Adult Size: 2-2.5″
Minimum Tank Volume: 50 litres
Temperature: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
Ideal pH: 7.2-8
Lifespan: Up To 4 Years
Platies are a friendly fish that are very easy to care for. All Platies are members of the livebearer family. This means they give birth to fully formed live young rather than laying eggs. They are best kept in groups of four or more and with more females than males. Platies prefer a tank with gentle filtration and peaceful tankmates such as tetras, danios and dwarf gouramis. Live plants are a great addition to the aquarium as they will help to provide a more natural environment.
Ornaments and plants will also allow fish to hide if they need to. A neutral to alkaline pH is preferred by these fish which can easily be checked with a test kit and maintained with a pH buffer if needed.
Different types of Platy will happily live and breed together. It is important to feed a varied diet as Platies feed on a variety of small live foods and plant material.
Breeding platies is as simple as keeping the water conditions right and keeping both sexes together. We always advise keeping more females than males as this allows the females to rest after giving birth. The young (numbering from 10 to 30) are born after around 4 weeks and are fully independent. It is best to keep any heavily pregnant females in a breeding trap so that the babies do not get eaten by other tank mates. Once the young reach 12mm, they can usually be put back into the main aquarium.