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#1 Xavier

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 07:17 PM

what's the man difference between a Variegated Platy and a Xiphophorus maculatus

#2 omega59

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 08:35 PM

Variegated Platy can reach 3inches. they are much larger.

#3 Xavier

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 10:05 PM

that's it?

#4 OldMan47

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 10:37 PM

The biggest difference between a Xiphophorus maculatus and a Variatus platy is that one is a real species of fish and the other is a hybrid that has been created in an aquarium. I tend to stay away from things like platies and instead go for the real wild type fish. I really love all of my species tanks of goodeids, my Xiphophorus montezumae, the Heterandria formosa, the Xiphophorus helleri and the rest of my single species wild livebearer tanks. I sometimes give in and buy a decorative molly or platy but they are for decorating a community tank, not for a serious wild type fish breeder.

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#5 dunchp

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 11:26 AM

The biggest difference between a Xiphophorus maculatus and a Variatus platy is that one is a real species of fish and the other is a hybrid that has been created in an aquarium.


Erm. Not sure that is completely true.

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Wild maculatus from Belize.

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Wild variatus from Mexico.

#6 OldMan47

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 09:40 PM

I will gladly concede that some fish marked as variatus really are. On the other hand, almost every aquarium strain platy that I see has a second label that says variatus. It may not be that way in the UK but it sure is here in the US.




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