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Platy fish are live bearers (meaning they bear live young) and are native to Mexico and Central America. They are a popular aquarium fish due to their hardy nature, availability and bright colours. They breed readily in the aquarium and tolerate broad water parameters, a great species for the beginner aquarist or platy fish hobbyist.

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Features of Platy Fish:

  • Features a "mickey mouse" pattern on tail
  • Short compact body with a fan like tail
  • Best kept in groups of 6 or more
  • Bears live young
  • Grows to 5-7cm


Tank Mate Compatibility:

Platy fish are peaceful community fish that prefer to swim in groups of 6 or more. They are suitable for tropical community aquariums with other peaceful species of similar size.

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Platyfish are omnivore's and are not fussy eaters. They will eat most foods placed in the aquarium. Feed a good quality tropical flake, pellet, or granule, and supplement the diet with live, frozen or freeze dried foods such as blackworms, brine shrimp and tubifex worms. Platy fish are healthiest with a varied diet.

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The Best Aquarium Size for Platy Fish:

They are active and energetic swimmers that will use all levels of the water column, but primarily the middle and top. Suited for smaller aquariums, we recommend a minimum aquarium size of 35 litres for a small group of platies. 

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Platy Fish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration for Platy Fish

A good filtration system is necessary as they enjoy clean and clear waters with a moderate flow rate. Ensure your filter has an adequate flow rate to effectively remove waste from the aquarium. Hang filters and sponge filters are good choices for the smaller aquarium. 

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Aquarium Heater for Platy Fish

This fish enjoy temperatures between 18-27° C. If you are unable to maintain this temperature naturally, use an aquarium heater. Aquarium heaters also stabilize water temperatures.  A thermometer is recommended to monitor the water temperature.

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Aquarium Lighting for Platy Fish

The platy fish has no specific lighting requirements. Replicate natural daylight hours with artificial light between 8-10 hours per day. We recommend LED aquarium lighting with adjustable brightness to ensure the light level can be altered for happy fish.

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Substrate for Platy Fish

There are no specific aquarium substrate requirements for Platy fish. Aquarium sand, gravel, and pebbles are all suitable. Have some fun with colours that compliment the platy fish you keep.

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Aquarium Plants for Platy Fish

Platy Fish are active swimmers that will be seen darting in and around live plants. Plant out the background with tall plants, leaving plenty of swimming space in the aquarium. If your fish breed, keeping floating plants and fine leaf plants such as ambulia, rotala rotundifolia, and java moss will provide young fry with protection.

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Aquarium Decorations for Platy Fish

Have fun with selecting aquarium decorations to your preference. Enjoy plenty of structure for fish to hide and rest when required. Resin ornaments, rock, and driftwood are all good selections.

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