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Variatus

Discussion in 'Livebearers' started by Xavier, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. Xavier

    Xavier Member

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    what's the man difference between a Variegated Platy and a Xiphophorus maculatus
     
  2. omega59

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

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    that's it?
     
  4. OldMan47

    OldMan47 Livebearer fanatic

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    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.
     
  5. dunchp

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    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

    OldMan47 Livebearer fanatic

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    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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