Other Platy Names:
Platy Scientific Name:
Xiphophorus maculatus, Poecilia maculata, Poecilia maculatus, Platypoecilus aurata, Platypoecilus cyanellus, Platypoecilus maculatus, Platypoecilus maculatus aurata, Platypoecilus maculatus cyanellus, Platypoecilus maculatus sanguinea, Platypoecilus nigra, Platypoecilus pulchra, Platypoecilus rubra, Platypoecilus sanguinea
Species Type: Livebearers
Platy Adult Size: 2.5 inches (cm)
Platy Life Expectancy: 3 years
Platy Habitat: Central American lakers, river, streams and swamps.
Platy Minimum Tank Size:
Platy Diet & Nutrition:
Omnivorous - does well with flake foods but also eats algae.
Some salt in the water will do the fish good. Generally very easy to keep, however, excessive inbreeding has weakened many of the commonly available strains. Good water quality should always be maintained.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other community fish.
Platy Breeding & Spawning:
Platies are livebearers. Floating plants will help with the survival of the baby Platies, as the parents may turn cannibalistic. Breeding comes naturally to livebearers, so virtually no effort is needed to breed them. The babies should be removed as soon as they are free swimming to a separate tank to ensure their survival. For good quality offspring, only breed your best specimens. While good for beginners or as a last resort, breeding traps are not a good place to raise fry.
Determining Platy Sex:
Sex can be easily determined by the male's modified anal fin (gonopodium). Females grow larger and have a more rounded body.
None specific to species.
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