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Platy Species > Quick Stats
Since they are omnivorous these fish will generally eat all kinds of live fresh and flake foods.
Ever hear the term "Just add water and voila!"? That's basically all you need to do to breed a livebearer! Very easy to spawn, not an aggressive fry eater
Platys tend to prefer a temperature around 76°F.
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Platys are nice peaceful fish one of the most peaceful fish there is. Platies are good tank mates for Mollies, Swordtails, Tetras, Rasboras, Rainbowfish, Danios, Angelfish, Gouramis, Plecos, scavenger Catfish and Bigger Tetras such as Black Skirts, Red Serpaes, and Silver Tips.
Platy Species: Key Points, Tips & Tricks - Platies Q/A
- Sometimes called moons or moonfish, platies come in a large range of colors, fin variations, and markings – including the head and ears of a certain famous mouse on their tails!
- Although nowadays the platies have been interbred with themselves and with swordtails to the point where it is hard to separate species anymore, there were originally two common species X. maculatus, X. variatus, and a rarer species, X. variatus, available to the hobbyist.
- Platies can live for 3 to 5 years and grow to 3". Sometimes they have lived longer and grown bigger.
- The Platy is a livebearer and is 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 tank.
- If the adults are hungry, and adequate hiding places are not available for the young, they can consume the fry.
- They are not picky about their food and will eagerly accept most types of food and will thrive on a diet of flake with the occasional live or frozen food.
Platy Species: DO'S - Platies Q/A
- Sexing, The females are bigger than the males. Males have a gonopodium.
- Platies can cross-breed with Swordtails, and the hybrids are generally larger than the pure Platies.
Platy Species: DONT'S - Platies Q/A
- Buy to many at first, grow your own!
Platy Species Care Sheet - (PETCO.com)
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