Sunset Platy 4cm
Platies are an incredibly popular aquarium fish worldwide due to their fantastic colours, amazing personality, and the fact that they are super easy to keep in the home aquarium! Through the years of selective breeding and enhancing desirable traits in platies hundreds of colour variations have been made.
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Platies are an incredibly popular aquarium fish worldwide due to their fantastic colours, amazing personality and the fact that they are super easy to keep in the home aquarium! Through the years of selective breeding and enhancing desirable traits in platies hundreds of colour variations have been made.
One of these is the sunset platy. Arguably the most popular and readily available of all the platies, sunset platies steal the show with the fiery afternoon sunset colours that it shows off on its body All the colours seen in a beautiful golden sunset can be found on this fish’s head, tail and body being orange, red, yellow and they all blend in a perfect gradient which shows the mastery involved in the selective breeding of this strain.
Unlike other livebearers like guppies where the males tend to be far more colourful than females, platies share their fantastic colour in both males and females. Because of this, it makes them extremely desirable in a display style aquarium. Platies are great because they only get to around 6-7 cm (3 inches) from head to tail. They are also super peaceful fish meaning they can be kept with other aquarium fish but also in large shoals of other coloured platies making a phenomenal rainbow platy aquarium. The wild habitat of the natural guppy is widespread from Central America to Mexico.
Tank Recommendations for your Sunset Platy
Being a very small and easy to care for fish the Sunset platy can be kept in nano aquariums with the minimum being a 57-litre aquarium (20 gallons) and more length is always appreciated for these fish. A sand or gravel substrate would be fine for these fish as well as a lot of plant growth which not only makes them contrast really well but also makes for handy locations where guppy fry can grow if they are kept with females. Another amazing tank option for these platies specifically is a minimal scape aquarium with a dark black background where these guppies will really pop in colour. Platies however are in fact considered to be a ‘hard water fish meaning they prefer the water to have an elevated PH and are not like a tetra. This higher PH of 7 - 8 can be achieved with a PH buffer or African cichlid lake conditioning salts.
Suitable Tank Buddies
The sunset platy is a very peaceful aquarium fish. They are great with a wide range of nano aquarium fish however because of their bright and flashy fins, certain fin nipping species would be avoided. The other factor is that platies are fish that needs higher PH so keeping them with south American tetras may not be very suitable as these lower PH.
Pseudomogil species such as fork-tail rainbows, blue eyes, ricefish and nano aquarium fish can tolerate hard water conditions.
Medium growing or possibly fin nipping species. Bettas should also be avoided because of their similar flashy nature to platies which could lead to aggression from the bettas end.
Large and aggressive species would prey on the guppies such as Oscars, or jaguar cichlids.
Feeding your Sunset Platy
The sunset platy is very easy to feed once it is settled into the aquarium. It will readily eat a wide range of foods but would prefer to have high a floating nano pellet or flake due to its top dwelling behaviour. Giving them nutritional food with good protein and varied ingredients can result in the colours of the Red Guppy being further enhanced. Feeding should happen once during the day during lighting hours.
|Scientific Name||Xiphophorus Maculatus|
|Max. Length (cm)||6|
|Min. Tank Volume (l)||75|
|Water Conditions||24-26° C (75.2-79° F), pH 7.0-8.0|