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Aluyasha 12-23-2011 12:00 AM

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)
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c1...a/DSCF3733.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c1...a/DSCF3723.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c1...a/DSCF3718.jpg
(Him and the Molly circling the Bumblebee Platy)
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c1...a/DSCF3717.jpg
(This is him)
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c1...a/DSCF3734.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c1...a/DSCF3731.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c1...a/DSCF3719.jpg
(A picture of the baby Molly just because he is so cute. lol)
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c1...a/DSCF3712.jpg

sam7152004 12-23-2011 05:13 AM

The black one is definitly a molly. Is that the one you were talking about?

Aluyasha 12-23-2011 01:54 PM

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Originally Posted by sam7152004 (Post 928435)
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.

Jayy 12-23-2011 02:26 PM

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.

Aluyasha 12-23-2011 03:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jayy (Post 928609)
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

Jayy 12-23-2011 07:05 PM

There's a first time for everything.

Aluyasha 12-23-2011 07:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jayy (Post 928831)
There's a first time for everything.

I have heard that Platies and Swordtails should not be housed together. Should I remove her?

tropics007 12-23-2011 07:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jayy (Post 928609)
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.

zof 12-23-2011 08:26 PM

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?

Aluyasha 12-23-2011 09:19 PM

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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