The photo is of a young pair (about 3 months old) of our Goldwag Sailfin Mollies.
This strain was one of the first we developed from a cross in 1998 of a male Gold Sailfin Molly we bought from a customer in Albuquerque, New Mexico with female Poecilia latipinna, San Antonio River which I had captured from the wild. After inbreeding the resulting very ugly tan and black mottled F1 fish, we finally ended up with some decent Gold Sailfin Mollies, but they had faults that were difficult to eradicate: black spotting on the body and black striping in the fins. One day I found a young male with a gold body and quite a bit of black in the fins. He reminded me of a goldwag platy. So, fortunately for him, I threw him into a vat with about 20 Gold Sailfin females. That was the beginning of our Goldwag Sailfin Molly strain.
Since that time we crossed them to Poecilia latipinna, Coleto Creek to yield males who hold up their dorsal fins like the one in the photo. The Coleto Creek population of P. latipinna has been used to improve the dorsal fins of most of our commercial mollies resulting in many show awards for our fish.
After generations of selection we have some nice fish, although the strain remains highly variable. Neither of the fish pictured were added to our breeding colony. For both, the fins weren’t black enough and the gold body color wasn’t uniform enough.