Are you considering adding fish to your aquarium? Platies are a great option – they’re colorful, hardy, and easy to care for! In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of how to take care of platies in an aquarium. You’ll learn about feeding habits, tank setup requirements, disease prevention tips and more. By implementing these measures into your routine maintenance schedule you can ensure that your new platy friends live a long happy life with plenty of time for fin fluttering fun. So let’s dive in, and take a look at how to take care of platies!


Platies are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. They prefer live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp and other small invertebrates. You can also supplement their diet with high-quality flake food. Feed your fish once or twice a day – no more than they can consume in three minutes. When feeding, sprinkle the food over the surface of the tank so all your fish can have a chance to get some, and so that not too much fall to the bottom of the tank and starts decomposing.

Tank Setup Requirements

Platies prefer water temperatures between 72-78°F (22-26 Celcius). It’s important to keep up with regular water changes – 25-30% every two weeks is ideal. Also, make sure your tank is filtered and possibly aerated as this will keep the water clean and oxygenated.

Platies require a larger aquarium – at least 10 gallons (40 liters) for a few platies, but 20-40 gallons (80-160 liters) is preferred for a healthy population of a larger group of platies. The water should be clean and, as mentioned, with regular water changes of at least 25% every two weeks. Also, make sure to provide plenty of hiding places and décor for your platies with plants, rocks and other decorations.

When considering how to take care of platies, decorations and plants are an important part of the aquarium for both platies and other fish. They provide an interesting environment for your fish to explore and hide in, as well as helping to reduce stress levels. Decorations can also help to create visual interest in the tank, which is especially important for platy fish as they come in a variety of colors and patterns.

Platies should be kept in groups of three or more to ensure they don’t become stressed out. As mentioned, they also prefer plenty of plants, rocks, and hiding spots – so make sure you provide some for your fish.

Some good plants for platy fish include Java fern, Anubias, and Hornwort. These plants also help to keep the tank clean by absorbing nitrates and providing oxygen.

How to Take Care of Platies
How to Take Care of Platies
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Platy tank mates

Platies can be kept in a community aquarium with other peaceful fish species. Some good options include guppies (platies and guppies work great together), mollies, swordtails and other small tropical fish. Avoid keeping them with aggressive or predatory fish such as some large, aggressive cichlids – these will likely attack and eat your platies.

When selecting tank mates for your platy fish, make sure the fish have similar requirements for water temperature, pH, and tank size.

Platy Characteristics

Platies are a small species of fish that typically reach a maximum length of around 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm). They can also be found in a variety of colors and patterns, from bright oranges and yellows to deep blues and even reds. Some variants of platies are also known for their large caudal fins, which can make them appear larger than they actually are.

There are a variety of platy fish that can be kept in an aquarium, each with their own unique characteristics. The most common type is the Southern Platy, which can be found in Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. This species has a black spot at the base of its caudal fin, and can range from bright yellow to deep blue in color. There are also other varieties such as the Red Wagtail, Sunburst platy, and other Platy which all feature different patterns and colors. 

Platies come in many different colors, among the popular ones are Orange, Red, Blue and Green. Some also have beautiful long tails that can add a splash of color to any aquarium.

Platies are quite active and social fish. They can often be seen swimming and playing in groups around the tank, or flitting about in search of food. In addition to being energetic and playful, platies also have a very curious nature. They may be seen nibbling on plants or investigating decorations. 

Disease Prevention Tips

Platies are generally very hardy, but there are still a few tips you should keep in mind, when taking care of your platies, to reduce the risk of disease in your aquarium. It’s often a good idea to consider quarantining any new fish before adding them to your tank, if you have that option, and always be on the lookout for signs of illness. Signs of sickness include: loss of appetite, lethargy, or unusual behavior. If you see any signs of illness in your platies, it’s important to take action quickly.

Platy babies

Platies a live-bearers, meaning they give birth to fully formed fry.

Platy babies, or fry, are often born in the aquarium and can be a delight to watch. The fry will be completely independent from their mother immediately upon birth, so it is important to provide plenty of hiding places and decorations for them to hide in and around.

When taking care of platy babies, it is important to feed them small bites of food several times a day. You can use specially formulated fry food or you can try using baby shrimp and crushed flakes. Keep in mind that platy babies are very small and will not eat large chunks of food, so make sure the food is finely chopped or crushed.

All in All on How To Take Care of Platies

Now that you know a little more about how to take care of platies, are you ready to add some colorful fish friends to your aquarium? These cheerful freshwater fish are easy to find and make great beginner fish. While they are relatively low-maintenance, it’s important to do your research before adding any new fish to your aquarium. By staying on top of routine tank maintenance and keeping an eye out for common health problems, you can ensure that your platies stay happy and healthy for years to come. So what are you waiting for? Go out and get yourself some beautiful platies today!