Mickey Mouse Platy

Overview

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.

Origin

Where Do Mickey Mouse Platys From?

Habitat

What Is the Natural Habitat of a Mickey Mouse Platy?

Mickey Mouse Platys are native to Central and North America, ranging from Mexico to northern Belize. There are also non-native populations that inhabit several locations in the US, including Florida, Colorado, California, Louisiana, Nevada, Hawaii, Montana, and Texas

Diet

The Mickey Mouse Platy is an omnivore that will eat commercially prepared flaked foods and algae, as well as freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp.

Tank Setup

The Mickey Mouse Platy requires a tank of at least 10 gallons that is densely planted with hardy plants like Java Fern and Java Moss. They are very peaceful fish and make an excellent addition to the community tank. Any other peaceful fish can be housed with them.

Breeding

The Mickey Mouse Platy is a livebearer and is capable of reproducing at three to four months of age. The male is smaller and more brightly colored than the female and can be distinguished by his gonopodium. The fry will most often reach maturity in a community tank.

Diet

What Do Mickey Mouse Platy Eat?

Behavior

Are Mickey Mouse Platys Aggressive?

Tank Size

How Big of a Tank Does a Mickey Mouse Platy Need?

Compatibility

What Are the Best Tank Mates For Mickey Mouse Platys?

Size

How Big Do Mickey Mouse Platys Get?