Scientific Name: Poecilia velifera
Ease of Care: Easy
Approximate Arrival Size: 1 to 3 inches
Approximate Full Size: 4 inches
Native Region: North America
Gold Sailfin Molly, Poecilia velifera, is a vivid gold color with highlights of orange and red on the scale tips. The male has an extensive dorsal fin that it will raise for displays toward other males or to try to entice a female to spawn. A livebearer, the male also has an elongated anal fin or gonipodium. Growing to 4-6" in length, this species prefers hard water with a salt content between brackish and full marine levels. As an omnivore, the Sailfin will eat most all prepared foods, be sure to include a vegetable based food in the diet. The wild type Sailfin is a green color with black markings. Farm raised varieties range from Gold, Marbled to Black.