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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Jerie - 2008-05-19
You should always have at least 2 females for each male. I like to actually keep 3 for each male just to keep them happy. The males will end up "fighting" over the females and you will end up with unhappy/dead fish. When I get too many males being born or just too many babies I bring them to my local pet store....they are happy to add them to their aquariums:)

Emily Johnson - 2008-05-12
I started out with two male platys, two female platys and two female swordtails. I now have more than fifty babies and three of my females are pregnant YET AGAIN! I recently bought a 14-gallon tank to house some of the babies I want to keep and I plan on going to Craig's List and giving away the rest of the babies. I cannot believe how easy they are to take care of, and really, how easily they breed! My swordtails are a little reluctant to mate with the male platys, but they're pregnant again, despite their reluctance! Very easy to care for - just be sure to make plans on how to deal with all the babies!

kathy - 2008-04-11
I got my first platy. I love the platies, and it's a male. He's kinda pinksh white with black spots. In time, I plan on getting more platies.

Alwyn - 2008-03-23
I brought home 5 platys three months ago. Three of them were males. Within a month, the two females had thirty babies between them! My kids enjoyed watching the process from pregnancy, to a full tank of small fish. I must mention, to have success with breeding platys, plants are not enough. The babies must be separated so that they are not eaten, especially if you have other fish in the tank. The babies seem to not swim away from predators for the first little while after birth.

highlights99 - 2008-03-19
Um... my family and I recently bought a tank (tropical) and we have 1 male and two female platies, two baby ones, and three male guppies! We are hoping to get more but since we have only had the tank for five days yet, and two have ALREADY been born, I think we'll leave it at that for the moment!

DR .Naeem aziz soomro - 2008-01-26
These livebearers are very cool to have in an aquarium because they are easy to care for. In my experience is they are wonderful to have because they breed after 20 To 30 days. They are very peaceful and lead very joyful lives. Being omnivorous they can eat all types of food stuffs especially for tropical fishes. I love these platy moontail.

Eli - 2008-01-19
I can't believe that my Gold Platy is considered a "community fish". It beat up on my Betta fish (who has since been separated), and is now going after my Marbled Molly (especially during feeding time).

someone - 2007-08-23
I have kept platties for years and have kept blue, orange, red, and yellow varieties. I had recently purchased 1 male red and 1 female yellow platy, which went into a ten gallon with a pleco, cory catfish, 3 danios, and a rosy red minnow. They reproduced like crazy. Now the female has died, but has made 2 broods, so I have 2 juveniles, and 11 babiies, and the adult male. The cory has died. The babies are between yellow and pink and all have black tails and assorted black spots.

ondo - 2007-08-03
i got 2 red wagtail platies added to my 20 gallon tank with 4 x-ray tetras, 4 harlequin rasboras, a pleco and two of my surviving bloodfin tetras. platies look great in the tank and i can't wait for them to reproduce.

Dave - 2007-07-11
I just found this website and it is great. I just got my first fish tank, and by no other reason than what I call luck, I selected some platys for my first fish. I wanted to go with fresh water since I'm a beginner, and I thought these Platys were some of the most colorful of the fresh water fish in the store. They're still swimming after 8 days, and I came home tonight to what I have learned from this site as breeding in the making. I saw a long "tube" hanging from one, and out of 4 fish, I think just 1 is female. So I'm excited to see what happens. These are black tail fin, orange and yellow bodies in color. Whatever kind they are, I'm enjoying them so far.