Tag Archives: Poecilia

Poecilia (Mollienesia) sphenops RED

9. September 2022

The breeders in Southeast Asia have realized a new color variation of the good old Black Molly, which they call “Red”. This is not a solid red fish, like for example a red swordtail, but the breeding form “Red” of the Molly has red spots in different intensity on the scales. When viewed from above, this is particularly noticeable because most fish have more of these red spots in the top three rows of scales. In addition, there is a red colored chest to varying degrees.

So that no rogue thinks that this red coloration is a product of Photoshop, we have photographed some of the long time known golden Mollies with the new “Red”. In direct comparison the difference is very clear.

The beautiful new “Red” are available in traditional shortfin and lyrafin.

For our customers: normal finned Molly “Red” have code 432152, lyra finned code 432154 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Poecilia velifera Blood Red

1. March 2022

The golden albino breeding form of the sailfin molly (Poecilia velifera) was created in the early 1980s. At that time it was celebrated as a sensation. Nowadays it is one of the most popular breeding forms of this molly. 

Particularly color-intensive golden sailfin mollies are called “Blood Red”. These animals are currently brought to the market in very good quality from Southeast Asia.

For our customers: the fish have code 432864 on our stocklist. Please note that we supply only wholesale.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Poecilia wingei Campoma No31 Snake Blue

6. December 2021

Infinite is the variety of colors, patterns and color combinations possible in wild guppys. In natural biotopes no two males are alike. There are multiple mechanisms, genetic and biological, that ensure this. This is also true for the two wild guppy populations assigned to the species Poecilia wingei: Campoma and Cuminá.

However, if individual males of such natural populations are placed and mated separately and their offspring as well, it is possible to breed a largely uniform color variant in a very short time (one guppy generation takes less than 8 weeks). Such a selection breeding is Campoma No31. It is not a special species, but a color variant of the Endler Guppy. We can offer these cute animals in pairs.

For our customers: the fish have code 419017 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Guppy Endler

8. October 2021

No fish species is as changeable as the Guppy. There are no two males in nature that are exactly alike in color. This is true for all four Guppy species (Poecilia reticilata, P. wingei, P. obscura and P. kempkesi), which therefore cannot really be distinguished from each other externally (genetically, however, they can).

In the case of the Endler Guppy (Poecilia wingei), there are now so many breeding forms in which the males look identical that the impression can arise that this guppy species is also uniformly colored in nature. This is not the case at all. The animals we offer as “Endler Guppy” originate from non-directional swarm breeding, i.e. a larger number of males and females swim together in the breeding aquarium and have the free choice of mate. The resulting colorful society represents the natural color variability quite well, however, even with this breeding method appearances of domestication develop, because all natural predators are missing. Thus also these “pure”, on wild-catches based breeding-strains have meanwhile often clearly larger fins and become also altogether larger than their wild-living cousins. The females prefer bigmouths – excuse me, I mean of course big fins. Nothing can be done about that…

For our customers: the animals have code 419063 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Poecilia wingei Blue Star

25. August 2021

Poecilia wingei is widely distributed in the hobby after its best known local variant as Endler´s Guppy. It remains much smaller than the normal Guppy and is very popular with many aquarists because of its graceful body shape. 

Just as with the common Guppy, numerous local forms can be observed with P. wingei. The ancestor of the “Blue Star” was caught in 2010 by Phillippe Voisin and friends in Venezuela, some also call it French Blue Endler. We can offer this beautiful fish in good numbers of pairs right now.

For our customers: the animals have code 419106 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Guppy Neon Green Lyretail

9. July 2021

Aquaristics is unimaginable without the multitude of colorful livebearer breeding forms. However, this also means that there is competition between the different breeding lines for the buyers’ favor. A good name clearly sells. And even if, strictly speaking, the Neon Green Lyretail is neither neon green in color nor has a lyre tail – who cares? The little beauty has been sold under this name for a good 20 years and enjoys great popularity.

For our customers: the animals have code 418883 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Poecilia wingei Endler Campona No48 black green snakeskin

31. May 2021

If there is one fashionable fish that has defined the last decade, it is the Endler guppy, Poecilia wingei. This small guppy species has countless fans all over the world and efforts are made to preserve the “pure” strains of wild caught variants. However, in the wild these wild variants are by no means uniformly colored, on the contrary, they occur partly strongly mixed, and often only a few specimens with particularly striking coloration have been taken. By selection breeding, strains can be obtained relatively quickly, in which the males look very similar.

The “Campona No48” is such a cute dwarf. One of its peculiarities are the white pelvic fins in the male, which in certain stages of courtship are stretched far forward that they could form a straight line with a white line in the dorsal fin. As with all Endler forms, the black pattern elements are additionally particularly prominent during courtship.

For our customers: the animals have code 419019 on our stocklist. Please note that we supply exclusively to wholesalers.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Poecilia velifera Silver

6. April 2021

Silver mollies are among the most popular livebearers. Most of the silver mollies in the trade are a breeding form of Poecilia latipinna. Since the species Poecilia latipinna, P. sphenops, P. mexicana and P. velifera can be crossed and color characteristics and certain fin shapes (e.g. lyratail) are transferred to the hybrid young, the desired characteristics can be transferred to the parent species by backcrossing the hybrid young to the parent species. This is what happened with the silver colored sailfin mollies (Poecilia velifera), which, like sailfin mollies in general, are not easy but splendid fish for advanced enthusiasts.

For our customers: the animals have code 433034 on our stocklist. Please note that we supply exclusively to wholesalers.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Poecilia velifera Green

5. March 2021

From the sailfin molly, Poecilia velifera, which originates in the hot coastal regions of Mexico, there are mostly cultivated forms in the trade: Golden, chocolate, leopard, dalmatian, black, etc.. The “green” wild form is much rarer, although they are very colorful animals. All sailfin mollies on the market are bred ones.

The huge dorsal fin of the males is not bred to the sailfin molly, it is a species characteristic. It is not useful for anything – except showing off. Sailfin females are obviously totally into showing off (quite different from human females; who would have ever heard that a woman falls for a guy just because he looks good, drives a swanky car and has a fat watch on his wrist) and so the huge dorsal fin developed already in nature by the breeding choice of the females.

For our customers: the animals have code 432604 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Poecilia salavatoris

15. February 2021

The Liberty Molly is a long-established aquarium fish that was imported into the hobby before World War 2 and has never disappeared since. However, our aquarist forefathers considered any short-finned molly to be Poecilia sphenops, and so the Liberty Molly was also treated as a variant of this species. Today we distinguish again a lot of species among the short-finned mollies and so the Liberty Molly was assigned to the species Poecilia (subgenus Mollienesia) salvatoris, which was already described in 1907 from warm springs in the area of San Salvador in El Salvador.

The name “Liberty Molly” was given because the three-colored dorsal fin of the males reminded imaginative people of the colors of the French tricolor and the American flag – both symbols of liberty.

Liberty Mollies are extremely lively, fast fish, which give a lot of pleasure, but they should never be combined with calm-loving species. 

For our customers: the animals have code 280562 on our stocklist. Please note that we supply exclusively to wholesalers.

Text % photos: Frank Schäfer