Platy is a common name for two related species of freshwater fish in the genus Xiphophorus. Both species are livebearers, similar to other fish of the family Poeciliidae, such as the guppy and molly.
Platies are native to the east coast of Central America and southern Mexico.
The two species, the southern platyfish and the variatus platy, have been interbred to the point where they are difficult to distinguish. Most platies now sold in aquariums are hybrids of both species.
This particular fish is widely used in tropical aquaria. There are several different colors of platy available. It is considered easy to care for, thus a good starting point for beginners. They are common in community tanks because of their hardiness and non-aggressive nature.
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