Mini Molly is an incredibly overlooked fish as they often get overshadowed by the larger common mollies. These adorable little fish are in fact naturally occurring in the wild and are not a short body or genetic anomaly which is the most surprising thing! The other benefit is they still come in all the beautiful colours that the larger mollies come in whilst staying at a max size of 5 cm which makes them great for small aquariums.
There are also quite literally hundreds of colour variations in mini mollies which make them a downright fantastic fish to add to a community aquarium or a species-only aquarium as they are filled with activity, personality and look stunning.
Mini Mollies are also a livebearer much like other species in the Poecilia family the mini molly are livebearer fish meaning they give birth to live young and are closely related to guppies and platies. Mini mollies are also a great fish to add to planted aquariums as they make for surprisingly good hair algae eaters, they constantly peck at plant leaves and almost scrub plants and rocks clean with their mouth but are overall just a great fish for both beginners and well-seasoned aquarists to enjoy and experience. One other amazing fact about these fish is they can live in full fresh, brackish, and saltwater which just shows how hardy they are. The wild habitat of the mini molly is widespread from South America to Mexico.
Tank Recommendations for your Mini Molly
Being a fish, which grows to only 5 cm and remains very easy to care for, the mini molly can be kept in a fairly small aquarium with the minimum being 30 Liters (10 gallons). However, a larger size is always recommended for these fish due to their size and active nature. A sand or gravel substrate would be fine for these fish as well as they spend most of their time exclusively at the top of the aquarium. However, because mini mollies like alkaline or high ph environments a crushed coral or aragonite sand would be optimal. They will also enjoy plants in the aquarium with great options being ferns, Anubias, Pogostemon, and Vallisneria as these are large and denser growing plants and allow for great natural breeding grounds and placed for fry to grow. As mentioned, mini mollies are in fact considered to be ‘hard water fish meaning they prefer the water to have an elevated PH 7. This still means they can be kept with tetras and most other community fish but the PH should not go lower than this.
Suitable Tank Buddies
The Mini Molly is a very peaceful aquarium fish that can get along with a wide range of tank mates both in fresh and saltwater conditions. They are great with a wide range of community aquarium fish however slower moving fish should be avoided as mini mollies may outcompete them.
Rainbowfish, mudskippers, platies, danios, loaches, and a lot of other common aquarium fish.
Smaller-sized fish such as neon or cardinal tetras, bottom-dwelling fish such as Corydoras, and certain slower moving species like Apistogramma or angelfish.
Large and aggressive species would prey on the mollies such as Oscars and very slow-moving fish like discus or Borneo suckers.
Feeding your Mini Molly
The Gold Marble Molly is very easy to feed once it is settled into the aquarium. It will readily eat a wide range of foods but would prefer to have high a floating nano pellet or flake due to its top dwelling behaviour. Giving them nutritional food with good protein will ensure optimal health. Feeding should happen once during the day during lighting hours.