Here is a picture of my albino sailfin male from the front.
High temperature and minerals is good for all the molly types, including Sailfin molly.
Written on 23-07-2018 15:24 by cab
The Sailfin Molly is a large fish that requires a large tank to fully thrive, in nature they also inhabits brackish waters, but in aquariums they often must settle with too small and crowded tanks where it does not have the conditions to develop fully. The species has gotten its trade name from the male dorsal fin that can become up to 70-80 mm wide and up to 60 mm tall, but the full size is not achieved until the fish is about two years old. In the right conditions, the impressive dorsal fin becomes even more spectacular and he will raise it to impress the female and potentially entice her to a mating session.
For a live breeder it is not easy to breed and to get the fry to grow into a decent size is also quite difficult. The females is pregnant for 5 to 8 weeks and the normal brood size is between 40 to 80 fry, but larger females can have up to 200 fry in a single brood (I was told, I haven't seen it myself). As stated earlier, it requires big tanks to get the fry to grow into a decent size in addition to high temperature and plenty of food.
In addition to the relatively high temperature of around 27-28 degrees, the Sailfin Molly also requires some vegetable matter in the diet, for example dried foods with spirulina, catfish pills or a scolded lettuce leave.
Sailfin Molly needs warm water to thrive and good water quality. There is often sold cross breeds where P. velifera is paired with P. latipinna or other close related species
Central America, Mexico