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This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Platy

Picture of Red Platy
Common namePlaty
Scientific nameXiphophorus species (see Comments)
SynonymsPlatypoecilus (old genus name, where the common name originates from)
Size4" (10cm), females slightly larger.
OriginCentral America
Tank setupCommunity aquarium
CompatibilityPeaceful, ideal community fish
Temperature20-26oC (68-79oF)
Water chemistryMedium hard and slightly alkaline, pH 7.0-8.0
The addition of salt to the tank is not necessary.
FeedingOmnivorous: will eat most aquarium foods, provide a balanced diet of flake, granular foods and frozen or live foods
SexingMales are smaller and have a gonopodium (modified anal fin).
Breeding Like most of the common livebearers, these fish breed very easily - keeping a male and female together is generally all that's required! Ideally they should be kept in a ratio of one male for every 2-3 (or more) females, to avoid harrassment of a single female by the male.

They can be bred in the community tank, but fry may be eaten depending on the other fish that share the tank, and the amount of cover. It would be preferable to remove the female to a separate tank to give birth. The young grow rapidly.

Although the fry are easy to raise, this should not lead to complacency in feeding a varied diet and maintaining good water quality, as this can lead to poor quality fish in the hobby.

Comments Many colour forms and hybrids of this fish have been produced during captive breeding. As well as selective breeding for various colours and patterns, hybrids between different "Platy" species and also with Swordtail species have been produced.

This means that most fish encountered in the hobby are captive bred varieties that are not found in the wild, and do not necessarily correspond to specific species such as Xiphophorus maculatus (Southern Platy) or Xiphophorus variatus (Variable Platy).

Popular captive-bred varieties include Red, Sunset and Tuxedo platies. Livebearer enthusiasts may still wish to seek out the original wild-type species, but due to the huge range of colourful commercial varieties, these are often only stocked in specialist stores or maintained by breeders with an interest in these fish.


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