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Redtail Blue Variatus

Redtail Blue Variatus

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Care Level: easy
Temperament: peaceful
Size: 2.5-3 inches (6-8 centimeters)
Diet: omnivore
Minimum tank size: 10 gallons (38 liters)
Origin: Mexico and Central America
Temperature: 70°-80°F (21°-27°C)

They are peaceful, easy-to-care for, and ideal for community aquariums. These mesmerizing fish have a bright coloration. There are many breeds and hybrids within this species which come in as many colors as the rainbow. Platy (xiphophorus) is a very popular tropical freshwater fish species held by aquarists around the world. They are extremely beautiful, small fish and come in every single color imaginable. Part of their popularity is due to the very low experience needed to keep them.  There are numerous types of platies, but all are hybrids of two species heavily interbred in order to reach their full potential. The two most common species are Southern platy (Xiphophorus maculatus) and Variatus platy (Xiphophorus variatus)