The Calico Platy is a beautiful molted color variety of the popular Xiphophorus maculatus Platy. Iridescent black sides and a brilliant golden profile appear as though a painter personally bespeckled each fish. Through selective breeding, platies are now available in a wide range of new color and fin variations. The Calico Platy is a great example of an atypical color variation.
The Calico Platy adds brilliant color to the aquarium and are very easy to keep. These features make it a great fish for beginners and accomplished aquarists alike. The Calico Platy requires an aquarium of at least 10 gallons that is densely planted with hardy plants like Java Fern and Java Moss. The Calico Platy is a very peaceful fish and makes an excellent addition to the freshwater community aquarium. Any other peaceful fish can be housed with them.
The Calico Platy is a livebearer capable of reproducing at three to four months of age. The male is smaller and more brightly colored than the female, and can be distinguished by his gonopodium. The fry will most often reach maturity in a community aquarium.