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 Platies for Aquariums

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Neon Female Platy

Platies: Xiphophorus maculatus, variatus...

Xiphophorus maculatus (Gunther 1866), the Platy (Southern Platyfish to science). Originally from Central America; Mexico, Belize. Many varieties; popular freshwater aquarium fish. To a bit over two inches in length. Cond.s pH 7-8, dH 9-19, temp. 18-25 C. At right, male and female in captivity. Many varieties/sports exist; long finned, high dorsal, Mickey Mouse, twinbar, crescent... of many colors, combinations. 

Striped twinbar male Dalmatian male Blue Dalmatian male
Marigold male    
   
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Xiphophorus variatus (Meek 1904), the Variable or Variatus Platy . Originally endemic to Mexico from southern Tamaulipas to northern Veracruz. Many varieties; popular freshwater aquarium fish. To 7 cm. in length. Cond.s pH 7-8, dH 9-19, temp. 15-25 C. 

Hi-fin Variatus male    
   
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