Latin Name: Poecilia latipinna
Other Names: Balloon Belly Molly, Belly Molly
How hard are they to keep? Balloon Mollys are considered relatively easy to keep and are suitable for beginner fish keepers.
What is its maximum size? Balloon Mollys typically reach a maximum size of around 3 to 4 inches (7-10 cm).
Where are they from? They are native to Central and North America, including various regions in Mexico and the United States.
How many can I keep? Balloon Mollys are social fish but can also exhibit some aggression towards their own species. It is recommended to keep them in a larger aquarium with plenty of hiding spots and plants. Generally, a ratio of one male to two or three females is ideal for more harmonious interactions.
How compatible are they with other fish? Balloon Mollys are generally peaceful and compatible with other peaceful community fish. However, males can sometimes display aggression towards each other, especially if there is not enough space or they feel overcrowded.
What are the ideal water conditions? They prefer slightly alkaline water with a pH between 7.5 and 8.5. The temperature should be kept between 75-82°F (24-28°C). They are adaptable to a range of water conditions but thrive in well-filtered and properly maintained aquariums.
How do you tell the difference between male and female? Males are generally smaller and have a modified anal fin called a gonopodium, which is used for mating. Females are typically larger, rounder, and lack this modified anal fin.
Fun Fact: Balloon Mollys are known for their brightly coloured and uniquely shaped bodies. They come in a variety of colours, including black, silver, gold, and marbled patterns, making them a popular and eye-catching addition to aquariums.