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Tropical Fish Index - Platies

Platy - Xiphophorus maculatus

red platy platies

Origin Ciudad Veracruz, Mexico to northern Belize
Maximum Size: 2.5 inch
Care: A hardy and easy fish to take care of. Prefers slightly alkaline water, the minimum tank size is 5 gallons. Feeding: Be sure to provide a variety of foods, preferably live ones, because a nutritious, complete diet will enhance their colors and ensure good health. Keep in mind that they will eat their young if they are small enough.
Breeding: Very easy to breed in the normal livebearer fashion. Breeding livebearers article.
Sexing:The females are bigger than the males. Males have a gonopodium. - See the article above for explanation of gonopodium.
Comments: This fish has many colour variants, the most common being red wagtail platy, sunset platy, tuxedo platy and variatus platy. It is perhaps the ideal beginner's fish and will soon boost anyones convidence with fish keeping provided you follow the cycling article.

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