The Ultimate Platy Fish Guide

By Nadine Oraby | 2020 Update

After writing dozens of articles on the internet about pets and their care, I came to a general conclusion: almost every other person thinks that the easiest pets to keep are fish and birds. Most of them believe that these pets can survive on their own, have no particular food requirements, and stay civil together.

“Let’s buy an aquarium for the kids. Fish are easy pets, you know.”

That’s what I heard my father say a few weeks ago. And that opened my eyes to how much we’re unaware of fish and their requirements.

So, in order to provide a complete and comprehensive guide for platy fish, a breed which is a very famous pet choice, I decided to combine all my knowledge from my articles into one place.

Platy Fish Care Guide (Video)

This article will be divided into several chapters; with each one containing a different aspect and a complete article in it. Feel free to browse through all the chapters and find the one that you need.

In the end, I have carefully curated a list of some quality amazon products that you can purchase for your platy fish and its aquarium.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Platy fish

Platy is a fresh water fish which belongs to the genus of Xiphophorus. It contains two different species, the Southern platy fish and the variatus platy. Due to intermixing of these species and many other closely related fish, platies today have dozens of different variations in colors and types. This makes it quite hard to distinguish between both the species of platy fish as most of them are hybrids.

If you’re looking for places where platy fish naturally reside, you would want to take a drive to the Central American and Mexican coasts where they are found in quite an abundance.

Platies come in various colors

Platy fish are one of the most common and famous fish when it comes to keeping pets. A lot of times, people get confused as to which one a platy fish is as their defining characteristics are quite unknown to the general public.

“Is it the yellow one? Black? Red…no, the brown?”

Well, it’s all of them! Platies are one of the most colorful fishes on the planet. Their small size also adds to their cuteness. Contrary to most animals, the female in platy fish seems to be bigger in size than the male, with the former having a length of around 2-2.5 inches and the latter having a length of almost 1.5 inches.

That’s quite shocking, no? There are not a lot of animal species that have a larger female counterpart. But what’s even more interesting is that you probably would not even be able to tell the difference between both genders. Morphologically, both genders are quite similar.

The difference between male and female platies

Here is a list of differences that you can look for in order to identify whether your fish is male or female:

  • Color
  • Size
  • Morphology and fin shape
  • Nature of male and female platies

Color

The color of the male platy fish is more vibrant and intense. Other than that, both genders seem to be fairly similar in terms of the hue on their bodies.

Size

As mentioned above, unlike most species in the animal kingdom, platies have a female counterpart which is larger in size than the male! Although this species is known for its miniature size, nonetheless, female platy fish can attain the size of around 2-2.5 inches while males can grow as long as 1.5-2 inches.

Morphology and fin shape

Although platy fish are not clearly dimorphic (having two different body shapes for male and female), yet slight changes can be noticed. The male platy fish has evolved its anal fin into a stick-like gonopodium. This is used as the male genital by the platy fish. In the female, this fin is “fan-shaped.”

The caudal fin also presents a slight difference between the male and female platy fish. This fin is sharper and stick-like in the males while the females have a normal caudal fin.

As platy fish are live-bearing animals, so the pregnant females can easily be identified with an apparent lump in their mid-body. You really can’t miss this lump if you keep a good eye on your platy fish. Seeing this lump will also raise the alarm bells for you to expect a batch of 8-20 or even 40 fry, all at once!

The nature of male and female platy fish

Platy fish, in general, are very peaceful animals who can adjust with each other as well as other fish. If you have a lot of different types of fish with your platies, you can expect the latter to behave nicely with or without your supervision.

Because platy fish reproduce at such an insane rate, a lot of people tend to isolate the males and females. A few aquarists have reported that the male tank showed slight signs of aggression when they were isolated while the female tank remained calm.

So, in case you do not wish to breed your platy fish, you might just consider buying female platy fish only. If you wish to buy both genders, then you should keep a ratio of 2-3 females for every male platy fish.

Adult platy fish eat the baby platies

These fish are the most harmless ones that you will ever see, except for their own babies. Adult platy fish are the predators of their own fry, and this imposes so much more responsibility on you than you had originally bargained for.

Whether your platy is male or female, it is a persistent threat to your baby platy fish. In this case, you have either of the two options:

  • Keep your baby platy fish in a separate baby tank
  • Install healthy vegetation in your community tank. These provide safe hiding spots for your platy which saves them from predation.

Chapter 2: Types of Platy Fish

Platies are one of the most diverse fish on the planet. They are found in so many different colors that it is hard to keep track. A lot of people are really bad at remembering fish names in the first place. According to them, whatever floats in the water and swims around is called a fish and no further information is required about them.

But knowing which type of fish you have in your tank is very important for its well-being (and also, it helps you brag properly about the kind of fish you have.)

When you know which type of fish you have, you can research on its particular requirements and provide those in your tank. A lot of fish are very tolerant of external requirements and will continue to live even if their tank does not have optimal temperature conditions. But knowing which type you have and providing optimum conditions for it will ensure that it outlasts maximum years in the tank.

Thankfully, despite platy fish having many different types, they all have similar requirements to thrive.

Species of platy fish

Overall, platy fish have two different species.

  • The Southern platy fish
  • Variatus platy fish

Southern platy fish

The Southern Platy fish is found from North to Central America and till Northern Belize. This fish is live-bearing, which means that it gives birth to fully grown babies and not eggs. It belongs to the family Poecilidae and is a close biological relative of the green swordtail.

This relatability of the southern platy and green sword tales allows these two fishes to interbreed and produce a hybrid which is now very common in the seas and pet stores.

In the wild, this platy enjoys living in slow-moving waters like canals and is omnivorous which means that it eats both plants and animals (usually crustaceans and insects etc. for the latter.)

The common colors for Southern Platy fish include:

  • Orange
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Red/Black
  • Black/White

 Variatus platy fish

The variatus platy fish is the second species of platy. It is also known as the variegated or variable platy fish and is found in the waters of Mexico.

The size of variatus platy fish is slightly larger than the Southern platy fish. The maximum size that it can attain is usually 2.8 inches with the female having a bigger body than the male.

Like the Southern platy, variatus platy also breeds with close relatives in its genus and has produced many hybrids in natural waters as well as aquariums. This makes it hard to find a clear distinction between which one is the “natural” variatus platy fish and which one is artificial.

Description of variatus platy

The color of this wonderful fish is olive with slight speckles of black in different places. For this variety, the males are distinguished by a blackish blotch on their dorsal fin. Like the Southern platy fish, the males of variable platy show a pointed anal fin while the females have one that is fan-shaped.

Types of platy fish

Although platy fish have only 2 species from the biological perspective, yet their interbreeding has created a lot more variations in terms of physical appearance. A few of these types are:

  • Wagtail
  • Painted
  • Tuxedo pattern
  • Salt and pepper pattern
  • Rainbow pattern
  • Comet or twin bar

Wagtails

This type of platy fish is most commonly found in gold or red color, although all other colors of platy can also be found. Wagtails have their caudal and dorsal fins colored black which can distinguish them from others.

Painted

This is a type of platy which is closely associated with the variegated species of platy fish. It has a lot of black splotches which are smeared all over its body. One example of painted platies is the famous “Mickey Mouse” platy fish. The name comes from the dark splotch on its tail that looks like the legendary cartoon character, “Mickey Mouse.”

Now you know why the kids love this one! It is also very tolerant to temperature variations and is easy to handle for beginners as well as expert level aquarists.

Salt and pepper pattern

The salt and pepper pattern of platy fish does not really look like salt and pepper. Neither does it taste like that (don’t ask how I know that!) Instead, this type has dark spots scattered all over its body.

Bear in mind that these are black spots and not splotches; which is the case with the painted variety.

Tuxedo pattern

Well, this guy is a classy one! Don’t really expect him to come wearing a suit, but if you want to distinguish him from the others, then you should look for the fish that has a black posterior and a colored anterior.

The major color of tuxedo pattern platy fish can be any of the regular platy colors, though red and golden are far more common than the others.

Rainbow pattern

As the name suggests, the rainbow pattern platies have a whole plethora of colors in their body. These are one of the most beautiful and eye-catching fish that are common in household aquariums. Buying a few of these could really brighten up your fish tank.

The colors in rainbow pattern platies can be anything from the dark to light colors. This type has a darker tail. Rainbow pattern platies also have a really fascinating type known as the neon platies. If you search for these beauties on Google, you’ll find mesmerizing pictures of platy fish that are glowing in their perfection within the tank!

Comet or twin bar

The comet or twin bar platy fish is another type which is characterized by the black color on its body. In this type, two parallel lines run on the opposite ends of the caudal fins. Due to these parallel lines, this platy is called “twin bar.”

Hifin variatus

The hifin variatus platy is a very fascinating fish as well. It has a highly elongated dorsal fin which makes it appear like its close relative, the “swordfish.” The hifin are found in North America in various colors and their combinations.

But with these beautiful long fins comes an issue for the hifin platy; these fins are easily nipped by other fish or can acquire different diseases. These diseases could be due to any internal reason like stress as well. Because of this proneness to disease, one should ensure that he takes good care of his hifin platy.

Pintail

Speaking of long fins, the pintail platyfish is another one which stands out in this category. In this type, the whole tail fin is not elongated, but only the central part pins out and increases in length.

This provides the pin tail with an appearance like the close-related “swordfish”, but both these types are actually different. The swordfish has a tail which is completely elongated and not just pinning out from the center.

Albino platies

Now, if you’re looking for the sort of fish that you can buy and show-off to the world as most people would never be lucky enough to get their hands on one, then buying an albino platy should be the way to go.

Albino is a term used for animals which can not make anybody pigment. Essentially, albino platies are completely white with no splotches or any other color mixed in them. A lot of aquarists do not even know whether albino platies exist; that’s how rare they are!

Platies are found in a great number of types, as explained in this article. But it’s not that important on which variety you buy as all of them are breathtakingly beautiful. Just ensure that whichever one you buy, you provide it with the best care possible and love it with all your heart!

Chapter 3: Feeding Platy Fish

We humans are far more complex creatures than other animals. In order for us to be happy, we want an ambition that can be followed, require supporting people around us, yearn for basic life necessities, and find hobbies that keep us busy.

But animals are less demanding when it comes to this. All that they require is to be kept in a safe place and to be fed nicely. Now, this sounds really easy for a lot of people who keep pets, specifically fish. They believe that they will just buy some fish and let them swim around in the tank. Once a day, they’ll sprinkle some of those fish food flakes into the water so that the fish can get their nutritional requirements. And voila! The fish will live happily ever after!

Sadly, this approach leads to the death of thousands of aquarium fish every year. Platy are no different in this case.

In order for you to be a good fish-keeper, you need to realize that not all fish are the same. Everything that swims around the water does not eat the same food; different species have different nutritional requirements and that is why prior research is such an integral part in keeping a pet.

Platy fish nutritional requirements

To understand the nutritional requirements of platy fish, the first and foremost thing to consider is that they are omnivores. This term refers to animals that eat both meat as well as plants. For clarification; humans are also omnivores.

Plants for platy fish diet

While you consider food products (or natural food sources) for your platy fish, you need to keep in mind that they need plants and algae as well. This will help them attain all the necessary nutrients for their well-being.

In their natural habitats, platy fish feed on the vegetation which is found within water bodies. This is a highly accessible source for them as oceans, lakes, and rivers are filled with such types of algae and vegetation.

When it comes to aquariums, platy fish really do not have the choice to go look for plants. So, the only vegetation that they can get into their diet is the one that is provided by you.

There are broadly two ways in which you can provide your platy fish with a diet which contains a good amount of plants:

  • Use real plants inside your aquarium. A lot of people disregard how important and useful this can be. When you start using real plants in your aquarium instead of the fake plastic ones, you will soon see the little guys nibbling on them.
  • You can choose an artificial food source which contains a good amount of plant constituents as well. For this, you will have to keep a good eye on the ingredients of the fish food that you are buying.

Proteins for platy fish diet

Now, when we say “proteins for platy fish diet”, please don’t think that you have to feed your platies with animal carcasses. They aren’t piranhas, for God’s sake!

But the requirement of platy fish to have meat in their diet is reflected by how they are prone to eating their own babies (also known as fry.) These poor little baby platies might just be wandering around the tank and find themselves stranded right in the middle with other adult platies. Well, we all know what happens after that!

But you can’t blame the animal for following its own nature. They are just doing what they do! The point of this discussion is that they need protein and if you would not provide it to them, they would find various ways to get that protein which might include eating their own fry!

The good news is that you can provide your platy fish with proteins without having to feed them meat directly. Just make sure that you peruse over the ingredients of the fish food that you choose for them and look for protein constituents.

Another important point to consider is that you should look for “fish” protein in the ingredients as that is the sort of meat that they are used to having. The protein constituents of your fish food should be mentioned right in the start of the ingredients as these proteins need to be a major part of the fish food.

Fish will keep eating as long as you feed them

I heard this really weird theory recently that fish can not tell whether they are full or not and if you keep feeding them, there will come a time when they eventually burst from overfeeding! Now, before you are traumatized for the rest of your life, I would ensure you that this is nothing more than a myth.

But the fact remains that fish are like Uncle John; they love food and will eat as long as they are presented with the option. They won’t even care if it’s starting to become unsettling for their stomach and will love you for providing them with more opportunities to eat!

Now, you might think that you’re making the fish really happy and doing them a favor (we thought the same for Uncle John), but you’re not doing them a favor at all. It is just that you will realize this later on when they develop gastric and intestinal problems from over-eating (don’t even ask!)

So, how much should platy fish be fed?

When your platy fish are such voracious eaters, you need to be the strict parent that keeps an eye on their chubby child. If your platy fish keep eating, they will become obese and eventually more prone to a number of diseases that might become fatal for them.

As a rule of thumb, you should only feed enough food to the platies which can be consumed by them within 3-5 minutes. Now, you might consider this torture that you’re letting the little guys eat for such a short time. But you need to stop comparing your human self to the fish.

3 to 5 minutes of constant feeding is enough for fish to get the required nutrients for a thriving life. Anything more than that can cause obesity in the fish.

For the first few times, you will have to check just how much food the fish consume within 5 minutes. This is more of a hit and trial approach and it will take you a few attempts to understand how much food you need to drop into the tank.

It’s better to drop lesser fish food inside the tank and see how fast the fish consume it. Once they are done, you can drop in some more food for them. The only down-side for this is that you’ll have to spend 5 minutes close to the fish tank, and frankly, we can’t really act like we have something better to do.

Need a pastime for these 5 minutes? Turn on your phone and make a Snapchat video of the process.

Harmful effects of the extra food

The extra food which is dropped inside the tank can make the water really cloudy. This process occurs naturally and you will have to change the water of the tank every couple of weeks. As the amount of extra food increases, you will have to change the tank water more regularly.

Ammonia and nitrite are agents of a slow and painful death for platy fish and both are known to be produced by the uneaten and extra food that is thrown into the fish tank.

Another point to consider is that a lot of times, the remnants of food get stuck inside the tank’s filter. Over time, these remnants produce various harmful chemicals which can lead to the death of your beloved fish.

The oxygen and pH levels of your tank will drop swiftly if this uneaten food is not eliminated from the tank which will result in an algal bloom.

As a general rule, we’d advise that if you have to choose between over-feeding and under-feeding, you should always choose the latter!

What are the nutritional requirements of baby platy fish?

Well, I have some great news for you: baby platy fish eat the exact same food as the adult ones. This saves you a lot of hassle in terms of finding quality food products for the adults as well as babies. Now, the only thing that you need to do is find one quality food product and it would suffice for platies of all ages.

But the same flakes that you’re feeding the adults might not be ingested by many baby platies. The reason isn’t that they don’t like the food or can’t have it; it’s just that they find it hard to ingest the large-sized flakes.

A simple yet effective approach to solving this issue is to grind those flakes into a fine powder so that they can be ingested by the baby platy fish as well.

When I taught this technique to my younger brother, initially, it was a great relief for me. I had passed on some great knowledge to the kid and now he could take care of the fish all by himself.

But then, he started irritating me with questions like, “are these flakes small enough? Do I need to grind more?”

Well, I found a solution to that as well. If you need a scale to measure just how fine or small your fish flakes need to be, then try keeping them to one-quarter of your pinky nail’s length. This is a size that is easily ingested by platy fish of all sizes and age.

What are some natural food products that can be fed to platy fish?

After conducting some thorough research on the Internet, I think it’s safe to say that the following natural food products can easily be fed to your platy fish (and that they will enjoy them.)

  • Bloodworms
  • Daphnia
  • Brine shrimp
  • Mosquito larvae
  • Fruit flies

In case you wish to feed natural food to your platy fish but can not find a fresh batch of the above-mentioned foods, then you can buy them frozen from a lot of pet stores. Although keeping this up for a long period of time would not really be possible, but you can feed these foods to your platy fish as a once-in-a-while treat.

Chapter 4: Tank Requirements and Buddies for Platy Fish

I’ve mentioned this story in another article, but I’ll narrate it over here as well because it depicts the mindset of a lot of amateur aquarists.

One of my friends bought a single female platy fish. He had no idea about fishkeeping or how platies in particular live. So, he just filled a bucket with water and placed the fish inside it. When I told him that this was very dangerous for the fish and that it could die because of the toxic chemicals produced in the bucket. He told me that the bucket was “clean” and that the water was “quite warm.”

Sadly, the female platy fish along with the dozen babies that it gave birth to in the next couple of days, all died within the span of a few weeks.

I have seen time and again people saying that the lifespan of fish is really short, but that is not the case. The real issue is that people do not provide fish with the sort of environment that they require to thrive in. Tanks are that environment and this article will help you learn all the necessities for a platy fish community tank.

Tank size

First and foremost, comes the tank size that you require for your platy fish. Now, you might be looking for a definite numerical value that I could give for your required tank size, but that really isn’t possible.

It all depends on how many platy fish you have. I could, on the other hand, provide you with a range of adequate tank sizes.

Your platy fish community tank should be at least a minimum of 10 gallons. Bear in mind that platy fish are extremely prolific, meaning that they reproduce at an exponential rate. The healthy female platy fish gives birth every month and the number of her babies (fry) can range from 8-20 and even 40 in a single batch!

Soon, if you wish to keep the baby platy fish, your tank size would jump up to 29 gallons!

So, what do I do if I don’t have any space left in the 29-gallon tank?

Any tank bigger than the 29-gallon one is usually impractical as it is hard to fit such a huge tank indoors. So, at this point forward, if your tank starts getting crowded, you can either sell your platy fish or gift them to your friends or family.

Tank requirements

You need a high-quality tank that has the necessary equipment to maintain the water temperature, pH, and has a Nitrogen replenishment system.

Filters are a must for every tank as they eliminate and filter most of the nitrogenous wastes as well as leftover food in the tank.

Some basic tank requirements for platy fish are:

  • A temperature of 25 degrees Celsius
  • A slightly alkaline pH of 6.8-8
  • Some plastic or real plants.

Are plants necessary for a platy fish community tank?

Absolutely! There are broadly 2 reasons why you should definitely consider buying artificial or real plants for your platy fish community tank:

  • They provide the baby platy fish (fry) with hiding places. This is a must for people who keep their baby platy fish in the same tank as the adults. If you don’t invest in plants, all your fry will eventually be eaten by the adults.
  • Real plants are better than artificial ones as many of them supplement the diets of the platy fish.

Which plants can I buy for my platy fish tank?

Two types of plants are advisable to be bought for a fish tank which contains platy fish. These are:

  • Bunch plants including anacharis. This plant is a water weed and thrives in fresh water. Anacharis is one of the most famous options when it comes to aquarium plants.
  • Floating plants like hornworts. These are important as your baby platy fish tend to instinctively swim up to the top of the water. If you do not have floating plants over there, then your baby platy fish become an easy target for the adults.

What are some possible tankmates for platy fish?

Before deciding to keep 2 types of fish together in the same tank, the following 3 points should be considered:

  • The character of both fishes.
  • The temperature requirement of both fishes.
  • The food requirement of both fishes.

As you can not vary the basic tank parameters like temperature and pH within the same tank, that leaves you with keeping breeds that require the same levels of these parameters.

The following is a list of fish which can easily share an aquarium with your beloved platies:

  • Mollies
  • Swordtails
  • Tetras
  • Rasboras
  • Rainbowfish
  • Danios
  • Angelfish
  • Gouramis
  • Plecos
  • Scavenger Catfish
  • Bigger Tetras such as Black Skirts, Red Serpaes, and Silver Tips

Platies are very peaceful fish and are accommodating to all of the above breeds. Despite that, you should always monitor how both breeds of fish react when you intermix them initially. If you see any of them reacting aggressively, then your immediate reaction should be to isolate both the types.

Chapter 5: How (and whether) you should breed platy fish?

Platy fish are live-bearers. This is the term used for the group of fish which do not lay eggs, rather, they give birth to living off-spring just like most mammals.

Now, this might make you think that this would decrease their rate of reproduction; but think again!

Platies are one of the most prolific fish and will increase their number exponentially. The reason is that the platy fish attain maturity at only 4 months of age and the female platy fish will keep reproducing for all its life as long as it is healthy. In one batch only, the female platy fish can give birth to 8-20 and even 40 babies.

So, what do I need to do in order to mate my platy fish?

Nothing at all! Just keep them together and watch a new batch of baby platies fill your tank every month. The real issue is not to be able to mate the platy fish, but to stop them from mating as the community tank fills up and soon has no space left for more fish.

What are the signs of a pregnant platy fish?

The signs of pregnant platy fish are quite obvious and can not be missed if you pay close attention. The pregnant platy has an obvious lump in its mid-body. This is where she is keeping the baby platies.

The other sign of pregnancy is that the female platy fish gets a dark mark on her back fin. This is actually attained by the eyes of the baby platy fish which are pressed against the mother’s belly.

How can I keep the baby platies safe from adults?

As mentioned on numerous occasions in this article, baby platies are hunted and eaten by the adults. This is because platy fish are omnivores (meaning that they eat meat as well) and have no parental association with their offspring.

If you do not take the necessary measures, the rate of your baby platies’ survival will decrease to a dangerous level. Following are 2 measures which can be taken for the safety of baby platies:

  • Investing in artificial or real plants for your aquarium. These provide the baby platy fish with hiding spots from the adults.
  • Separating the baby platy fish from the adults. For this, you will have to buy a separate baby fish tank. The size of this tank could be around 4 gallons. After 4 months, when the baby platies attain maturity, you will have to transfer them back to the community tank.

Should I breed my platy fish? Overcrowding and its answers

Up to a certain level, breeding platy fish is a healthy activity for you as well as the platies. Having a tank filled with fish is a joy for every enthusiastic aquarist. But there definitely needs to be a limit for this activity.

As a general rule, you need to have 2-3 liters of water for every platy fish. Now, you should see how many liters of water you can have in your tank and then calculate the number of fish which are possible to be contained in it.

Any number beyond this could lead to the death of many fish. It is important to understand that this is not a form of love to keep an overcrowded fish tank because you do not wish to give away your platies. Keeping them bundled up in a tank like that would keep the fish unhappy and stressed.

How do I stop platy fish from breeding?

There will eventually come a time when you will have to stop breeding your platy fish. To do that, you need to isolate the male platies from the female ones. This would require for you to have two separate tanks.

It is also advisable to keep the males and females separate from the beginning. This would allow you to control the rate of reproduction from the start. Whenever you would want to breed your platy fish, you can introduce one or a few males into the female tank. As a rule of thumb, you should keep one male platy fish for every 2-3 females.

If you do not wish to breed your platy fish at all, then you could choose to buy only male or female platies. A few aquarists have reported that a solid male tank tends to become slightly aggressive, so buying female platy fish only could be a more suitable option if you’re willing to buy a single gender.

Quality Amazon products for your platy fish

Here is a list of some of the best fish products on Amazon. For your convenience, you can click on their links and redirect yourself to Amazon’s website where you can buy them from the comfort of your home.

20-gallon fish tank

I looked through a lot of options for fish tanks on Amazon and found this one to be quite adequate. The 20-gallon size gives you some leeway to reproduce the platies. This aquarium contains an LED hood which keeps the lighting of the aquarium according to day-time and has a very quiet filter to go along with it. It also contains a heater, artificial boxwood plant mat, and artificial plants.

Aquarium pirate decorations

Once you have a quality fish tank, you would definitely need to decorate it as you wouldn’t want it to look like a glass box. This décor collection looks quite fun with its pirate theme. It contains fun items like a pirate ship, a pirate skull, cask set, and bubble stone. All of the items are tested on fish and are safe. You can find the size of these decoration pieces by clicking on the link provided in the heading.

Tropical fish flakes

Out of a whole bunch of options for fish flakes that you can find on Amazon, this one seems to be a quality one. The flakes contain vitamins and probiotics. It also contains salmon fish as a protein product which would help provide your platies with a good all-round diet.

Related questions

What kind of fish can live with platies? Platy fish are very peaceful and get along with a lot of other breeds that do not show aggression. These include Mollies, Swordtails, Tetras, Rasboras, Rainbowfish, Danios, Angelfish, Gouramis, Plecos, Scavenger Catfish, Bigger Tetras such as Black Skirts, Red Serpaes, and Silver Tips.

What is the lifespan of a platy fish? Platies can live up to 3 to 5 years if they are cared for. Usually, a lot of them die early because their owners do not have the necessary information to provide their platy fish with the optimum environment for survival.

Do platy fish eat their own babies? Yes! Platy fish are notorious for eating their young as they do not have any maternal instinct in them. You can keep the baby platies safe by installing plants in the tank which would provide them with hiding places. Breeding traps can also be used for this purpose.

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