Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Breed species myself,
Fish / pet store





Easy to Feed


Easy Environment Needs


Compatibility with other species


Compatibility with own species


Activity Level






Interaction with owner


Hardy Fish, Big Breeders


United States

Posted Jul 03, 2013

I currently have four platies two of which accidentally bred myself. They are a nice addition to my tropical tank, don't bother the other fish, and are fun to sit and watch!

Appearance: Small and fish like, they come in a large variety of colors. I had originally a blue platy female, a Mickey Mouse platy male, and a red platy female. The Mickey Mouse and Blue platy bred and I now have another blue looking platy with reddish undertones and a sunburst-looking platy.

Compatibility with own species: These fish do well with a small group, one male to two or three female ratio. Otherwise the male harasses the female too much.

Compatibility with other species: I've never had a problem with these fish harassing other fish. Rather, I've had an algae eater that picked on my platies.

Easy to keep: Ridiculously easy. I've only had one of my original platies die (an intestinal issue) and they've even managed to breed and have two survivors, despite the fact that I never encouraged them to breed or did anything to keep the fry.

Activity level: They are pretty active fish. I have one that hides, two that semi-hide, and another that just loves to swim about and play in the bubble streams.

Visibility: There is only one platy I have that I can never find. The other platies are very visible, even when they think they are hiding, and they tend to follow at least one other platy around. If I had more, I think they would travel as a group.

Health/Vigor: Again, I'm not doing anything special to keep my fish alive aside from keeping conditions in the tank. Only one has died from the originals, and even the one fish I keep think will die as she looks like she has a plethora of problems keeps on kicking! Not only that, she is the most active of them all.

Interaction with owner: These guys are a bit of a scardy fish, and never come out to check me out, unless I open the food door.

Breeding: These fish breed even if you don't do anything about it. They are live breeders, and the fish are in danger of being eaten by even the mother. I figured it would keep the population down if I just left the fry to fed for themselves. Somehow, two survived and are reaching adulthood.

Easy to Acquire: They are incredibly common. And since some people have problems with overpopulation, you might even be able to find them on craigslist for adoption.

Low cost to own: Aside from tank, filter, heater, and substrate, they don't need too much care. I give them frozen food, and make sure they have places to hide if they need it.

They are bright and fun to watch. A great addition to any tank!

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