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post #1 of 10 Old 12-23-2011, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Question Is This a Molly or Platy?

I have a tank that houses 5 Platies and 1 Molly (and a Molly fry).
I have recently been wondering if one of my believed Platies is a Molly. It was labled a Platy when I bought it but that does not mean much. The store called it a "black neon platy".
It is about as big as my Molly where as my other Platies are much smaller, it also has more of a body shape of my Molly. And my Molly and it tend to group together and they peck at eachother sometimes and the black "Platy" seems to protect the Molly.
I tired taking some pictures of him and all my other fish but some are blurry (they are afraid of the camera).
Any thoughts would be helpful. :)
(I am includling pictures of all of my fish to help compare)



(Him and the Molly circling the Bumblebee Platy)

(This is him)



(A picture of the baby Molly just because he is so cute. lol)

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post #2 of 10 Old 12-23-2011, 06:13 AM
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The black one is definitly a molly. Is that the one you were talking about?

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post #3 of 10 Old 12-23-2011, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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The black one is definitly a molly. Is that the one you were talking about?
Yes I am asking about the black one that is kind of glittering with a little white chest.

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post #4 of 10 Old 12-23-2011, 03:26 PM
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It looks like a female swordtail to me. To long to be a platy,but not the right body for a molly plus mollies have bigger eyes.

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It looks like a female swordtail to me. To long to be a platy,but not the right body for a molly plus mollies have bigger eyes.
I looked up female black Swordtails and my fish does look like them. :)
I have never had a Swordtail so that option did not come to mind. lol

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post #6 of 10 Old 12-23-2011, 08:05 PM
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There's a first time for everything.

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There's a first time for everything.
I have heard that Platies and Swordtails should not be housed together. Should I remove her?

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It looks like a female swordtail to me. To long to be a platy,but not the right body for a molly plus mollies have bigger eyes.

x2. It looks like a female Black Berlin Swordtail.
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-23-2011, 09:26 PM
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A female swordtail with male platys should be fine (as far as birthing goes) other way around might be a little dangerous for the female though.

As far as I know anyways, anyone else care to comment?
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-23-2011, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Well the Swordtail is a female. I know for sure both Mickey Mouse Platies are female (they gave birth before). From what I have read I believe I have only one male Platy (the Bumblebee, and he is very tiny).

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