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Old 09-17-2011, 04:41 PM   #1
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Can Guppy/Molly Hybrids happen?

I have heard that these hybrids can happen but I wonder if it has actually been proven or if people are just assuming that it must have been what happened.

I ask this as i bought new guppies and mollies today and my male lyre tail guppy would rather chase after my orange female balloon molly rather than the female guppies.

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Old 09-17-2011, 06:00 PM   #2
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oh gosh, no idea, but i have both! lol
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:05 PM   #3
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It's possible, but it's rare to get them to breed. My male lyretail trys to breed with my male orange balloon molly too lol.
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No different genius sorry
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:08 PM   #5
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No different genius sorry
No, they are the same genius Poecilia reticulata and Poecilia sphenop, therefor they can inter-breed. Even a simple google search shows that they are the same genius.
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:09 PM   #6
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O sorry i thought they were different... Sorry
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:26 PM   #7
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Yes, they can happen.....here is a video on youtube of some hybirds.......


http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sourc...bb9ct7KimVdsNA
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:40 PM   #8
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Possible yes. I am convinced I own I a few!

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Old 09-19-2011, 05:00 PM   #9
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Yes, they can happen.....here is a video on youtube of some hybirds.......


http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sourc...bb9ct7KimVdsNA

After seeing this I am more convinced. would it have to happen a certain way round i.e. female guppy and male molly or female molly and male guppy?
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:21 PM   #10
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so im guessing molly and platys will breed too!!!!
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it will be weird but cool to have a lyredtail mickey mouse molly
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Apparently it is possible though harder as one is poecilidae and the other is xiphorus?
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Platy and swordtail are both xiphophorus, Molly and guppy poecilidae. But somebody on here told me that the genus didn't matter it can still happen.
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ive seen a video of platy/molly hybrid let me find the link to it
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Platy/Balloon Molly Hybrids - YouTube this is the youtube link
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Oooo, weird! until i saw the last wag tail one of them I wasn't convinced!
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i actually seen them live once but my question is are the hybrids sterile??? i had that question due that if donkeys and horses mate they get mules which are sterile and wont the fish come out the same
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I believe they are sterile yes but can't confirm this. Natures way of preserving the genes I suppose!
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I'm pretty sure those are not hybrids. They just look like a mix of balloon and regular mollies to me. From what I've read about the actual reproduction aspect of these two species is that they don't physically 'fit' together, so it's not likely to be something that'd work outside of a laboratory, let alone some random guy's fish tank.

This combined with the well known fact that livebearer females store sperm for multiple spawnings (i.e. they stay pregnant for several months at a time, almost always 'pre-hit' before they are bought) , the whole thing is extremely unlikely.
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After watching the video again, the molly at around 8 seconds looks interesting because it looks like a blue mickey mouse platy in coloration but it definitely looks like a molly. So now I'm kind of stumped myself, it could be, but then again it could also just be a blue balloon molly.
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