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The Balloon Molly is an excellent choice for the community tank. This peaceful fish can coexist with other large and non-aggressive fish that can tolerate similar water conditions. It is important to note that they have hearty appetites and so need a good filtration system. Additionally, their tank should be at least 30 gallons with plenty of strong plants such as Java fern, Sagittaria, Vallisneria, and Anubias. Be aware that they may pursue their own young and the young of other fish in the tank. Therefore, provide plenty of hiding places for the fry to take shelter.
The Balloon Molly is an incredibly unique fish species. It is easily identifiable due to the distinct differences between the male and female. The male has a pointed anal fin and much larger dorsal fin, while the female has a rounded anal fin and pregnancy spot. Furthermore, they are livebearers that require a special breeding tank of at least 25 gallons. To ensure the appropriate environment for breeding, the tank should be well-planted with dense vegetation and a corner of floating plants. Additionally, the female gives birth to 10-60 young every 60-70 days, and they are already approximately one-half inch long at birth. It is truly an amazing species to observe and experience!
The Balloon Molly is a omnivorous fish that needs both meaty foods as well as algae-based flake food. Provide these fish with an algae-based flake food, as well as freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp.