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Mollies are one of the most popular freshwater species in the aquarium trade and are perfect aquarium fish for beginners. Peaceful by nature, the molly is great for freshwater community tanks. They’re easy to care for and can adapt well to most standard tank setups. Mollies have been cross-bred a lot. 

Coburg Aquarium stock a huge range of Live Molly Fish and Aquarium Products, delivered Australia Wide. 

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Features of Lyretail Molly Fish :

  • The lyretail molly has a beautiful tailfin.
  • It features the same fanned shape as other mollies.
  • However, the top and bottom have lengthy rays to create a forked appearance.

Lyretail Molly Fish : Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Lyretail Molly Fish:

The Lyretail molly can be kept in a small aquarium with the minimum of 30 Litres. That tank size recommendation is suitable enough for up to four mollies. A larger tank is always appreciated to provide mollies some extra space.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

The Lyretail Molly is a very peaceful aquarium fish that can get along with a wide range of tank mates. They are great with a wide range of community aquarium fish however slower moving fish should be avoided as mollies may outcompete them. Great tank mates for Lyretail Molly include:

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Lyretail Molly Food :

The Lyretail Molly is very easy to feed. They accept floating nano pellets or flakes due to its top dwelling behaviour. Live, Frozen food like Bloodworms, shrimp, and dried black worms can provide mollies with good protein and that will ensure optimal health. In Coburg Aquarium online, we stock a variety high quality fish food for your choice.

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Lyretail Molly Fish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

One thing you will need is a strong filtration system since mollies are big waste producers. A small group can easily raise ammonia and nitrate levels to unhealthy levels. Choose a powerful filter that can hold a lot of biomedia. Additional internal or external sponge filters are great, too.

Here are some great ones to consider:

Plants for Lyretail Molly Fish

They will 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.

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Decorations for Lyretail Molly Fish

Lyretail Mollies do very well with natural decor that mimics the tropical rivers they inhabit in the wild. This means adding plenty of places to seek shelter, such as Cove, Pipe, and Driftwoods.

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Standard lighting system is fine. Mollies aren’t picky about lighting levels, but you do need lights to keep the plants healthy.


A sand or gravel substrate would be fine for these fish. However, because mollies like alkaline or high ph environments a crushed coral or aragonite sand would be optimal.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

Additional Information

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

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