Just like the Swordtail, this is an excellent tropical fish for the beginner and the community tank. They are peaceful, hardy and colourful. Couple this with the fact that they are prolific live bearers and what is there not to like! They have been one of the most popular tropical aquarium fish for the last 50 years for a reason.
The Platy is a fairly small but active fish that does well when kept in groups with others of the same species and with other small community fish.
Species – HiFin Platies - Xiphophorus Maculatus/Variatus
Current Size – 2.5cm - 3cm
Adult Length – 5cm (Females) 4cm (Males)
Temperature Range – 18 - 27°C
pH Range – 6.5 – 8.0
Special Requirements - It is advisable to keep 2 females to every male to prevent the male harassing the female.
Tanks Mates and Compatibility – Very peaceful and can be kept with most community species. They exhibit none of the aggression of some swordtails and mollies, and even males tolerate one another.
When males and females are to be housed in the same tank, there should be more females to spread out the attention of the males which can be relentless. Batches of fry will be continual.
Feeding – Unfussy and will accept most foods, whether frozen, live or dried.
Please note – Some images used are library photos and will show the colour potential at a fully mature size, as our fish are juveniles they may vary.
We always aim to supply the fish as close to the purchase size as possible. On rare occasions if this is not possible we will contact you.
The fish are selected at random however you are welcome to make a note on the order and the fish manager will do his best for you, requests are dependent on stock at the time of your order.
Tanks Mates: Platies are not aggressive and so they are excellent in community tanks of small fish and fish of comparable size.
Feeding: . They are an omnivores and should be fed a good quality varied diet that includes crushed flake and live or frozen food as well as Algae-based food.