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What is this fish known as?
Old 05-04-2014, 07:19 PM   #1
 
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Smile What is this fish known as?

Is this a Gold Dust Molly or a Gold Medallion Molly female? Or something else? And the 2nd one is a male Sailfin Lyretail Green? Any help to get the name correct would be appreciated.
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:15 PM   #2
 
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The top one looks like a harlequin molly. Likely crossed with some shorter-finned molly(possibly the wild short fin if your other one is any indication. Here's a harlequin sailfin, they can have black markings on their bodies as well: http://www.thinkfish.co.uk/tropical-...n-molly-01.jpg

The other one looks like a silver sailfin mix though I have seen some wild molly crossed with silver sailfins come out that way.

Both are likely mixes, the top one most certainly could be a gold dust mix, the shape is right. I have some creamsicle(aka Butterfly Lyretail mollies) mixed with a wild short-fin molly who came out similar.

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Old 05-05-2014, 11:25 AM   #3
 
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Wink This male is iridescent in color

This male Sailfin Lyretail Molly was pure white when I bought him, probably from being in the store tank, and the stress of bringing him home. I thought he was a white one, or silver. Then I got a good shot of him and took it to another store, and by now he was iridescent, with a gold belly and head, darker stripes vertical and in the light looked green, blue, silver, and rainbow-like. So this would be a "silver" Molly? He is 3" or so large, and is shy compared to the orange sailfin who shares the females with him. But I have a "silver" female who is just whitish/silver plain pale solid color all over, so what is she? They both can't be silver... store said the iridescent male is green? I am confused...

I will call the female a Harlequin Gold then, maybe a mix with Gold Dust. Thanks!
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:12 PM   #4
 
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Harlequin Gold fits. Could be an oddball gold nugget mixed with a gold dust too, mixes have no proper names. lol

The "Silver" one could indeed be a green molly. Looks like one. I had forgotten about those, only seen them once. Some come out like yours, others come out darker or even sorta spotted. Many of the lighter ones do have a bit of yellow on them, especially around the belly, tail, or chest.

Silver mollies are typically white and stay there. They're properly called White Mollies though. Sometimes you get silvery-grey ones mixed in there that fit the name. I have some real silver mollies.

Basically aside from the male that may in fact be a green sailfin, your other is likely a mix, and knowing what mix will be nigh impossible, some mixed mollies can come with a rather large assortment of colors even if the parents didn't carry them. Especially if they're second or third generation mixes.

These are some of my mixes. In this photo you can see a silver(or white molly which was mom) mixed with a short finned molly, and some silver dalmations. They are not white like mom, but are true silver like dad though they lack the yellow he had on his tail and belly. The pale orange and black one is a wild short-fin molly mixed with a creamsicle. The pretty cream colored one on the very bottom with orange spots and the nice sail is a creamsicle mixed with a silver sailfin.

A creamsicle short-fin mix(see why I thought yours might be one except mine has more black):


Here are a couple different green mollies via google and not my own collection:
http://www.fishlinkworldwide.com/fis...n_sf_molly.jpg
http://easytospot.blogs.com/.a/6a00d...181ef6f970b-pi
http://goliadfarms.com/wp-content/up...lfin_male1.gif
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:18 AM   #5
 
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Thumbs up Yep, he is a GREEN Sailfin Lyretail Molly!

After looking at the pix of your own and others, I am now sure that's what he is. He matches them perfectly.

About that other Marble shot that I posted in the beginning, I think the blue on the tail is just the camera flash bouncing off the tail, it is not blue inherently. I see this when I use the flash, even low level, so I am trying not to use it any more. The female looked like that as well, and she is plainly a Marble Molly. But very light color overall, with the smaller black spots on her body and fins.

Thank you for your input, I have some other babies that are now getting their colors and big enough to see better, and many from a Dalmatian Lyretail mother are showing a blotch of black on their bodies and the rest is a silver color. Like an ink blot drawing, not Dalmatian, not Marble. You have two like that in your first pix, in the center, spotted dorsal fin, tail, and a patch here and there. We need to give them another name, like "Ink Blot" since they don't fit exactly the Marble or Dalmatian design.
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