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.
Stephen Nelson says
I would love to purchase some of your mollys I am very impressed with your strains, and I would like to see some of the wild strains, but I’m very excited about the green sailfin and WOW on the blue strain! !! Beautiful incredible it took some patients to get therealbum Oops won’t erase album for some reason
Which strains would you be interested in?
Stephen Nelson says
Thank you for getting prices and I am looking at 100 of each, 80 females 20 males thanks again, Stephen
Hi Charles, do you sell fish worldwide?
We currently only ship to the USA except we occasionally ship to foreign universities when they can handle all the customs issues.
Kemoine de lavallade says
I don’t think those mollies are 3 months old. I have Sailfin who are 3 months and 18 days old and they are still less than 1 inch.
Charles Clapsaddle says
They were about three months old when that photo was taken. There are three reasons these fish are larger at that age than yours:
1) We feed high protein foods (42-50%) designed for rapid growth of food fish (trout, catfish, bass, etc.)
2) We maintain our fish at higher water temperatures than most hobbyists. These were summertime fish when our water temperatures are above 85F (30C).
3) We select rigorously for large size.
Our mollies reach 1″ in about three weeks!