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Old 04-10-2006, 04:40 AM   #1
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Crossbreeding livebearers?

Does anyone know if it is possible for platys swordtails and molliess to interbreed? I wonder what the babies would look like? :P
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as far as I know it can be done, but it's frowned upon lol and they'll most likely be sterile
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Platys and swords are commonly bred. they are both from the genus Xiphophorus.
Mollies can not breed with platys or swords they are from the genus Poecilia. Mollies can breed with guppies but this is fairly rare and the off spring are usually sterile. Mollies and guppies really prefer to breed with there own kind. The off spring are often called gollies or muppies.
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Platties and sword will cross breed and the offspring will breed. They can be very attractive fish and they can be very ugly fish. I actually don't think my LFS has had a true platty in a long time. They all look like the crossbreeds I have had before I knew better. Survival rate is lower, they don't get along with most other fish, IME, and are nothing like the original species. They seem to change alot and act a differently.

Why, who knows but I wouldn't recommend it just because it pollutes the already hard to find true strain gene pool in the LFS.
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Old 04-10-2006, 12:39 PM   #5
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Platys and swords are commonly bred. they are both from the genus Xiphophorus.
Mollies can not breed with platys or swords they are from the genus Poecilia. Mollies can breed with guppies but this is fairly rare and the off spring are usually sterile. Mollies and guppies really prefer to breed with there own kind. The off spring are often called gollies or muppies.

are there any pics of those fish? It would be really interesting to see!!!
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Platys and swords are commonly bred. they are both from the genus Xiphophorus.
Mollies can not breed with platys or swords they are from the genus Poecilia. Mollies can breed with guppies but this is fairly rare and the off spring are usually sterile. Mollies and guppies really prefer to breed with there own kind. The off spring are often called gollies or muppies.

are there any pics of those fish? It would be really interesting to see!!!
I haven't personally seen any pictures but, maybe I can find one doing a search.
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