Unpretentiousness, beauty, various coloring patterns, easy to breed – this is all about platy fish (lat. Poecilia). This fish is like guppy, swordtail fish, molly fish – it is a live-bearing one, i.e. it carries eggs inside its body and spawns completely formed ready to swim juveniles. In this article we’ll tell you about fish care and breeding.
Swordtail (lat. Xiphophorus hellerii) is one of the most famous and spread tank fishes. In general this fish is quite peaceful and it can inhabit in a common tank. Though each fish may have its own temper, which can be both timid and shy or aggressive and blusterous. This is especially true for males. They can be aggressive towards each other.
Did you know that molly genus (in Latin – Mollienesia) was abolished and now all fishes from it are included into livebearers genus (in Latin Poecilia). Well, I didn’t. I have found it only when preparing this article. And the fact, that various fishes that we know as molly fishes are now also in this genus only adds more confusion.
Guppy (lat. Poecilia reticulata) is a renowned tank fish. Even people who are not into aquarium husbandry know about this fish, not to mention aquarists. Each of them has surely had a guppy fish in a tank even just once.
Some aquarists started their hobby from buying a couple of fish and even now they have some splendid selective breeding species. To answer all the questions about this fish we’d have to write a book, but we’ll try to discuss the most common ones here, in this article.