Red Platty

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Description of the Red Platty

The Red Platty is an ideal fish for the beginner, they are hardy and make a beautiful addition to the tropical freshwater aquarium. Platty's are prolific breeders so be prepared! Also commonly known as the Moonfish or Platy, they are available in a wide variety of colors, the picture and video on this page is of a Red platty but Orange, Black and Yellow varieties are also available.

Popular Name: Red Platty
Species: Xiphophorus maculatus

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Red Platty

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Profile of the Red Platty
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Red Platty species.

  • Size: Up to 6cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp 18 to 25 Degrees. PH 7.0 to 8.0

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried, Frozen or Flaked Food

  • Temperament: Good Community Fish

  • Habitat: Streams, Rivers, Swamps

  • Behaviour: Peaceful but they are prolific breeders!

  • Range: North and Central America

Scientific Classification of the Red Platty
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Xiphophorus maculatus

  • Popular Name: Red Platty

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cyprinodontiformes

  • Family:Poeciliidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Red Platty?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Red Platty slimy?
Red Platty secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Red Platty to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Red Platty have gills?
Gills enable the Red Platty to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Red Platty have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Red Platty has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Red Platty has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Red Platty has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Red Platty has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Red Platty

Red Platty

  • Interesting Information about Red Platty

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Red Platty slimy?

  • Why do the Red Platty have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Red Platty have fins?

  • Species: Xiphophorus maculatus

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