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Rainbow Platy
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Rainbow Platy (Xiphophorus maculatus)
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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 Black, Red, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Compatibility View Chart
Origin Malaysia
Family Poeciliidae
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The Rainbow Platy is a beautiful yellow, red, and black color variety of the popular Xiphophorus maculatus Platy. Through selective breeding, platies are now available in a wide range of new color and fin variations. The Rainbow Platy is a great example of an atypical color variation.

The Rainbow Platy adds brilliant color to the aquarium and are very easy to keep. These features make it a great fish for beginners and accomplished aquarists alike. The Rainbow Platy requires an aquarium of at least 10 gallons that is densely planted with hardy plants like Java Fern and Java Moss. The Rainbow 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 Rainbow Platy is a livebearer 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, tubifex, and brine shrimp.

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

Customer Testimonials

Michel C FL
One of the top best looking platy! Its colors are deep with a shine. I want to order more!
Heather Z Orangeburg , SC
Very beautiful, active fish! Their beauty is not done justice by photographs. Great for a community tank.
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