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Information about Platys
Click here to buy Platys like those shown on this page.
Platy Fish - information about keeping and breeding in aquarium.


Shown above, a gorgeous group of young Platys in an aquarium at These Platys are anxiously waiting for someone like you to give them a good home. There are several more pictures of our Platys farther down on this page.
Click here to buy Platys like those shown on this page.
A recent customer says, "I've had aquariums for a long time but never had any Platyfish. I recently saw them on your site and wondered if they could really be so colorful as the picture.  Bought 8 and to my surprise, they are!!  I am very very happy with them !!"
Response: Platys have been one of the most popular aquarium fish, since aquariums were invented. Platys show a wide variety of bright rich colors, as shown on this page, and they are hardy, usually do not cause trouble, and are easy to breed. Very highly recommended.

  This video shows a group of Marigold Platies in an aquarium in our facility. Click here for more about buying Platies like these from us.

Here is a large aquarium in our facility with hundreds of assorted Platies.



Scientific Names
Xiphophorus maculatus and Xiphophorus variatus

Platies have been an aquarium favorite for a long time. Our late friend Richard Buttner brought some of the very first Platies to America from Germany in 1899 on a steamship from Germany.
He told us that he kept the Platies in tin cans and every day there was an oily scum on the water in the cans. So he poured some of the water out and added good fresh water. He repeated pouring out the old water and replacing it with fresh water several times, until the water in the tin cans was crystal clear, and the oily scum on the surface of the water was gone.

Platies are available in many color varieties. They are livebearers like Guppies, Mollies, and Swordtails. Click here to read about breeding Mollies. Platies are easy to breed, but the babies are smaller than the babies of Mollies or Swordtails, so baby Platies are a little more difficult to raise.

The pictures, below, show some of the Platys for sale at our online retail tropical fish store. They are deep bodied, colorful, healthy, and always near the water's surface looking for food.
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Appropriate Home
In an aquarium with an External Power Filter with a BIO-Wheel, 1/4 inch or less of gravel, and an Aquarium Heater adjusted to between 78 and 82 degrees F. Click here for more about warm water aquariums. Like most livebearers Platies will do better with 1 Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt per 5 gallons of water. Click here for more about Aquarium Salt.


Recommended Diet
Feed Platies a diet of floating flake food plus freeze dried blood worms, which are actually mosquito larvae. Click here for more about feeding fish. I feed all livebearers a few Black Worms every other day. Click here for more about Black Worms.

In the past we fed most fish several type of food to provide a varied diet. But now we feed almost all of our fish only premium fish food pellets and/or flakes.
Premium fish foods contain all the nutrients needed by almost all types of fish. Click here to read more about premium fish foods.
Color and Pattern Variations
There are many color variations of Platys, and there are both the so-called Regular Platys and the Hifin Platys. All of these variations are the same species. Well, actually all or almost all Platys may have genes from at least two species, Xiphophorus maculatus and Xiphophorus variatus. Many Platys may also have genes from Swordtails.
So this is complicated, but all the various Platys can interbreed, and almost all female Platys are pregnant and can deliver several batches of babies, even if there are no male fish in the aquarium !
Breeding livebearer fishes, such as Platys, Guppys, Swordtails, Mollys, and many other species is ... very exciting and great fun !
Click here to read about breeding Mollys, which are similar to Platys.
Picture Gallery of Platys
Aquarium Platys for sale at
Shown above is a young male Neon Variatus Platy - a rare and dazzling variety.
Aquarium Platy Fish for sale at
A young female Neon Variatus Platy - rare
Aquarium Platy Fish for sale at
A young female Dalmatian Platy - rare and unique pattern of jet black spots on a bright white background.
Aquarium Platy Fish for sale at
A young male Neon Gold Tuxedo Comet Platy - a rare variety. This male is very energetic. 
Aquarium Platy Fish for sale at
A young male Half Black Platy - rare
Aquarium Platy Fish for sale at
A young male Red Mickey Mouse Platy - notice the deep rich red coloration in this variety. This is one of our favorite varieties and is very popular.
Aquarium Platy Fish for sale at
A young female Red Wag Platy with a rich red-brick coloration and jet black fins and markings under her mouth. This fish grew to be very large perhaps 3" long ! We love her a lot !
young Marigold Variatus Platy at, where you can shop online for Platys.
Variatus Platy Fish for sale at
A young male Marigold Variatus Platy - this too is one of the most popular color varieties with bright red blending into the bright yellow. Variatus Platys are somewhat more tolerant of cold water, and some folks keep them in outdoor ponds, where they often do very well.
Variatus Platy Fish for sale at
A young male Marigold Twin Bar Variatus Platy - this variety has some black emphasis markings on the edges of his fins.
Variatus Platy Fish for sale at
A young female Sunset Wag Platy - similar pattern to the Red Wag. This female has the dark wag fins on a golden body with a red tint, just like a sunset.
Platy Fish for sale at
A young male Blue Spotted Platy - these platys seem to have a white background with lots of black specs and blue spots.
young female Blue Platy at, where you can shop online for Platys.
A young female Blue Platy, whose stomach is bulging with babies. many females Platys are grey or tan, which you can see on this female, but most of our female Platys also have some color like the metallic scales on this female.
Female Platy Fish for sale at
This is also a female Blue Platy but this female has the Mickey Mouse marks on the base of her tail. This female is metallic blue with a much darker blue spot at the base of her tale with two smaller dark spots that complete Mickey Mouse's silhouette.
Female Platy Fish for sale at
Female Platy Fish for sale at
Above: two Tri-Colored Platys. The top fish is a male and the lower fish is a female, even though the top fish is plumper and the bottom fish looks like its anal fin is a gonopodium. Sometimes it's very difficult to determine the gender, but most of the time it's very easy.
Picture Gallery of Hifin Platys
Hifin Platy Fish for sale at
Hifin Platy Fish for sale at
Hifin Platy Fish for sale at
Hifin Platy Fish for sale at
Hifin Platy Fish for sale at
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Platies live best in a group with a few male Platies and several female Platies. Platies are good tank mates for Mollies, Swordtails, Angels, Corydoras Catfish, Plecostomus, and  Bigger Tetras such as Black Skirts, Red Serpaes, and Silver Tips.
Click here to read about several groups of compatible fish.


Size and Lifespan
Platies can live for 3  to 5 years and grow to 3". Sometimes they have lived longer and grown bigger.

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Books about Platies
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Click on this image to go to, where you can learn more about this book.   Platies, Keeping & Breeding Them in Captivity
By Donald Mix
64 pages
Click on this image to go to, where you can learn more about this book. Guppies, Mollies, Platys and Other Live-Bearers
By Harro Hieronimus
72 pages
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 About our Fish ...
Almost all the photographs and videos, shown on this web site, were taken by us of our fish in our aquariums.
Compare the healthy, beautiful, energetic fish in our beautiful aquariums to the fish in our competitors pictures. Their fish often look thin with clamped fins and poor color.
We buy the highest quality fish, produced by the best fish farms or caught by the best collectors of wild fish, then we take incredibly good care of our fish in our beautiful aquariums.
If you compare the pictures on this site to our competitors pictures, you can instantly see, our fish and aquariums are better!  ;^ }
Will the fish you get from us look like the fish in our pictures? No! This is similar to buying kittens and puppies that will change as they grow to become cats and dogs.
We stock and ship fish that are the ideal size to sell. Not so small that they will not do well when shipped. Yet not so big that they have become much more expensive.
The fish in almost all of our pictures were young fish like the ones we have for sale that we raised up, and you can too! 
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