Platy
Behaviour Peaceful
Typical size 4cm
Max size 6cm
Tank Area All
Min Tank Size 45cm
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live foods
pH Range 7-8.5
Hardness m,h,vh
Platy Xiphophorus maculatus
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Platy

Xiphophorus maculatus

The Platy is quickly approaching the Guppy in terms of popularity and despite heavy breeding, is still a relatively hardy aquarium fish. There are an endless number of colour varieties available, as well as a 'hi-fin' variety with and enlarged dorsal fin. These bright, active, peaceful fish have an obvious attraction and are well suited to a community of other peaceful fishes. Although they may withstand temperatures down to 18C they are best kept only in tropical aquariums, despite the fact they are often recommended for coldwater or unheated aquaria. A good alternative for unheated tanks is the Variatus Platy (Xiphophorus variatus) which is much more suited to cooler water. Provide hiding spots amongst hardy plants and if kept in small numbers (4 or less), keep several females to a male or just single sex groups.

Family Poeciliidae (Poeciliids) | Synonyms Poecilia maculata, P. maculatus, Platypoecilus maculatus, P. nigra, P. pulchra, P. rubra, P. aurata | Other names Moonfish, Moon Fish, Southern Platyfish | Origin North and Central America | Breeding Livebearer, females are fertilized internally. Will breed readily in an aquarium, fish are mature at four months | Natural Water Conditions pH 7-8, soft to hard | Natural Habitat Slow moving vegetated waters, ditches, springs | Sexing Males are smaller, slender and have a pointed anal fin

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