Cost: $3-8, Only the large adult line-bred fish at the upper end of the price range
The common platy is a deep bodied species that has many color variations and is the perfect community fish that is peaceful and very adaptable.
Mexico and Belize, and Guatemala.
The males get around 1.8 inches and the females will be larger at 2.2 inches (5.5 cm).
The males will have a rod-like structure by the anal fins, while the females anal fin is fan-like.
Temperature 72-79 degrees Fahrenheit ( 22-26 Celsius). The water should be medium to medium hard and be neutral to slight acid and have a Ph of 7-7.4. The tank should be well-planted, but you can add any kind of decorations just don’t add anything that could make the water more acidic such as bogwood.
Mainly eats flake and small live foods.
There really isn’t anything bad to say about the common platy, it’s very peaceful and is a great community tank fish, and it can tolerate a wide range of tank conditions and will eat just about anything.
Breeds easily in a tank that has plenty of hiding places for the fry because other tank mates and even the parents will see the young, small, fry as food.