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Velife’s mollies: how to keep and breed in an aquarium

Dear colleagues. Today I have a post for you about an interesting representative of the Gambusiev family and it is called Molyneziya Velifer.

This aquarium fish was first found in a small freshwater lake on the Yucatan Peninsula. Velifera in nature can live in brackish, freshwater bodies of water, as well as in marine waters.

It is surprising that in sea water mollies grows much larger, I brighter than their freshwater relatives.

On the territory. In Europe, the moths of Velifer’s fell back in 19133, and it was immediately identified by the genus Pecilia.

This aquarium fish is considered the largest of the entire family. In nature, mollies grows up to 20 centimeters in length, however, in the aquarium conditions males you grow more than 12 centimeters, and females – no more than 14. The natural color of the fish is simply amazing: the body is silver-gray in color, with a scattering of mother-of-pearl specks.

The chest has a golden yellow ebb. On the dorsal fin you can see a red edging and its dimensions are almost the same as the length of the body of the fish. In common people this mollies is also known as sailing and high-fabled.

Females lack such beautiful dorsal fins, but they are larger than males.

Velifer’s body is long and high. In the natural form, the caudal fin is usually round. The lyre form of the caudal fin is a feature of breeding research.

The ends on the lyre-like fin can be so long that they can even touch. However, with a rounded tail fin, the fish looks more natural.

In addition, fans of viviparous fish often prefer individuals that have rounded tails, arguing that such fish reach puberty more quickly and grow much larger than their relatives.

Unlike its black kinsmen, the Veliferians have very well developed sense organs in mollies and the fish immediately react to loud noises and sudden movements. In aquarium conditions, the fish tries to keep in the group, and there are no signs of any stable pairs.

Unlike the Swordsmen, the largest males, located on the top of the hierarchy, rarely show excessive aggression towards their weaker relatives.

To make a flock of mollies look more spectacular, it is better to buy an equal number of males and females. In addition, this will lead to the development of competition between all males. During the period of grooming females, they straighten their beautiful fins and move impetuously through the aquarium.

The females, however, are rarely impressive, unless it is time to spawn. The water in the aquarium with Velifer mollies should have the following hydrochemical parameters:

  • pH 7.0 – 8.8;
  • dGH within 8-25
  • water temperature: 22-28 degrees.

Remember, only perfectly clean water is able to convey all the decorative qualities of fish and this water is the key to good health of your pets. When you choose a water filtration system, it is better to opt for devices that create a directional flow of water.

Despite the fact that the fish lives in calm or slow-flowing water bodies, a small current will contribute to the development of the muscular system Velifer.

Sometimes aquarists in the maintenance of Velifer are used as salt water. They argue that salt water has a beneficial effect on skin mucus secretion and the function of reproduction.

Velifer’s mollies can get along well with almost all peaceful and medium-sized aquarium fish (red neon, blue neon, cherry bar, pearl gurus, girinoheylus). However, I would not advise you to keep this fish together with Sumatran barbs, as they quickly gnaw them beautiful tails and fins.

When arranging an aquarium, it is better to opt for echinodorus, cryptocoryne (Wendt, Griffith and Pontederovolistnaya). To emphasize the exquisite coloring of the fish, it is better to plant the foreground with small echinodorus that, when they grow, form a beautiful green lawn.

In the background you can plant spiral Vallisneria, ambulia and Caroline Bacopa.

The process of reproduction in Velifera is similar to other viviparous fishes (guppies, chilias, swordtails). After completion of the fertilization process, the female sends about 50 fry to life.

Starter feed for small things: Nauplia cyclops and Artemia, as well as young daphnia. As the fry grows older, they can begin to be fed with larger and more nutritious foods.

In the first month of life, fry should be fed once a day. Juveniles grow unevenly, so if you want to keep all the offspring in a healthy form, they are better sorted.

Malifera’s molliesia reaches sexual maturity at the age of 6-8 months, which is relatively later, unlike other viviparous representatives. Surprisingly, this type of mollies does not have its children in contrast to the black molly.

To keep the offspring in full, it is better to fry the fry in a separate container with water that has the same chemical parameters. In aquarium conditions, mollies can be fed with various feeds.

She perfectly consumes the bloodworm, the pipeweeper, the cortex, the dry granulated feed, and also the tableted vegetable.

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