Riverpark Aquatics

Orange Variatus Platy (Xiphophorus variatus)

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Our Guide To Keeping Orange Variatus Platy Fish

  1. About Fish Species:

    • Scientific name: Xiphophorus variatus
    • Common name: Orange Variatus Platy
    • Family: Poeciliidae
    • Origin: Eastern and Central Mexico
    • Adult length: 4 to 6 cm
    • Lifespan: 2 to 3 years
  2. Tank Setup:

    • Orange Variatus Platys thrive in a well-planted tank with open swimming areas. A minimum tank size of 40L is suitable for a small group of these fish.
    • Provide hiding spots with decorations or plants, and ensure the tank has some floating plants to diffuse light.
  3. Water Parameters:

    • Orange Variatus Platys prefer slightly alkaline to neutral water conditions with a pH range of 7.0 to 8.0.
    • Maintain the water temperature between 20 to 26°C (68 to 79°F).
  4. Filtration and Water Flow:

    • A gentle water flow is suitable for these fish, so choose a filter with adjustable flow settings.
  5. Diet:

    • Orange Variatus Platys are omnivores and will accept a variety of foods. Offer them a balanced diet of high-quality flake or pellet food supplemented with live or frozen foods like brine shrimp and daphnia.
  6. Tank mates:

    • Orange Variatus Platys are peaceful community fish and can be kept with other peaceful fish species. They do well in a community tank with other livebearers, tetras, and small catfish.
  7. Behavior and Compatibility:

    • Orange Variatus Platys are active and social fish, so keeping them in groups is beneficial for their well-being. They coexist well with other community fish but avoid aggressive tank mates that may stress them.

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