The Black Molly is an all-black, short-finned hybrid variation of Sailfin Molly. Though they might have patches of silver or gold when young, they will outgrow this with age. You can differentiate the male from the female by looking for a pointed or rounded anal fin. If the anal fin is round, then it is female. Males also have larger dorsal fins, while females have a pregnancy spot.
This fish can adapt to various salt levels in the aquarium. In fact, with gradual acclimation, you can maintain the fish in either a saltwater or freshwater aquarium. If you choose to keep them in freshwater conditions, add a teaspoon of salt per gallon to keep them healthy. Also, ensure you have planted the aquarium as densely as possible. Having floating plants in the corners will help promote rearing outside the breeding tank.
The Black Molly is a peaceful, community fish that can live happily with other calm fish species. However, it does require a spawning box in a large breeding tank. Some fish that would make ideal tankmates include Guppies, Tetras, Danios, Gouramis, Platies, Swordtails, and even female Bettas.
Being a livebearer, it will live harmoniously with other livebearers. However, if you are looking to breed livebearers in your tank, ensure the tank has plenty of plants where the fry can hide.
Feeding the Black Molly is very easy since these fishes will eat various foods that you might already have lying around. For starters, they are algae eaters. Therefore, if your tank is susceptible to algae breakouts, they will help you control it from getting worse.
Also, because Black Mollies are omnivorous, many hobbyists recommend feeding them a variety of plant matter, invertebrates, and some detritus to keep their diet as natural as possible. Their base diet should include high-quality flake foods. Supplement this with frozen or live foods, such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, daphnia, and blackworms.
They also require vegetables to survive, so ensure that you give them vegetables at least once or twice a week. Though they will eat any green vegetable, the best options include shelled peas, cucumbers, and zucchini.
Are Black Mollies aggressive?
While the Black Molly is a peaceful community fish, it can get aggressive if multiple males are in the same tank. Also, if the males outnumber the females, they tend to harass the females.
How big do Black Mollies get?
They are relatively small, with males growing to a maximum of three inches and the females a couple of inches larger.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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