Adding a Gold Dust Molly to your community tank would be a great idea!
Gold Dust Molly
Native to Mexico, the Gold Dust Molly is one of the most popular aquarium fish. A variety of the Poecilia sphenops, or common Molly, this species of Molly is among the several color and shape variations of Molly.
Taking after its name, the Gold Dust Molly is black and gold and has a playful, lively personality. Its unique color scheme makes for a beautiful addition to any aquarium, along with its energetic and cooperative behavior.
Gold Dust Mollies are active swimmers, often chasing after each other. They are able to adapt to a variety of salt levels and water conditions, but keeping them in aquariums of water with a pH of 7 with moderate hardness is optimal. In addition, Mollies are more vulnerable to fungus and a condition called shimmies, making them shiver. Fortunately, maintaining saltwater in their aquariums can help prevent their health issues.
Female Gold Dust Mollies do not require a male for breeding and will release live babies as opposed to laying eggs. However, breeding requires a larger tank of at least 30 gallons with algae and other peaceful species.
As a popular fish with easy maintenance and a peaceful and lively personality, Gold Dust Mollies are an excellent choice for community aquariums.
As one of the most popular aquarium fish, the Gold Dust Molly is peaceful enough to live in most aquariums. Recommended tankmates include Rainbowfish, Barbs, Danios, and Corydoras Catfish. While experts do not recommend keeping different Molly species together to prevent hybridization, it is best to keep the Gold Dust Molly in groups of three females and one male.
Feeds and Feeding
Gold Dust Mollies are omnivores, eating both meat and algae as part of their diet. You can feed them vegetable-based or algae-based dried foods as well as brine shrimp and bloodworms.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can you tell if a Gold Dust Molly is male or female?
Differences between male and female Gold Dust Mollies consist of size and color. Males are generally smaller and more colorful than their female counterparts. Typically, males will be 3 inches long and females will grow to 4 inches.
Is the Gold Dust Molly aggressive?
Gold Dust Mollies are playful and active but don’t get too aggressive. This species of Molly chases after one another, especially when breeding. While they may aggressively chase other fish when breeding, Gold Dust Mollies are generally very peaceful.
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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