Xiphophorus maculatus
Livebearing Fish

Xiphophorus maculatus

Scientific name:
Xiphophorus maculatus
Former scientific name:
Platypoecilius maculatus
Poecilia maculata
Common Names:
Natural habitat:
Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras

Photo © Kjell Fohrman
Omnivore. Eats all the common food. The Platy is a very peaceful livebearer. It is, similarly to the swordtail, easily bred. However, it is not quite as productive as them. If you want to breed the species, you should move the pregnant females to so-called birthingtanks. It fits great in most community tanks. A suitable aquarium should contain some plants and preferably some free floating plants. It is quite difficult to tell a difference between the sexes, but females are often larger and slightly rounder. Males have reproductive organs (gonopodium). It is a very popular aquarium fish and occurs in many specifically bred color varieties that differ some from the natural one. Sometimes some bred specimens may be somewhat delicate.

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