Platy Fish: Southern Platy, Xiphophorus maculatus, Variatus Platy

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The southern platyfish grows to a maximum overall length of 6.0 centimetres (2.4 in). is slight, the male’s being more pointed. The anal fin of the male fish has evolved into a gonopodium, a stick-shaped organ used for reproduction. The female southern platyfish's anal fin is fan shaped. Wild varieties are drab in coloration, lacking the distinctive dark lateral line common to many species.
The platy is well suited for the beginning freshwater fish hobbyist. Platies comes in many color varieties including the Salt and Pepper and Red Wag Tail.
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This assortment pack of Platy is a simple way to order these fish with little effort, allowing us to pick out assorted colors of what may be in season, best in stock, etc. Remember we grow all varieties here in the USA and these are not imports. We trade bloodlines from many people around the country to keep stock healthy. We’ve been in this business since 1987, and having integrity of how we farm animals is important to us. PLATY FISH VARIETIES
Photo provided by FlickrThe fish farmers in Florida and the Far East (primarily Singapore and Hong Kong) are constantly coming up with different platy varieties
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Platies - The Platy fish is a cute goldish companion for a more colorful starter aquarium, eating all sorts of fish foods and staying pretty healthy through it's 2 to 3 years of life. Though many platies are gold or reddish in color, there are actually many varieties and colors of platies, and all are very much the same in how they behave and what they eat. If you have a male platy, it's best to get two or more female platy companions for it to avoid hostilities between the fish.Not many fish species are live bearing. Live-bearing fish give birth to live young rather than laying eggs in the aquarium. Examples of live-bearing fish varieties include fancy guppies, mollies, moonfish, platys, four-eyed fish and swordtails. All of these varieties exhibit signs of their pregnancy before the fry are born.The Platy originates in Central America and is a very popular tropical fish. It is very easy to take care of and well suited for the freshwater fish beginner. The Platy fish comes in many different color varieties including the salt and pepper platies, the red wag tail and the tuxedo platy. There is even a variety called the Mickey Mouse. They can be a very active tropical fish if given good water conditions.The southern platyfish (common platy or simply platy), is a live-bearig fish that grows to about 6.5 cm in length, with females just slightly larger. As pets, platys have been bred to be far more colorful than their wild counterparts, and come in several varieties. They are peaceful fish, but it is best to have at least two females for every male, in order to keep the male from harassing the same female continuously. They should be kept in a tank of at least 10 gallons (ideally larger), populated with hardy plants. They are omnivores and will do well on a diet of flakes with supplements of live and frozen foods, and will live up to 3 years with proper care., (species Xiphophorus maculatus), popular tropical aquarium of the family, Poeciliidae (order Atheriniformes). The platy is a compact fish, about 5 cm (2 inches) long and extremely variable in colour. It has been bred in many attractive colour varieties, and, like the related (Xiphophorus helleri) with which it has been crossed, has been used in a variety of genetic and medical studies.The two species, the southern platyfish and the variatus platy, have been interbred to the point where they are difficult to distinguish. In fact, most platies now sold in aquariums are hybrids of X. hellerii and X. maculatus. The southern platyfish, is sometimes also known as moonfish or mickey mouse platy. While wild varieties are drab in coloration, lacking the distinctive dark lateral line common to many Xiphophorus species, breeders have developed a multitude of colour varieties, for example, orange, red, yellow, red/black, and black/white. Nowadays there is even albino platy with red coloured eyes, as well as mottled and marbled ones. Color and fin shape also vary wildly in the aquarium trade. Curiously, in general, if the male has a sword-shaped tail, they are called ‘swordtails’! Otherwise, they are labeled ‘platy’.