FRESHWATER
PLATIES

Common Name:  Platy

Species Name:  Xiphophorus Maculatus & X. Variatus

Approx. Size:  1.5" - 2.5"

Compatibility:  Community

Temperature:  68-79°F (20-26°C)

Water Chemistry:  6.5 - 8.3 pH  {Preferably in higher range.}

Diet:  Omnivores
 
Platies are a very popular fish amongst hobbyists and is often one of the first fish purchased.  They
come in a variety of colors and finnage types, including Hifin and Plumetail varietes.  The vast majority of
the Platies seen at the commercial level are Xiphophorus maculatus, Xiphophorus variatus or a cross of
the two.  However, many Platies have also been crossed to Swordtails {Xiphophorus Helleri}
somewhere in their lineage.

There are Platy strains in which all of the fry (babies) will look much the same as the parents (true
breeding) as well as mixed Platies, who produce a seemingly unlimited variety.  Premium Platies are
much more expensive as they are bred to show quality standards and come in true breeding pairs.

Platies are Livebearers, meaning they give birth to live young as opposed to spawning eggs.  They are
easy to breed and give birth approximately every 30-45 days to at least 20-50+ fry.  This reproduction rate
can quickly overwhelm the hobbyist with a small tank.  If you would prefer to not have a population
explosion, it is better to purchase only males.  Females can inseminate themselves for up to six months
from one fertilization.  For an illustrated guide to sexing your Platy, please
click here.    

These attractive Livebearers are easy to care for, requiring only very clean conditions, good
filtration and
a proper diet. They benefit from both protein and vegetation in their diet.  Pealed, quartered peas,
cooked slightly to soften, is a favorite vegetable.  High quality
flake, freeze-dried, fresh and frozen foods
are all eagerly devoured and contribute to a healthy diet.  They appreciate slightly alkaline water, but are
highly adaptable.  You will find many
books available, which will provide you with more detailed
information and guidelines should you require them.
 
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