this is an excellent tropical fish for the beginner and the community tank. They are peaceful, hardy and colorful. Couple this with the fact that they are prolific livebearers 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 – Sunburst Platy – Xiphophorus Maculatus/Variatus
Current Size – 4cm
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.