Xiphophorus variatus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Poeciliidae
Origin : Mexico
Length : 7 cm - 2.8"
Min. length aquarium : 80 cm - 30"
English names : Parrot Platy, Sunset Platy, Variable Platyfish, Variegated Platy
Peaceful species, very well suited for a community aquarium.  The aquarium should be planted densely and some growth of algae is appreciated.  They are very good exterminators of algae.  A cover of floating plants where young fishes can hide is recommended. You can keep them at lower temperatures in an aquarium without heating at a temperature of 12C (54F).  At that temperature they show their most beautiful colours. 

You should give them vegetable food such as algae.  Dry and live food are accepted as well.

Breeding is easy.  They are viviparous. The young fishes can be raised with baby brine shrimp and fine crushed dry food.

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