Animal Stories - Platies - Moonfish


Animal-World Information about: Platies - Moonfish

   The Platy is considered the color king of the live-bearer fishes! It is one of the best beginner fish and is excellent for community aquariums!
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lizz - 2012-01-09
I have blue moons that just had babies. Shes had about 23 so far. I think I moved her out of the breeding box to soon and she may still have more in her... shes still got the black stop not interested in food and not very active. so questions 1) how do I know when she is done giving birth 2) the fry are in a net breeding basket is this better than the plastic box... also tips on raising the fry is welcomed

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  • nm123 - 2012-01-19
    if the black spot is still there your fish is still pregnantt i would recommend you move the fish back into the net breeder move the fry into another tank to prevent the mother from eAting the young or end up losing the pregnant mother platy I would highly recommend that you use a plastic net breeder because if you have anglefish in the tank you will end up losing most of the babies also when the fish is done giving birth the black spot will fade
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jonmichael - 2008-07-29
Hi, I was just wondering is it possible to breed my micky mouse platy with my swordtail platy. I already have fry from my swords however I've just purchased two new females who are mickey mouse platy. I want to know if these will breed or do they not breed with swordtail platy. Many thanx

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  • nm123 - 2011-11-11
    You can but the fish mostly breed with their own kind.
  • hayden - 2011-12-01
    Yeah course... there both types of platys and all platys can breed. I even think its possible to breed platys with guppies (very rare). So yea I'm sure you can :)
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nm123 - 2011-11-22
Can anyone plz respond to my qustion

Here are all the fish that are currently in my 30 gallon aquarium. I have (platies, swordtails, torpedo barb, red tailed shark, cory catfish, clown pleco, silver shark, silvertip tetras). That's all the fish I have in the tank. My tank now will any of these fish eat the live plants or will they leave them alone and will they breed more with live or fake plants? Thanks.


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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-22
    Some are fine with fake plants but some prefer live plants - such as the platies. Yes, some of them will eat the plants but you can plant some that are fairly easy to grow. You can do a java moss or a wisteria - hardy plants that grow fast so less maintenance. Good luck and have fun.
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nm123 - 2011-11-15
Here are all the fish that are currently in my 30 gallon aquarium I have (platies, swordtails, torpedo barb, red tailed shark, cory catfish, clown pleco, silver shark, silvertip tetras) that's all the fish I have in the tank my tank now will any of these fish eat the live plants or will they leave them alone and will they breed more with live or fake plants? Thanks.

plz get back to me soon so I can get set up thanks

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somebody - 2007-10-07
In January i got 3 girl platys (orange) and a girl and a boy black platy. Since then they have bred and had babies, which have grown up and have had more babies, and the cycle keeps going. I'm telling you to not put boy and girl platies together! Since January I have now 25 boys And 35 girls in my 29 gallon tank! They are still breeding! And now i have spotted baby platys, what am i going to do! Recently the boys where breding so hard that some of the girls had died. I started out with one boy and ended up with 50! Do not put boys and girls together!

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  • nm123 - 2011-11-11
    Dude let other people try it to god as far as I know you don't want to create a new hybrid wow.
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Vicki - 2008-06-17
My kids have a 20gal tank. We purchased 3 Red Platies & 3 Yellow Platies,... one of each kids looks large in the belly for about 2 weeks now. I wonder how long it takes for them to have babies.

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  • nm123 - 2011-11-11
    4 weeks.
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graham - 2009-06-11
I don't see a breed of platy here that I currently breed. It may be a subclass but I was under the impression that high fin platy's were a breed of their own within the platy family.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-11-10
    HighFin Platys, are a fin variation within the genus 'Xiphophorus', or Platy.

  • nm123 - 2011-11-10
    they are not there own species
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Miranda - 2010-06-14
I have two cory cats and three platies. Is it better to get more platies in my ten gallon tank?

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  • nm123 - 2011-11-10
    yes
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janine - 2010-08-29
I am fairly new to the platy world. I bought my 1st trio in early May this year, keeping them in my 10 gallon as a temp home, was looking for a 20-30 gallon tank at that point anyway. I then had 1 white male with a couple of tiny black dots on either side of his body right before his tail, the 2 females are orange and black calico, I think. 1 female has been pregnant seems like most of the time I've had her, the other has just gotten a little bigger, but never dropped fry to my knowledge. Then I bought 2 female jumbo tri colour and 3 blue tux, 1 male 2 female, the male disappeared that night and 1 of the tri colour died under questionable circumstances, my husband played shakira waka waka beside the tank and an hour later the fem tri was upside down on the bottom with a hole in her head, shakira and shaun killed my fish lol. Last weekend I added 3 new platy, 2 males and 1 female, the m/f pair were bright yellow on the front half and bright orange on the back half, then a similar smaller male mickey mouse. I lost the mickey and the new female in less than a week, not sure why.
Now I have almost 20 babies ranging from 2 months to a few days, but because the 1st 3 came from a mixed tank, I have what looks so far like orange and black calicos and something of a blue variety, my 2 month old is a pearly blue white with a little black showing up now, thinking maybe blue or blue tux possibly.

Is there anywhere I can find all colours available so I can find out what I have, and what these newer babies might be when they get all their adult colour?

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  • nm123 - 2011-11-10
    No not really.
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nm123 - 2011-10-18
Did anybody have any successful breeding between plates and swordtails if so can you please explain how did you make them mate what plants you had in your tank and when they mated thanks

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-18
    Platies, and Swordtails can only mate, and produce genetically stable offspring, as they are very genetically alike. However, it is best to simply breed Swordtails, with Swordtails, and Platies, with Platies. However, if you do wish to breed them, male Swordtails will mate with female platies, under adequate water conditions, such as a stable, and peaceful community aquarium. 1 male per three females, is best.
  • nm123 - 2011-10-19
    Thanks for the info. I just have a few more qustions to ask you. One is will platies and swordtails mate in a tempature between 75 - 80 degrees. And if my torpedo barb is chasing them will they mate and what time of the year do platies and swordtails normally mate in your or an aquarium

    thanks nm123
  • thomas - 2011-10-29
    yes i have and have done well with swordtails and plates i have live plants not artificial one they would not do anything with the fake plants until i put live plants and they are breeding very well this is my second batch of them
  • nm123 - 2011-11-09
    So here are all the fish that are currently in my 30 gallon aquarium I have (platies, swordtails, torpedo barb, red tailed shark, cory catfish, clown pleco, silver shark, silvertip tetras) that's all the fish I have in the tank my tank now will any of these fish eat the live plants or will they leave them alone and will they breed more with live or fake plants? Thanks.

    plz get back to me soon so I can get set up thanks
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