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 color 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 color 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 10 gallons 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 colored 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.
Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4" to 1-1/2"