Platy Fish and Cherry Shrimp – Can You Keep Them in Same Aquarium?

Platy Fish and Cherry Shrimp – Can You Keep Them in Same Aquarium?
As a platy fish and shrimp enthusiast, I often come across questions from less experienced aquarists that inquire if you can keep platy fish and cherry shrimp in the same aquarium. Whether you want to add platies to an existing community aquarium, or you’re wondering if you can add shrimp…

Can Platy Fish Live Without Oxygen?

Can Platy Fish Live Without Oxygen?
Fish require oxygen to survive, just like any other living creature. But is the oxygen in water enough to keep platy fish alive? Or do they require an additional source of oxygen? Platy fish cannot live without oxygen, and the oxygen that’s naturally present in water is not enough to…

15 Fun & Interesting Facts About Platy Fish

15 Fun & Interesting Facts About Platy Fish
As a fish well suited for aquarists of all skill levels, platies are loved by freshwater fish-keepers. They’re available in many varieties and colors, making a great addition to a community aquarium, where they get along great with other peaceful and even-tempered fish. Platies are easy to care for, they…

How Long Can Platy Fish Live Without Food?

How Long Can Platy Fish Live Without Food?
No, this is not a challenge to test the endurance of your platy fish, instead it’s a way to help you manage the feeding of your pet fish while you’re on vacation or travelling for other reasons. At some point or another, the question “How long can platies survive without…

Do Platies Need a Heater to Survive?

Do Platies Need a Heater to Survive?
Platies are tropical freshwater fish, which means they’re accustomed to warmer waters. The ideal temperature range for platies is 72°F- 78°F. They will survive temperatures slightly below the low end of this range; however, the chances of developing health issues significantly increase in lower temperatures. High temperatures are also correlated…

Why do My Platies Keep Dying?

Why do My Platies Keep Dying?
Platy fish are commonly chosen by aquarists that are new to the hobby since platies are often marketed as peaceful and easy to care for fish that are hardier than most. While all that may be true, platies do require proper keeping conditions just like any other fish. Many beginner…

Do Platy Fish Lay Eggs?

Do Platy Fish Lay Eggs?
Because they breed fast and often, platy fish populations in your aquarium should be controlled if you’re not looking forward to raising fry. Before you introduce any fish to your aquarium, it’s important to know how they reproduce. This regardless of whether you want them to breed or not, especially…

Platy Fish Lifespan – How Long do Platies Live For?

Platy Fish Lifespan – How Long do Platies Live For?
Platy fish are incredible freshwater fish that are uncomplicated and can be recommended for all skill levels. They reach a maximum size of 2.5 inches and are classified as hardy fish. If it’s your first time keeping platies, you may have questions related to their lifespan: How long do platy…

Platy Fish Fry Care – How to Care for Baby Platies

Platy Fish Fry Care – How to Care for Baby Platies
Platy fish are live-bearing fish that spawn fully-formed juveniles, which are able to swim and feed right away. They’re easy to breed and relatively hardy, however, they lack any parental instincts. If you want to breed platies, this article in which I discuss the basics of breeding platies and caring…

Platy Fish Care – How to Care for Platies

Platy Fish Care – How to Care for Platies
Platy fish are colorful, strong-bodied, active and unpretentious fish that are easy to breed and care for. They’re a live-bearing species that spawn fully-formed, ready-to-swim juveniles. If population control measures are not implemented, platies breed often and produce a lot of juveniles, which you may or may not welcome in…