Feature image photo by Kobayashi Michinobu
Platy fish, binomial name is Xiphophorus maculatus, is a species of freshwater fish in family Poeciliidae of order Cyprinodontiformes. It is also called moon fish in Asia. The same as guppy fish, platy is livebearer. The females lay juvenile fish directly instead of eggs. It’s easy to breed.
Platies are small, exquisite, mild and colorful. They are the very good choices for the peaceful aquarium. Mix the platies and a few other species into a tank with dense water plants, you can image it, such a wonderful and fascinating water world.
Platies like alkalescent hard water, pH 7 to 7.4, ºdH 9 to 10, water temperature between 71.6? to 78.8. It’s better that add some salt in freshwater, concentration is about 0.5% to 1%. They have good adaptability. You just need to progressively change the water type from weak acid water to neutral soft water to weak alkaline hard water. They will adapt the water gradually.