The Gold panda molly is a molly found in the aquarium trade. The molly is thought to have been a hybrid of the Gold Dust Molly and possibly the black molly. It most likely does not live in the wild. The sailfin molly (Poecilia latipinna) is included in the cross, and some breeders[who?] have considered the Latin name of the gold panda molly to be Poecilia latipinna.
A man who bred a hybrid called the gold dust molly and others is said[by whom?] to have decided to breed a new type. This type was made by combining the gold dust molly and another species. It is likely that the dalmatian or black molly were involved in the mix, and created the gold panda molly.
The gold panda molly does well with other mollies, corydoras, guppies, Neon tetras, and Zebra danios. It prefers water with a pH level of 6-8 and will eat flakes and pellets. It is a very peaceful fish.
Some common and widespread species are often kept as aquarium fish, while other have very small ranges and are seriously threatened. All species in Poecilia are called mollies except for the Endler's livebearer (P. wingei) and the well-known guppy (P. reticulata). Without a modifying adjective, molly usually refers to the species Poecilia sphenops.
Along with their platy relatives, the mollies are part of a pivotal aquaculture group of livebearers, which can live in water from fresh to fully marine, and a wide range of other conditions. They feed on smaller insects, animals, and vegetation.
The generic name Poecilia derives from the Greek ποικίλος (variegated), in reference to the fishes' coloration.
The common mollies (P. sphenops) occur in several different colors and spot patterns, such as black, white, black and white spots, orange, and orange and white spots. These have been kept successfully in freshwater, brackish, and saltwater conditions, although the last is not recommended for the novice aquarist. Mollies need to live in water at 25 to 28 °C (77 to 82 °F).
^Plath; Heubel; García de León; & Schlupp (2005). Cave molly females (Poecilia mexicana, Poeciliidae, Teleostei) like well-fed males. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol 58: 144–151.
^Bragança, P. H. N. and W. J. E. M. Costa (2011): Poecilia sarrafae, a new poeciliid from the Paraíba and Mearim river basins, northeastern Brazil (Cyprinodontiformes: Cyprinodontoidei). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters v. 21 (no. 4) [Dec. 2010]: 369–376.
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