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Sunset Tuxedo Platy (Xiphophorus maculatus)

Sunset Tuxedo Platy (Xiphophorus maculatus)

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Overview of Sunset Tuxedo Platy (Xiphophorus maculatus)

Common Name: Sunset Tuxedo Platy

Scientific Name: Xiphophorus maculatus

Native Location: Indigenous to Central and South America; typically tank-bred

Climate: Subtropical to tropical

Size: 2 - 2.8 inches (5 - 7.1 cm), with females generally larger than males

Temperament: Peaceful

Diet: Omnivore

Breeding: Easy

Temperature Range: 64° - 77° F (17.7° - 25° C)

Preferred pH Range: 7.0 - 8.2 (ideal around 7.5)

KH Range: 10 - 25

Minimum Aquarium Size: 10 gallons

Potential Tankmates: Other peaceful fish species, small peaceful invertebrates (with caution around dwarf shrimp fry)

Care Level: Beginner


The Sunset Tuxedo Platy is a vibrant and multicolored variant of the Platy species. Known for their shades of yellow, black, orange, and red, these fish make a striking addition to any community aquarium. They are particularly appreciated in planted aquariums where their colors contrast beautifully with the green plants.

Physical Characteristics

Sunset Tuxedo Platies have a blend of yellow, black, orange, and red coloration, making them highly attractive and visually appealing. They are small-sized fish, growing up to 2.8 inches, with females generally being larger than males.

Behavior and Compatibility

These fish are peaceful and shoaling, making them suitable for community tanks. They are compatible with other non-aggressive species. While they are generally safe with invertebrates, they may prey on smaller dwarf shrimp and their fry.

Diet and Feeding

Sunset Tuxedo Platies are omnivorous and not picky eaters. They thrive on high-quality flake foods and should have their diet supplemented with frozen foods such as bloodworms. A varied diet ensures they receive all necessary nutrients.

Tank Setup and Care

  • Tank Size: A minimum of 10 gallons is recommended.
  • Water Conditions: They prefer temperatures between 64° - 77° F (17.7° - 25° C) and a pH range of 7.0 - 8.2, with an ideal pH around 7.5. The recommended KH range is 10 - 25.
  • Aquarium Lid: These fish can jump, especially when acclimating to a new environment, so a secure lid is necessary.
  • Plants and Decorations: While not necessary, they appreciate a planted tank. All stem plants, Marimo Balls, and mosses are safe. Ensure there are no sharp objects that could harm the fish.


Breeding Sunset Tuxedo Platies is straightforward. They are livebearers, meaning they give birth to free-swimming young rather than laying eggs. Providing plenty of plants and hiding spaces will help fry survive in a community tank.

What We Like About This Fish

  • Very colorful variety with beautiful coloration
  • Hardy and adaptable, making them suitable for beginners
  • Small size, ideal for planted aquariums
  • Peaceful disposition, compatible with many other species


The Sunset Tuxedo Platy is an excellent choice for both novice and experienced aquarists. Their stunning coloration, peaceful nature, and ease of care make them a delightful addition to any aquarium. Providing them with a well-maintained environment, a varied diet, and a secure tank setup will ensure they thrive and display their best colors.

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