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Xiphophorus maculatus
Platy
breeding notes

BREEDING: No special treatment is required to breed the platy, and they will give birth to offspring about every three weeks. They are livebearing fish (they give birth to fish, rather than lay eggs), and the fry are big enough to eat powdered flake food. They prefer, and grow more quickly on, newly hatched artemia nauplii. Heavily pregnant females can be placed in a breeding trap, or another small tank, and removed once she has given birth - other fish will eat young livebearer fry.

Have you bred Xiphophorus maculatus? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?


This page summarises breeding reports provided by visitors to this site, along with some statistical analysis. Please feel free to contribute - whatever your experience!

6 breeders have filled in breeding reports, a summary of the results are shown in the graphs below. You can read the full reports here.

To add details of your experiences of Xiphophorus maculatus, why not fill in a Breeding and maintenance Report.

Would Xiphophorus maculatus be a good addition to a community tank?
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  1. Never
  2. Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
  3. Only with species of similar size
  4. Yes, a good community fish

How would you describe the disposition of Xiphophorus maculatus?
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  1. Very timid
  2. Slightly timid
  3. Neutral
  4. Somewhat aggresive on occasions
  5. Very aggressive

In which water conditions do you keep these fish?
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  1. Very soft and acidic
  2. Moderately soft and acidic
  3. Neutral
  4. Moderately hard and alkaline
  5. Very hard and alkaline

At what average temperature?
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  1. 10-15°C
  2. 16-19°C
  3. 20-23°C
  4. 24-27°C
  5. 28°C+

What, if any is the biggest difficulty encountered when breeding these fish?
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  1. Poor egg production
  2. Poor egg survival
  3. Poor fry survival rate
  4. Deformities
  5. Skewed sex ratio

How would you describe sex ratios when breeding Xiphophorus maculatus? If you are unsure please leave this question unanswered.
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  1. Almost all males
  2. Somewhat male heavy
  3. Roughly equal
  4. Somewhat female heavy
  5. Almost all females

In general, how difficult is Xiphophorus maculatus to keep and breed?
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  1. Very easy
  2. Easy
  3. Average
  4. Difficult
  5. Very difficult

How sucessful have you been at breeding Xiphophorus maculatus?
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  1. Very unsucessful
  2. Fairly unsucessful
  3. Average
  4. Fairly sucessful
  5. Very sucessful


Remember, each record represents only one persons experience; if you had different results, or used different methods, please share your experiences


Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Slightly timid Community tank?: Yes, a good community fish
Spawning Method: Other (see below)Breeding problems:
Skewed sex ratio
Sex ratio: Almost all malesBreeding difficulty: Difficult
Sucess: Very unsucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 24th February 2013Breeding date: 2013
Breeder: Location:

Water conditions: Water temperature:
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Yes, a good community fish
Spawning Method: Adult fish removed from tankBreeding problems:
Poor fry survival rate
Sex ratio: Somewhat male heavyBreeding difficulty: Average
Sucess: Fairly unsucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments: This is a great fish for any one, they are fairly easy to maintain and if your intrested in breeding any type of fish I suggest giving these plattys the first go round. When I started breeding fish I could never tell if they were pregnant or not so I went out and found see thru fish. HAHA It makes the whole experiance a whole lot better watching them grow inside. I raise mickey mouse plattys and have had a blast.
Date this record created: 3rd March 2009Breeding date: 2009
Breeder: Adam Location: Poland, Maine

Water conditions: Neutral Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Yes, a good community fish
Spawning Method: Other (see below)Breeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Very easy
Sucess: Fairly sucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 21st April 2008Breeding date: 2008
Breeder: kitty bearerLocation: lu1

Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Somewhat aggresive on occasions Community tank?: Yes, a good community fish
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)Breeding problems:
Poor fry survival rate
Sex ratio: Breeding difficulty: Very easy
Sucess: AverageYears Experience: 1
Other Comments: very easy, but before you know it, your tank has too many fish, and disease can set in. Best to distribute fry to other aquarists early on
Date this record created: 6th February 2008Breeding date: 2000
Breeder: lungfishLocation:

Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Yes, a good community fish
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)Breeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Breeding difficulty: Very easy
Sucess: Very sucessfulYears Experience: 3
Other Comments: Platys are no problem to breed. I was quickly overrun with platys I had no room for
Date this record created: 13th January 2008Breeding date: 1995
Breeder: Location:

Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)Breeding problems:
Poor fry survival rate
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Average
Sucess: Fairly sucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 13th January 2008Breeding date: 2008
Breeder: Location:







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