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Dalmatian Molly


Family: Poeciliidae
Species: Poecilia sphenops
Common Name: Black Molly, Molly
Size: Males up to 2.5" (6cm), females slightly larger 4"(10cm)
Habitat: Central and South America: Mexico to Colombia.
Min Tank Size: 30"
Diet: Omnivorous eats live, flake, wafer, or frozen foods easily, will snack on live plants and veggies.
Behavior: Usually peaceful when kept in adequate numbers.
Water: Temperature range 70 to 79°F (21 to 26°C); Freshwater or Brackish; pH range: 7.5 8.2; dH range: 11 - 30
Care: Easily cared for in a large tank with live plants and open swimming area, very easy to breed.
Communities: Peaceful, however best kept with several females to a male to decrease potential harassment.
Suitability: An excellent aquarium fish, be sure to buy from a reputable breeder as they are prone to velvet and ich, are not the best choice for cycling a new tank.

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