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Hi Fin Platy (Xiphophorus maculatus)

The Hi Fin Platy is a hybrid version of Xiphophorus maculatus that has an elongated dorsal fin. They go by several different names in the aquarium trade including the Moonfish and the Southern Platyfish. This species of Platyfish only grows to 2-1/2" in length and comes in a ton of different colors including yellow, blue, orange, and red. Males are almost always smaller then females and tend to have brighter coloration.Hi Fin Platy fish are notoriously easy to take care of and only require a small tank, so they are considered to be the prefect freshwater fish for beginners. Like other Platy fish, they enjoy nice aquatic plants and plenty of hiding spots. They are not an aggressive fish and will do very well in a community aquarium with the following water conditions, 64-77° F, KH 10-25 and pH 7.0-8.2. You can check out the Hi Fin Platy in an aquarium in the video below...

This fish are livebearers which means that they give live birth to their fry instead of laying eggs. Hi Fin Platy fish reach sexual maturity at only four months old, so you can imagine how quickly they can fill a tank with new additions. They should be fed an omnivorous diet consisting of flake food, bloodworms, brine shrimp and tubiflex.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I have 6 hi fin platys , one is pregnant, She keeps to herself and hides under a stone cave I have In my aquarium. Does this mean she’s fixing to have her babies?

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