The Red Platy is a classic beauty that exemplifies the popular Xiphophorus maculatus Platy. The vivid coloration of the Red Platy makes it instantly recognizable to any aquarium hobbyists. There is now a greater variety of Platies boasting new color and fin variations. However, the Red Platy endures the test of time as hardy and wonderful aquarium favorite.
The Red Platy adds bold color to the aquarium and is very easy to keep. These features make it a great fish for beginners and accomplished aquarists alike. The Red Platy requires an aquarium of at least 10 gallons that is densely planted with hardy plants like Java Fern and Java Moss. The Red Platy is a very peaceful fish and makes an excellent addition to the freshwater community aquarium.
The Red Platy is a livebearer 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 modified anal fin or gonopodium. The fry will most often reach maturity in a community aquarium.
The Red Platy is an omnivore that will eat commercially prepared flaked foods and algae, as well as freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp.