Molliesia Ballon - a fish with a short body and a large abdomen. The ridge of these individuals is strongly curved; even a large abdomen does not save internal organs from compression. The typical color of this fish is gray-yellow or silver. The entire body of the fish except the abdomen has spots of dark colors. The natural habitat of this fish species is Latin America (mainly salty water). In nature, this species of fish can reach sixteen centimeters in length, while in the aquarium, fish are twice as shorter.
Usually this species lives in the aquarium for three to five years. Females are much larger than males, have a rounded anal fin, in males it is more conical. This type of fish is viviparous.
This fish is omnivorous, but its body requires the use of a large amount of plant food. Most of the daily diet of mollinasia balloon is made up of algae and other underwater plants. The need for small insects and crustaceans is small. It is best to add slices of cucumber and spinach to the feed during feeding. In addition, it is worth remembering that since this species of fish loves plant foods, it is very likely that it will eat aquarium plants and algae. These fish are not able to live long exclusively on protein foods, although sometimes they do not mind eating it. To maintain health, it is sometimes recommended to feed mollies with bloodworms. To maintain the health of the fish, it is recommended to feed it with different products several times a day, focusing on plant foods.
Maintenance and care
Mollinesia balloon best survive in large aquariums, in which each fish will have enough free space. The health of the fish is affected by the hardness of the water. The tougher it is, the better individuals will feel. If this type of fish is present in the aquarium, you need to carefully monitor the state of the water: change at least a quarter of every two weeks. If the aquarium is very crowded, then this should be done as often as possible. In addition, in order to ensure the most favorable living conditions for mollies, a little salt of aquarium salt should be added to the aquarium: two to three tablespoons for every ten liters. Of course, this species feels rather well in completely fresh water, but the more saline their "house" is, the better they will feel.
Breeding this type of fish is quite easy. Typically, the female is able to give birth to a hundred fry. In order to start fish farming, it is enough to plant a male and a female in one aquarium. The fry quickly reach puberty, and the structure of the organism of viviparous fish allows them to give birth to fry even when the male is removed from the aquarium. To possess this property and give birth to more fry without the participation of the male, molliesia can last up to six months. This is also related to the fact that after the birth of the bulk of the fish, the female’s belly still remains rounded - she continues to bear the rest. The born fry are fully prepared for aquatic life and grow rapidly. However, it is worth remembering that small individuals are also very sensitive to water parameters. If the aquarist does not have the opportunity to transplant fry into a separate aquarium, then you can fill a five-liter bottle with water and transplant them there. Mollinasia pregnancy lasts about a month. At this time, the female can easily notice a darkened and rounded abdomen.
It is not recommended to breed this type of fish in an aquarium with other species that can eat offspring. If there is no opportunity to plant fry, then it is recommended to add plants (preferably floating) to the aquarium so that the fish can hide in them. An ideal place for the growth of fry is Javanese moss. Feed them should be finely grated feed, ciliates.