This section covers a group of four families, in which many of the species produce live young. The family Poeciliidae contains the most popular aquarium fish that produce live young. Many beginners start with the guppy (Poecilia reticulata), progressing to swordtails such as Xiphophorus helleri. One major reason for the popularity of the group – […]
The coloration of Pacific Mexican Mollies in the wild is variable, ranging from shades of blue to yellowish and silvery tones. Darker coloration is seen in some individuals, notably in the race known as Limantour’s Molly (P. m. limantouri).
The Platy has a broad body and naturally rounded fins. Spotted patterning on the caudal peduncle and dorsal fin is common in the wild, and it has been maintained in a number of domestic strains.
[Ebook] Encyclopedia of Aquarium & Pond Fish – Directory of Freshwater Fish – Livebearers – Swordtails
In common with most domesticated livebearers, the Swordtail’s color and pattern are very different from those of the wild type. Many of these fish have a hybrid ancestry, thanks to earlier crossings both with other types of swordtail and also with platies.
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One of the most challenging yet rewarding aspects of fishkeeping is to breed your own fish. Think carefully about which fish you should breed and where you will house the spawning fish, and decide how many fry you can comfortably cope with and how you will feed them. Make a record of your successes and failures so that future breeding attempts go more smoothly.
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Now to one of the more spectacular members of this family, the sailfin molly. There are three species of sailfin molly of which two are common in the hobby, Poecilia latipinna and Poecilia veli-fera. As with the cultivated platies and sword tails, they have been hybridized over the years to develop more colour varieties.
[Ebook] The New Guide to Aquarium Fish – Cyprinodonts – LIVEBEARING TOOTHCARPS – Platies and Swordtails
Platies and swordtails are almost as fecund as guppies. As in the guppy, a female can produce several broods from a single impregnation, and again, like the guppy, they have been manipulated by commercial breeders to produce variations in colour and finnage.
Some of you may be tempted to keep Cyprinus carpio (Koi Carp) in an aquarium and we would like to advise against this. Koi are potentially large fishes best housed in large purpose-built ponds with powerful filtration systems.
[Ebook] The New Guide to Aquarium Fish – A comprehensive and authoritative guide to tropical freshwater, brackish, and marine fishes – Mary Bailey and Gina Sandford
[Ebook] The New Guide to Aquarium Fish – A comprehensive and authoritative guide to tropical freshwater, brackish, and marine fishes – Mary Bailey – Gina Sandford