The Neon platy (Xiphophorus maculatus hybrid) is a fairly recently developed and extremely colourful variant. It is known for its intense blue coloration, which often has a distinct striped pattern. This is a very peaceful, undemanding fish that will thrive in most aquariums, especially the planted aquarium.
Neon platy is compatible with most other peaceful aquarium species. It is an omnivore, so it will potentially prey on smaller dwarf shrimp and their fry, but it is otherwise safe to keep with peaceful invertebrates as well. This fish is not a picky eater and it will accept a variety of high-quality dry foods, but these should be supplemented with a variety of frozen foods as well. It will mostly occupy the middle and upper regions of the aquarium, and it does have the ability to jump out of the water, especially while in the early stages of acclimating to a new aquarium. As a result, a secure lid is highly recommended to ensure that this fish does not jump out of the tank.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Uncommon variety
- Hardy and adaptable
- Beautiful coloration
- Small size, perfect for planted aquariums
- Peaceful disposition
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
Temperature: 64° - 77° F (17.7° - 25° C)
pH: 7.0 - 8.2, though a maximum of 7.5 is ideal
KH: 10 - 25
Minimum tank size: 10 gallons
Diet: High quality flake foods and frozen foods such as bloodworms
Social behaviour: Shoaling, peaceful with most species.