Common Name: Mickey Mouse Platy
Scientific Name: Xiphophorus maculatus
Adult Size: 1.5-2.5 inches
Life Expectancy: 3-5 years
Tank Size: 10 gallons minimum
The Mickey Mouse Platy is a popular freshwater fish named for the distinctive pattern near its tail that resembles the silhouette of the iconic Disney character. These livebearers are hardy and come in a variety of colors, making them suitable for beginners and seasoned aquarists alike.
A 10-gallon tank is the recommended minimum to house a small group of Mickey Mouse Platies, as they are social fish that enjoy being in groups. The tank should be well-planted with space for swimming.
Mickey Mouse Platies are omnivorous and will thrive on a diet of high-quality flake food, supplemented with occasional live or frozen treats such as bloodworms or brine shrimp. They are peaceful and can be kept with a variety of other non-aggressive fish, making them excellent candidates for a community aquarium.