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The Platy is an easy-care fish perfect for beginning aquarists. Also known as the Moonfish or the Southern Platyfish, the popular Platy comes in many colour and fin variations, the most common being a solid, and brilliant red.
Some Platy variations include Wagtail, Blue, Simpson Tuxedo, and Simpson Coral Platy to name a few. The Platy adds brilliant colour to the aquarium and they are very easy to keep.
These features make it a great fish for beginners and accomplished aquarists alike.
The Platy requires an aquarium of at least 30 litres that is densely planted with hardy plants like Java Fern and Java Moss.
The Platy is a very peaceful fish and makes an excellent addition to the freshwater community aquarium.
Any other peaceful fish can be housed with them The Platy is a livebearer and is capable of reproducing at three to four months of age.
The male is smaller and more brightly coloured than the female, and can be distinguished by his gonopodium.
The fry will most often reach maturity in a community aquarium. The Platy is an omnivore that will eat commercially prepared flaked foods and algae, as well as freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, and brine shrimp.
I have always kept at least 5 platys in my tank. They add a wonderful range of colours and I've found them to be a very hardy fish too, having survived a couple of tank problems. They are great breeders. I have had 2 reach full maturity. Always a good idea to keep a close eye when you have males and females. The fry are tiny and will look for cover. I've found that they like to use driftwood and moss as cover until they are big enough to brave exploring the whole tank.