|Scientific Name||Poecilia Sphenops|
|Hybrid of||Sailfin Molly|
|Common Name||Pot Belly Molly|
|Care Level||Special Care|
|Size||2 to 3 Inches|
|Tank Require||Lights & Heater|
|PH level of||7.0 to 8.0|
|Fish Feed||Peas, Algae, Lettuce, Meaty foods, Brine shrimps, Worms, Flake, Frozen-dried|
|Times to Feed||2 to 3 times a day|
|Life Span||3 to 5 years|
|Sexual Organ||Caudal Lyred Fin|
|Breeding Span||28 Days|
What is the Balloon Molly?
Balloon Molly is a hybrid of the Sailfin Molly Fish which belongs to the family of Poecilia latipinna.
These are also known by the name of “Pot Belly Mollies”. Balloon Mollies have a very peaceful temperament that’s why they are easy to keep especially for the beginners. These are also one of the most underrated fishes ever.
What Color, Size, and Shape they Do have?
Balloon Mollies exists in a beautiful combination of White, Yellow and Black colours. Their colour variations are eye-catching which provides a very peaceful and calming effect to the eyes.
Talking about their sizes and how big they can become, Balloon Mollies are the smallest one in all types of Molly Fishes. The adult mollies are about 2 inches in length while the maximum of their size is about 3 inches or 7-9 centimeters.
Why are they Called Balloon?
Their name specifies their shape in the word “Balloon” because they have a small rounded balloon-like belly with the arched back posture. They have a caudal fin of lyre-shaped and an imposing dorsal fin which enhances their beauty and make them more attractive.
Are You keeping them in Perfect Tank?
Balloon Mollies usually require a 30-gallon aquarium or tank size for their efficient growth, enough swimming space, and proper oxygen level.
While they can also survive in a 20-gallon aquarium, but the most important features they require for sustaining and growing in any aquarium or tank are proper light, heater, filters and fresh water with mixed salt with some additional rocks and plants for increased betterment.
Balloon mollies must need an aquarium heater because these are tropical fishes that need maintained water temperature and the PH level should be appropriately managed.
The appropriate water temperature should remain in the range between 68 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (68-82°F), while the PH level of water should be between 7.0 to 8.0.
Balloon Mollies prefer to have live plants in the aquarium because they often love to eat some forms of algae but they won’t disturb or harm the aquatic plants. They mostly like strong plants such as Sagittaria, Anubias, Vallisneria etc.
What To Feed Your Balloon Bellies?
Feeding mollies isn’t a hectic job at all;
you can do it very quickly
Balloon mollies are omnivorous as well as herbivorous (which means they can also eat algae).
As mollies are very active aquarium fishes, so they need a lot of food, approximately 2 to 3 times within a day.
They can eat
- Meaty foods
- Fresh spinach
- Brine shrimps
- Boiled vegetables
- Freeze-dried glass worms and blood-worms
- Plants and some other green foods which can help in improving their health.
Why do they have Constant Size?
So here is the chief Reason I am going to explain
Using low-quality food is not suitable and useful for the mollies as this can decrease their growth and active nature, it’s; necessary to always pick high-quality food items to make them healthy and happy.
How to do Breeding?
Balloon Mollies are the livebearer which means they need a large sized aquarium or tank to breed and give birth to tiny fry directly.
The male mollies have a pointed and larger dorsal fin and the female mollies are smaller in size and have a rounded dorsal fin which differentiates both from each other.
Male Uses the pointed fin to make female pregnant. The Pregnant female has “gravid spot” as the pregnancy signal under the belly as shown below.
Male mollies easily mate with several females which can produce 20-40 babies at a time. Balloon mollies can also breed with other types of mollies.
But only a few numbers of fry (babies) can reach their adulthood others can become the food of other adult fishes in the tank.
Here is a Tip for Fry babies: If you want to save the fry or baby mollies to increase your number of fishes you can also place the newly born babies in a separate tank to save their life from other mollies to eat them.
However, the process of breeding takes about 28 days in warmer temperatures while more time would be required if the temperature is cooler.
Nature: Female mollies usually have a cool temperament than males. Males sometimes become aggressive especially when there are more males in a tank, so it’s better to keep a larger number of female mollies with 2 or 3 male mollies. Balloon mollies can comfortably live with any kind of aquarium fishes, especially with the livebearers.
Any kind of peaceful fish can live happily with them. They can school sometimes their own kind of fishes. Female needs one or two males with them.
Average Life Span:
Mollies usually survive for about 3 to 5 years while all the types of mollies have a different life span.
Considering the life span of Balloon Mollies, they have a shorter life span than other kinds of mollies.
However, the life span can vary in different conditions.
Mollies like to live in ideal water temperature, pH level, and proper filtered water conditions can also survive more than the others, but not in severe conditions.
Especially for balloon mollies, it is essential to keep them in a suitable water condition like saltwater or brackish water rather than keeping them in fresh water.
They can survive more in fresh water because this prevents them from several diseases and illness conditions.
As mollies love swimming, balloon mollies can’t swim very faster compared to other types, and that is due to their balloon shaped belly.
Balloon mollies require special care due to their shorter life span and slower activities than other mollies because some larger sized or faster mollies can also block their feeding routines leaving them with less food to feed.
- Balloon Mollies also have known as “Pot Belly Mollies”, is a hybrid of Sailfin Molly Fish and belongs to the family of Poecilia latipinna.
- They exist in the combination of white, yellow and black colours.
- Their size is about 2-3 inches.
- Have a small rounded balloon-like belly with the arched back posture.
- Have a caudal fin of lyre-shaped and an imposing dorsal fin.
- Can easily survive in a 20 to 30-gallon aquarium or tank with proper light, heater, filters and saltwater with some rocks and plants.
- Water temperature should be in the range of 68 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (68-82°F), the pH level should be 7.0 to 8.0.
- Actually, are Omnivorous as well as herbivorous (which means they can also eat algae).
- Need food approximately 2 to 3 times a day. Balloon Mollies are the livebearer and can produce 20-40 babies at a time.
- The process of breeding takes about 28 days at a suitable temperature & usually survive for about 3 to 5 years while Balloons have a relatively shorter life span.
- Can survive in freshwater and hard water can lead them towards several diseases and illness conditions.
- Can’t swim very faster compared to other types and that is due to their balloon shaped belly.
- Require special care due to their shorter life span and slower activities than other mollies.