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Old 09-07-2011, 04:17 PM   #1
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How to hybridise mollies and platies in a home aquarium
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Old 09-07-2011, 04:41 PM   #2
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You can't they are different species.

Poecilia latipinna = Mollies
Xiphophorus maculatus = Platies

Swords and platies can interbreed because they are both from the Xiphophorus family and guppies and Mollies can cause they are both in the poecilia family.
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Look forward to see if this is possible because as far as I know they are completely different (one a poecilidae the other a xiphophorus). You could cross the platy with swordtails or the Molly with guppies however, it is hard.

I believe you have to have all one sex of one species and one sex of the other because otherwise the fish would breed with their own kind more readily. So follow that and make sure the conditions are right... Then let me know if you manage this!?
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Unbelievably beaten to it! Haha
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I assure you it's not possible, I did some research on this the last time it was asked.

Molly+guppy= yes, but difficult
Platty+sword= yes
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Old 09-07-2011, 04:52 PM   #6
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Yeh you wrote near enough exactly what I was trying to get out! Only difference is you knew it wasn't possible and I didn't know for definite until now. What I did hear somewhere, which would ruin the Latin name theory, is that a guppy can be bred with a swordtail?
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Yeh you wrote near enough exactly what I was trying to get out! Only difference is you knew it wasn't possible and I didn't know for definite until now. What I did hear somewhere, which would ruin the Latin name theory, is that a guppy can be bred with a swordtail?
It's not a Latin name theory it's fact. Guppies and swords are both fish yes, but they come from different families Xiphophorus and Poecilia. Same concept as dogs and cats are both mammals but cant breed with each other

Take African cichlids for example:
Pseudotropheus elegans "Acei"
Pseudotropheus socolofi

One is a Elegans and one is a Socolfi however they are both memebers of the Pseudotropheus family and are genetically close enough to hybridize.
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Yeh I see, just like lions and tigers being panthera and zebra/horses being equus they can hybridise. So no fish with different latin names can hybridise? It just puts to bed that myth I heard about where swordtail guppies originated.
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it can happen. cross breeding can and has been done. even more so on the sw side. it takes time and is extremly hard. even bloodparrots are hyrids
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blood parrots came from Amphilophus citrinellus and Heros severus or Cichlasoma synspilum
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