Poecilia “Chocolate”

7. February 2024

Perhaps the most unusual of all Molly breeding forms is Chocolate. This is because it is a dark-colored albino! At first, this sounds like an absolute contradiction in terms, like a “round corner” or the “black mold”. But it’s still true. In the chocolate molly, the red eyes of the albino meet a chocolate-colored body. The body color can vary greatly from strain to strain: from dark chocolate (i.e. very dark) to light nougat (i.e. almost merging into orange-beige), everything is possible and there are also gradations within a strain.

We currently have a very beautiful, interestingly colored chocolate molly in stock, which in its physical characteristics most closely resembles Poecilia latipinna, but is referred to in the trade as a Sphenops molly. We have often reported on this Babylonian confusion, most recently here, for example: https://www.aquariumglaser.de/en/18-toothcarps-killis-and-livebearers/dalmatian-marble-and-calico-mollies/

In terms of color, it is a caramel-chocolate – a delicacy for the eye!

For our customers: the animals have code 432163 on our stock list. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer