Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Assorted Platy Livebearers
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Assorted Platy
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Assorted Platy (Xiphophorus maculatus)

Quick Stats

Minimum Tank Size 10 gallons
Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Water Conditions 64-77° F, KH 10-25, pH 7.0-8.2
Max. Size 2"
Color Form Assorted, Orange, Red
Diet Omnivore
Compatibility View Chart
Origin Farm Raised, Singapore
Family Poeciliidae
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The Platy is an easy-care fish perfect for beginning aquarists. Also known as the Moonfish or the Southern Platyfish, the popular Platy comes in many color and fin variations, the most common being a solid, and brilliant red. Some Platy variations include Wagtail, Blue, Simpson Tuxedo, and Simpson Coral Platy to name a few.

The Platy adds brilliant color to the aquarium and they are very easy to keep. These features make it a great fish for beginners and accomplished aquarists alike. The Platy requires an aquarium of at least 10 gallons that is densely planted with hardy plants like Java Fern and Java Moss. The Platy is a very peaceful fish and makes an excellent addition to the freshwater community aquarium. Any other peaceful fish can be housed with them

The Platy is a livebearer and is capable of reproducing at three to four months of age. The male is smaller and more brightly colored than the female, and can be distinguished by his gonopodium. The fry will most often reach maturity in a community aquarium.

The Platy is an omnivore that will eat commercially prepared flaked foods and algae, as well as freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, and brine shrimp.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4" to 1-1/2"

Customer Testimonials

Erica J Coplay , PA
I have a bunch of mixed Platies. My oldest one is a 2-year-old, 2" female. She is always having babies. I have one that is all gold, one that is bluish silver, one bluish with black spots, and another gold one with black spots. They are beautiful selections.
Bill H Hagerstown , MD
We have several platies and they're pretty good fish. They are energetic and fast swimmers. They're peaceful and more for a little color in the tank.
Johnathan A Batesville , AR
I ordered 5 platy's which arrived on time and in great shape. I received a nice assortment of fish 2 blue, 2 orange, and 1 yellow. They are easy to care for and they're also very active. They love swimming in the water return from the filter and chasing each other around the tank. At least one was pregnant because I found 2 babies in my tank 4 or 5 days after I put them in. Overall I'm happy with them and the customer service from LiveAquaria.
Ben C Bethel , CT
We have one of these beautiful fish in our 20 gallon tank. It swims very fast, but most of the time it likes to hang out near the bottom and look at its own reflection on the tank walls. Its tankmates are an opaline gourami, a red wag swordtail, and a red lobster. The swordtail and the platy love to hang out together and play tail tag. Whenever a newcomer arrives, they both watch together.
I have four Platys and I love them. They mix well with most community fish. They do well in freshwater or brackish.
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