Can u breed mollies and platies

  1. j

    joe Valued Member Member

  2. f

    fletch Valued Member Member

    I think its possible to breed any similar sized live bearers. so saying that, pretty much anything apart from mosquito fish
     
  3. J

    Jason Well Known Member Member

    You can interbreed swordtils, mollies, platies and guppies
     


  4. 0morrokh

    0morrokh Fishlore VIP Member

    If you have, say, 2 male Mollies and 2 female Platies, the question is how to make them not breed!
     
  5. f

    fletch Valued Member Member

    they probably wont but they can. Why wouldnt you want to interbreed them?
     
  6. D

    DEADFISH New Member Member

    as you were saying they can be interbread....how do they turn out?
     
  7. B

    Boxermom Valued Member Member

    I've been told by a scientist that they cannot interbreed.
     
  8. S

    Semantic Drift Valued Member Member

    Here's something I read on the Wikipedia entry for X. maculatus - "The fish commonly sold in pet shops is not a pure strain of X. maculatus, but is a hybrid between X. helleri and X. maculatus. In general if the male has a sword shaped tail they are called swordtails. Otherwise they are labeled platy. Color and fin shape vary wildly in the aquarium trade."

    So, apparently, platys and swordtails can hybridize. I read some other sources, not as reputable as Wikipedia (if that's possible) that other livebearers can interbreed too.