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Platy -- Xiphophorus maculatusSee more aquarium fish pictures.
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Scientific name: Xiphophorus maculatus

A popular, hardy species, the Platy grows to two inches and is available in a wide variety of colors. As with all live-bearers, they will breed freely in a community tank, but the young are almost always eaten by tankmates.


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These fish do best at a water temperature between 70 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit and a pH of 7.0 to 8.2, in water that is moderately hard. All flake and freeze-dried foods are eaten, but flake foods high in vegetable content must also be provided. Small amounts of algae in the tank will also be eaten.

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