Originally Posted by bailey0789
So ive had a tank with Platys, Balloon Molly's and Guppys and was really happy with the fry. I def got some pure Platys and some pure Balloon Molly's but there are some hybrids in there. For the most part, im guessing its the Molly's and Guppys that cross. But I think some Platy was mixed in. Is it possible for a group of fry to have three different species.
Ok, so now Im wondering what would be easily compatible with my Platys. I wanna add a new fish and hope it breeds with my Platys. Also, what else would breed with the Balloon Mollys.
Generally Platies that are found in the aquarium are from two different lines of genetics from the Genus Xiphophorus, The two most common species that are all hybrids in the aquarium are Xiphophorus Maculatus (Southern platyfish
, Xiphophorus maculatus (GŁnther, 1866)
.) and Xiphophorus Variatus (Variable platyfish
, Xiphophorus variatus (Meek, 1904)
.) The other members of the Xiphophorus Family include swordtails. Please see reference below.
So fish in this family of Xiphorphorus can hybridize with each other, this is how many colors have been developed over the years in Platies and Swordtails.
While Mollies and Guppies are from the Family Poecilia,
The list according to the reference has 33 different species which can probably hybridize with each other in the aquarium. The Guppy (Guppy
, Poecilia reticulata Peters, 1859
.) and two Molly species are most common in the aquarium (Molly
, black molly Poecilia sphenopsValenciennes, 1846
. and (Yucatan molly
, Poecilia velifera (Regan, 1914)
.) are the two most common and the three species do hybridize. Although development of strains in Guppies are done through selective imbreeding within the species. and in mollies the development of strains can be through crosses and selective breeding.
Xiphorphorus species do hybridize with each other species in the Genus
Poecilia speices can and do hybridize with each other in the Genus
However Xiphophorus and Poecilia species will not Hybridize with each other as they are from two seperate Genus,
If you want to know more about livebearers there are many clubs and societies including the International Guppy Education and Exhibition Society and the American Livebearer Association that have many members and specialists in the field.
Other References:- Xiphophorus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Poecilia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia