Sunset Platy (Xiphophorus variatus)

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Sunset Platy

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Wild-Type Variatus Platy

Xiphophorus variatus

45 Litres (12 US G.)

5.1-7.6cm (2-3 ")




7.2 - 7.8

23 -28 °C (73.4-82.4°F)

10-15 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Variatus Platy, Sunset Platy, Variegated Platy, Variable Platyfish

Additional scientific names

Platypoecilus maculatus dorsalis, Platypoecilus variatus, Platypoecilus variegatus


Females have a fan shaped anal fin and males have a gonopodium. These fish breed readily in the tank and produce 50-100 fry every four to six weeks.

Tank compatibility

A peaceful community fish. They must be kept in the ratio of one male per two-three females as the males will bully females. Males may also bully other livebearers.


Will accept most foods including pellet and flake as well as live/frozen food such as bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics

They prefer a spacious tank with open swimming space as well as hiding places. Hardy to most water types as long as extremes are avoided.


A peaceful sociable active fish.


Click here to see the various hybrid colour variations on the Platy.
An elongated fish with a fan-shaped caudal fin. The back is slightly arched, and the belly is full. The body colouration is variable, even on the original strain. Usually the flanks are yellowish to orange, to bluish with black spots. The dorsal fin is generally yellow and the caudal fin is red. Females are generally less colourful.
Through selective breeding various cultivated varieties are available including the Marigold, Sunset, Black, and High-finned forms. They will hybridise with other Platy species such as Xiphophorus maculatus.


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