Platy Fish Care Guide


Platy Fish are a very popular tropical fish because they’re easy to care for and breed easily. Try to give your Platy Fish a variety of diets, they will eat fish pellets and flakes, vegetables, frozen dried and live foods. They are a very colorful fish that does well in a community tank due to their peaceful nature.

Quick Platys Care Guide

Experience Level: Beginner — Easy to care for, very hardy and undemanding. Easy to breed.

Appearance: Small fish. Females are bigger than males. Males are more colorful.

Size: Males grows up to 2 inches (5 cm), Females grows up to 2.5 inches (6.4 cm).

Water Condition: pH 7.0-8.2; 10-25°dH

Temperature: 64-77°F (18-25°C)

Tank Region: Swims in all areas of the aquarium tank.

Tank: At least 10 gallons (40 L), 15 gallons (60 L) or larger recommended. Aquarium tank cover is recommended.

Food: Omnivore. Eats fish pellets and flakes, vegetables, frozen dried and live foods.

Lifespan: Average 2-3 years.

Different Variations of Platy Breeds

There are many different variations of Platy.

Male and Female Platys – What are the Differences?

Distinguishing the difference between a male and female Platys is easy. You can tell them apart by their anal fin. The male Platy’s anal fin is long straight and a pointy fin.

Males Platys grows up to 2 inches (5 cm), female Platys grows up to 2.5 inches (6.4 cm).

Breeding Platys and Caring for Platy Fry

It is very easy to breed Platys and they often breed without any assistance or special requirements. Always get a ratio of three female to one male Platy, otherwise the male will end up chasing the female restlessly.

By the fourth month, you should separate your female and male Platys if you don’t want more fry. Otherwise they will start to breed with one another.

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