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Silver Lyretail Molly

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  • Diet: Flake, Frozen, Freeze-dried
  • Maximum size: 3"
  • Water temperature: 72-82° F
  • Swimming level: Middle
  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Tank Setup: 10+ gallons, moderately planted
Note: Pet availability is seasonal. State and local regulations may vary. Pricing may vary by store location. PetSmart stores cannot match the price above for this pet. Ask a store associate for details. Great for beginner aquarists, mollies are attractive, hardy fish that come in a variety of colorations and color patterns. Mollies are peaceful fish that will sometimes school with their own kind. Females should out number males two to one. One of the most fascinating features of mollies is that they are a live bearing species, meaning they give birth to free-swimming offspring.

Learn about Silver Lyretail Mollies

Common Name
Silver Lyretail Molly

Scientific Name
Poecilia sphenops species


Feeding Habits
Fresh spinach, zucchini, peas and lettuce. Live blood worms, glass worms, brine shrimp and tubifex worms. Frozen vegetable diet, daphnia, plankton, beef heart, brine shrimp, glass worms and blood worms. Flake and freeze dried foods also accepted.

Peaceful fish that will sometimes school with their own kind. Females should out number males two to one.

Columbia: Moderately decorated with rocks, live plants and driftwood.

The male has a longer pointed dorsal fin, while the females is smaller and rounded. Males also have a gonopodium (underneath the body of the male is one fin that hangs down and what looks like a fin folded up against his body, this is a gonopodium. Where as the female has two fins that hang down). They are livebearers that will produce 20-40 babies at one time and they will eat their young.

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Silver Lyretail Molly
2.49 New Out Of Stock
Silver Lyretail Molly is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fish I got 2 of these fish for school and one for my home tank they are great they dont nip any other fish i have in the school or home tank they are quite and fast they dont aggervate any of the other fish i have either. I would easily get another one of these fish if i died Its great for a community tank.
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, Curious Fish! I love these fish! My Silver Lyretail lives in a 10 gallon tank with a Dalmation Molly, both are males, and is perfectly happy. He swims all around the tank and loves to hang around the filter and my fake plant. He never nips any fins, but that may be because my other Molly isn't a Lyretail. My only complaints are kind of shallow, but one of them is he hogs all the food. I have to distract him so I can feed my other Molly, whose name is Sassafrass. My other complaint is he is hard to see because I have white sand as a substrate. He loves to hang around the side of the tank, because that is where the aquarium salt sits. There is a goldfish on the side of the box and he tries to communicate with it. I love these fish!
Date published: 2015-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from pretty fish these are amazing fish look pretty when chasing each other, very easy to keep. oh and they nip at each others fins. i kept mine with baby tetras they did fine, just make sure when you pour water after cleaning pour it slowly else they die
Date published: 2014-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very lively fish! I got a pair of them for my 10 gal tank and they are really energetic.Be careful to not overfeed them because they eat as much food that you give them.Also make sure you have hiding spots because if they dont this can cause stress.Overall, its an excellent fish!
Date published: 2011-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great fish I got a female. It is so nice. But after it got pregnant it started geting a little mean to other fish. But still a great fish. Fantastic colors too.
Date published: 2011-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great fish my female siliver lyretail has had two sets of babies within 3 months, because of my dalmation molly. my silver lyretail seems very hungry all the time, and she eats all the food. pretty, but a hogger!
Date published: 2011-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great fish I got 1 silver male lyretail molly in my 20 gallon tank.These fish are active and on the same day got him he mated with my silver ballon molly.I aslo have three females.When i get my 55 gallon soon i am getting a lot of these and various mollie species.He mated with my dawrf molly so i hope iget darwf sailfins.I got him on sale .Fantastic fish
Date published: 2011-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tuff I got a big one to keep my dwarf gourami in line and he does a great job of keeping peace in the whole tank my Dalmatian Molly loves him and the little fish are happier not being beatin up by the gourami :) Seems to balance the tank
Date published: 2012-06-23
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Can you put any molly fish with any gourami in a 10 gallon tank?

Asked by: hvpe
I have 4 assorted Molly's in with my blue gourami and they seem to be just fine but when I bought them they were all housed together. just try to gauge the particular gourami and if it seems mellow you should be fine
Answered by: Austinpinson
Date published: 2019-03-26

Can you pick the gender you want for the fish?

Asked by: Mollyfish
Answered by: 1029831
Date published: 2019-02-18

does it live in a fishbowl or an aquarim?

Asked by: jowehpiawuht
An aquarium is preferred, but a pair could live in a 2+ gallon (mollies are social fish). Just make sure they are the same gender so you do not end up with babies. If you would like to breed mollies a 10+ gallon aquarium would work.
Answered by: 1029831
Date published: 2019-02-20

is it a saltwater or freshwater fish?

Asked by: jehunt
They are freshwater but can live in brackish water but they can't live in only saltwater.
Answered by: Mollyfish
Date published: 2019-01-28

Can a silver lyretail Molly be in a 1 gallon tank

Asked by: Hi27
they are small fish so yes, just make sure you have a filter and hiding spots for them
Answered by: jehunt
Date published: 2019-02-20

Is this fish saltwater fish

Asked by: Christiner
No, they are freshwater but can live in brackish water.
Answered by: Swan1017
Date published: 2019-02-20
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