Platies are hardy and colorful fish that make a wonderful addition to the passive community aquarium. Platies are easy to breed, and new color varieties are developed through selective breeding programs. In order to reduce aggression among them it is ideal to maintain a small school of 5 or more fish in the aquarium.
A tank of at least 10 gallons that is densely planted with hardy plants like Java Fern and Java Moss is required. It is advisable to move a gravid female into a separate nursery tank for birthing. This should be heavily planted to shield the young from their hungry mother.
They are very peaceful fish and make an excellent addition to the community tank. Any other peaceful fish can be housed with them.
HABITAT: Originally from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, the Platy is now bred commercially in Florida and the Pacific Rim.
Aquarium setup: 73°-77°F (23°-25°C) pH 6.5-7.2; dH 10-25
Size: 1 1/2 in (4 cm)
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