Platy | Fishkeeping, Origin, Feeding, Water Requirements

Definition of Platy Fish:

It is the cute rounded fish that give most tropical aquariums their red color. Platy is a calm fish. It does not move much, it gets along well with other species. It can be fed in a community aquarium where small species like itself live. It is a type of fish recommended for those who are new to the aquarium hobby. It is very easy to manufacture. It can give birth to a minimum of 10 and up to 60 fry (when it reaches adult height). Platies can reach 5-7 cm (2-2.5") in size. The lifespan of the Platies is 3-5 years.

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What is Platy Fish Scientific Name And Classification?

Class Actinopterygii / Order Cyprinodontiformes / Family Poeciliidae / Genus Xiphophorus / Species Xiphophorus maculatus

Other Names for Platy  Southern Platyfish, Platy, Moonfish, Platy Fish

Are Platies Easy to Keep?

Platies are very easy to keep.

What is The Origin of Platy  Fish?

Platies live in the Atlantic part of the Central American continent.

What Foods Can Platy Fish Eat?

Platys are not selective and can be fed typical flake food. Platys also feed on algae growing in tanks or on soft plants. They also eat food such as bloodworms, water flea, and brine shrimp. They also like to eat vegetables like squash, cucumber, or lettuce.


What is Platy Fish Tank Compatibility?

Platy fish can be kept in peaceful community tanks. They are recommended to be kept with other livebearing. It is important to keep Platys at a rate of 1 male per 2-3 females. Males go after other female breeders and this can stress the fish. Also, the alpha male will chase after other straight men. In small tanks with not many hiding places, it is life-threatening for the weakest man in the long run. Especially if next to the alpha male there is only one other male suffering from all the aggression.

What Size Tank Should Platy Fish Live in?

It is recommended that the fish tank is a minimum of 45 liters (12 gallons)

What are Water Requirements for Platy Fish?

Platies can live between 22-27 ° C (72 -80 °F)

Ideal pH levels for platies would be 7.0 - 8.0 pH. The water hardness of 7-20 ° d will be appropriate. 


How is the Behaviour of Platy Fish?

Platies are community fish. Like other livebearing, males tend to chase females. It is recommended to maintain the ratio of 2-3 females for each male. Platys feed on food from all levels of the tank.

How to Identify Platy Fish Gender?

Females are larger than males. Females have a fan-shaped anal fin, broad abdomen, and a dark, gravid spot. Males have a rod-like anal fin called gonopodium. Gonopodium is not found in females.

How to Breed Platy Fish?

Platy fish breeding is easy. It is recommended to have 2-3 females for a male in the aquarium. Platy is one of the easiest fish to breed. The pregnant platy's belly grows and the back becomes more black. Platies are born alive and the fry are born ready to swim. The female can sometimes eat her fry. It is recommended to have areas in the aquarium to hide fry, like plants.


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