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Variegated platy - Xiphophorus variatus

Variegated platy - Xiphophorus variatus

Scientific name: Xiphophorus variatus

Common name: Variegated platy

Family: Poeciliidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 6 - 7 cm (2.36 - 2.76 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 8

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 7 - 26°N (125 - 464.29ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 21 - 26 °C (69.8 - 78.8°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Pseudo-Livebearer

Where the species comes from: Central America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Variegated platies will accept all foods offered but make sure that there is some vegetable matter included in the diet. Use a quality flake for the staple diet and give them treats of blood worms or brine shrimp twice a week.


Central America; Variegated platy inhabits the waters of Southern Mexico.


Males tend to be slightly smaller than the females. They also possess a modified anal fin for breeding purposes. This is known as the gonopodium.


Variegated platies are a very easy fish to breed. The male will inject the sperm into the female via the gonopodium to fertilise the eggs. The female can store the sperm for up to 6 months so there are cases of the females giving birth when there are no males in the tank. The gestation period is 4-7 weeks and the fry will be born capable of accepting crushed flake or newly hatched brine shrimp.


The expected life span for Xiphophorus variatus is 3-5 years.

Short description

An excellent fish to add to a community tank but they may nibble on some of the plants. Always keep Xiphophorus variatus in alkaline water and provide hiding places for them.Also known as Variable platyfish.


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