the freshwater aquarium, a minimum of a teaspoon of aquarium salt per gallon is recommended for optimum health.

The Platinum Lyretail Molly requires a tank of at least 30 gallons with algae and plenty of room to swim. The tall dorsal fin of the male will not develop if adequate room is not provided for him to swim. This species should only share a tank with other peaceful fish that prefer hard water with elevated salt levels.

The pointed anal fin and much larger dorsal fin on the male, and the rounded anal fin and pregnancy spot on the female differentiate the two. The Platinum Lyretail Molly is a livebearer that requires a spawning box in a 25 gallon, or larger breeding tank. The tank should be planted as densely as possible or have a thick algae mat. Having a group of floating plants in the corner of your tank will promote rearing outside of the breeding tank. Every 60-70 days the female will give birth to 10-60 young that are already approximately one-half inch long.

The Platinum Lyretail Molly is omnivorous and requires both meaty foods as well as algae. Provide these fish with an algae-based flake food, as well as freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"

Customer Testimonials

A.K. Stevens Chicagoland , IL

These are some of the most beautiful freshwater fish available, and my favorite among the Mollies. I have twenty adults. Their coloration ranges from the colors shown here to a darker rich olive to a mostly dark orange variant. There are wonderful patterns and subtleties in coloration on the body and fins, with black edging and turquoise blue highlights in the tail possible in some individuals. With the exception of the vivid dark oranges on some of the males, the females can be just as colorful as the males.
I recommend keeping these fish with other salt-tolerant fish, such as Livebearers, Rainbowfish, and some Gobies and Gudgeons. Then you can vary the salt level slightly between water changes, thus preventing the vast majority of parasites from gaining a foothold in your tank. In 14 months, I have not had a single outbreak of ich in my Molly tanks.
Peter Sherwood Elk Grove , CA
These beautiful fish are very friendly and are very easy to breed.
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