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Livebearers - Mollies - Pot Belly/Balloon Mollies
(Hybrids Poecilia) - (Ballon Mollies, Assorted Colors)

Pot Belly/Balloon Mollies (Hybrids Poecilia) > Quick Stats
Scientific Name: Hybrids Poecilia
Family: Poecilia
Origin: Mexico
Adult Size: 2"
Social: Community Fish
Lifespan: 5 years
Tank Level: Top, Mid dweller
Diet: Flakes, Plant Matter
Breeding: Livebearer
Care: Beginner
pH: 6.0 - 7.0
Hardenss: 4.0 - 10.0 dGH
Temperature: 72-78 F (22-26 C)
Availability: Everywhere.

Popular Molly Hybrids
Fancy Mollies
(Hybrids Poecilia)
Lyretail Molly
Metallic Molly
Dalmatian Molly
Gold Dust Molly
Platinum Lyretail Molly
Pot Belly Mollies
(Hybrids Poecilia)
Balloon Mollies
Assorted Colors
Sail Fin Mollies
(Poecilia latipinna)
Dalmatian Sail Fin Molly
Sail Fin Metallic Molly

General Information/Facts

    Pot Belly/Balloon Mollies is a species of fish, of the genus Poecilia.

    Pot Belly Mollies are deeper bodied and shorter from head to tail than other mollies.

    Since these fish are highly inbred the life expectancy is only a year to a year and a half.

Diet/Food & Feeding Habits

    Plants/Algae, and other type green foods are absolutely necessary for good molly health. 


    Mollies are nice peaceful fish. Sometimes they will attempt to chase others around a bit, but do not hurt them in most instances. Mollies do best in a group with a few males and several females. Mollies are good tank mates for Swordtails, Platies, Angel Fish, Corydoras Catfish, Plecostomus.. House with other peaceful community fish such as tetras, gourami, and other livebearers.


    The males will have a pointed anal fin (gonopodium) and the females will have a rounded anal fin. Since these are big bellied fish it is sometimes hard to tell males from females. Females have a square stomach while males are more rounded. Also look for a pointed anal fin in males called a gonopodium. Females anal fins are rounded and resemble a fan.


    Live-bearing aquarium fish, often simply called livebearers are fish that retain the eggs inside the body and give birth to live, free-swimming young.


    This species is the ancestor of the Black Molly, a melanistic breed which is black all over. It is one of the most well-known aquarium fishes and nearly as easy to keep and prolific as guppies (for optimal health and breeding success, they demand fresh vegetable food like algae). There are several other popular breeds, like the golden molly nicknamed "24 karat", or the balloon molly, which however has a deformed spine and a decreased lifespan due to the associated health problems. Also, breeds with altered dorsal fin structures like lyretails exist. The wild form is in fact quite rarely kept, as it has a rather plain silvery coloration suffused with brown and green hues. If given good care with ample sunlight, high water temperatures and fresh vegetables, they will, however, prove charming fish who make up for their somewhat plain coloration with their lively behavior.


    The salt tolerance of mollies allows them to live in water ranging from completely freshwater to completely marine, which makes mollies potentially compatible with a wide range of setups. This is fairly unusual, as most fish are compatible with only freshwater, brackish water or that of only saltwater environments. This ability allows mollies to live in a variety of coastal environments.

Follow the above recommendations and you should have a joyful Molly experience. Send any questions, comments or pictures to Ask An Expert If you are interested in helping out visit our contributions page.

References/Further Reading

Andrews, C. 1986 A Fishkeeper's Guide to Fish Breeding. Salamander, London. 117 pp., color illus.
Boggs, Sallie S. 1981. Mouthbrooding Bettas (Betta pugnans, B. picta, B. taeniata, B. brederi). FAMA 9/81.
Lucas, Gene A. 1987. Betta pugnax: Observations on a large mouthbrooding Betta. FAMA 3/87.
Mills, D. 1984 A Fishkeeper's Guide to Community Fishes. Tetra Press, Morris Plains, NJ. 117 pp., some color.
Pinter, H. 1986 Labyrinth Fish. Barron's, Woodbury, NY. 144 pp., some color illus.
Richter, Hans-Joachim 1988 Gouramis and Other Anabantoids. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 224 pp.er,
Vierke, J. 1986 Vierke's Aquarium Book. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 352 pp.
Vierke, J. 1988 Bettas, Gouramis and Other Anabantoids: Labyrinth Fishes of the World. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 192 pp., color illus.

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