Red Tiger Platy


2-3 cm
  • Common Name: Red Tiger Platy
  • Latin name: Xiphophorus maculatus
  • Synonyms: None
  • Tank Bred: The Red Tiger Platy is commonly tank-bred in the aquarium trade. They are selectively bred for their vibrant red and white coloration.
  • Distribution: The Red Tiger Platy is not a naturally occurring species. It is a selectively bred variant of the common Platy (Xiphophorus maculatus), which is native to Central America, specifically Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras.
  • Max size: Red Tiger Platy typically reach a maximum size of around 2 to 2.5 inches (5 to 6.5 cm) in length.
  • Lifespan: Under proper care, the Red Tiger Platy can live for about 2 to 3 years, although some individuals may live longer.
  • Temperature range: Red Tiger Platy thrive in water temperatures ranging from 72°F to 82°F (22°C to 28°C).
  • pH Range: They prefer a slightly alkaline to neutral pH range between 7.0 and 8.0.
  • Kh Range: Red Tiger Platy can tolerate a moderate hardness level, with a preferred range between 5 and 20 dKH.
  • Care level: The care level for Red Tiger Platy is considered relatively easy. They are hardy fish that can adapt well to a variety of aquarium conditions. However, they do require proper water quality and a balanced diet to thrive.
  • Lighting Preference: Red Tiger Platy are not particularly sensitive to lighting conditions and can adapt to a wide range of lighting intensities. Moderate to low lighting is generally recommended.
  • Suitable for planted tanks: Yes, Red Tiger Platy can thrive in planted tanks. They appreciate the presence of live plants, which provide them with hiding places and contribute to a natural ecosystem within the aquarium.
  • Preferred food: Red Tiger Platy are omnivorous and will readily accept a variety of foods. They should be fed a balanced diet that includes high-quality flake or pellet food supplemented with occasional live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp or daphnia.
  • Behaviour: Red Tiger Platy are peaceful and social fish. They are known for their active swimming behaviour and will often explore the entire aquarium. They are generally compatible with other peaceful community fish.
  • Discoverer: The Red Tiger Platy is not specifically named after an individual discoverer.
  • Interesting Facts:
    • Red Tiger Platy are known for their vibrant red and white coloration, which is a result of selective breeding.
    • They are livebearers, meaning they give birth to live young rather than laying eggs.
    • Red Tiger Platy are popular choices for community aquariums due to their peaceful nature and attractive appearance.
    • While they are relatively hardy, it’s important to maintain good water quality and provide a balanced diet to ensure their well-being.
    • Red Tiger Platy can exhibit sexual dimorphism, with males being smaller and more brightly coloured than females.


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The Red Tiger Platy is a striking fish with a captivating appearance. It has a sleek and streamlined body, typically growing to a size of around 2 to 2.5 inches (5 to 6.5 cm) in length. The body is primarily adorned with vibrant red coloration, which can range from deep crimson to bright orange-red hues. The red is often accented by contrasting white markings that can appear as stripes, spots, or marbled patterns, adding a unique and eye-catching element to its overall look.

The fins of the Red Tiger Platy are elegant and can display a combination of red and white colours. The dorsal fin, caudal fin (tail fin), and anal fin may feature hints of red, complementing the vibrant body coloration. The pectoral and pelvic fins are typically transparent or translucent, adding a delicate touch to its overall appearance.

With its lively and vivid colours, the Red Tiger Platy adds a splash of vibrancy and visual appeal to any aquarium. Its distinct red and white patterns create a sense of movement and energy, making it a standout feature in a community tank or a dedicated Platy setup. Whether you observe it swimming gracefully or resting peacefully among aquatic plants, the Red Tiger Platy is sure to captivate and delight with its stunning and dynamic appearance.

Natural Habitat:

In its natural habitat, the Platy can be found in freshwater environments such as rivers, streams, and ponds. These habitats are often surrounded by lush vegetation and provide ample hiding places among the aquatic plants. The clear and calm waters create a serene atmosphere, allowing the Platy to thrive in a peaceful and harmonious environment. The Red Tiger Platy is a line bred strain and does not live in the wild.

Keeping Red Tiger Platy Healthy:

The Platy is a relatively hardy fish, making it suitable for aquarists of various skill levels. It requires a well-maintained aquarium with stable water parameters. Regular water changes and proper filtration are important to ensure the health and well-being of this fish. The Red Tiger Platy prefers water temperatures between 72-78°F (22-26°C) and a pH level ranging from 7.0 to 8.0. Maintaining good water quality is crucial for the overall health and vitality of the fish.

Special Requirements and Feeding:

The Platy is an omnivorous fish that will readily accept a variety of foods. It thrives on a diet consisting of high-quality flake or pellet food supplemented with occasional live or frozen treats such as brine shrimp or bloodworms. Providing a balanced and varied diet is essential to ensure proper nutrition and vibrant coloration. The Red Tiger Platy appreciates an aquarium with plenty of live plants, as they serve as a source of food and provide hiding places.

How Many Should I Keep?

The Platy is a social fish that thrives in the company of its own kind. It is recommended to keep a small group of Red Tiger Platy in the aquarium, ideally with a ratio of two females to one male. This helps create a balanced social dynamic and promotes natural behaviour.

Lighting Preference:

The Red Tiger Platy does not have specific lighting preferences. However, providing a moderate level of lighting in the aquarium will enhance the colours and showcase the beauty of this fish.

Suitable Tank Mates:

The Red Tiger Platy is a peaceful fish that can coexist with a variety of other community fish species. Good tank mates include peaceful fish such as tetras, guppies, and other similarly sized peaceful species. It is important to avoid aggressive or fin-nipping fish that may cause stress or harm to the Red Tiger Platy.

Breeding Red Tiger Platy:

The Red Tiger Platy is a livebearer fish, meaning that it gives birth to live young instead of laying eggs. Breeding is relatively easy, and the female will give birth to fully formed fry. To encourage breeding, provide the fish with ample hiding places and ensure that water conditions are suitable. The fry can be raised in a separate rearing tank or left in the main aquarium with sufficient hiding places to increase their chances of survival.

Sexual Dimorphism:

Male Platys are typically smaller and more colourful than females. Males display vibrant colours and have a pointed anal fin called a gonopodium, which is used for reproduction.


The Platy has an average lifespan of 2 to 3 years under proper care and conditions.


The Red Tiger Platy is a selectively bred strain derived from the popular Xiphophorus maculatus species. While the original distribution of the Red Tiger Platy is not clearly defined, as it is a result of selective breeding in captivity. However, it is believed to have originated from wild populations of Xiphophorus maculatus, which are native to Central America, including countries like Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras.


In summary, the Red Tiger Platy is a captivating and vibrant fish that adds a splash of colour to any aquarium. With its fiery red and black markings, it is a true showstopper. This hardy species is suitable for aquarists of various skill levels, and it thrives in well-maintained aquariums with stable water parameters. Providing a balanced diet, suitable tank mates, and proper care will ensure the health and longevity of the Red Tiger Platy. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hobbyist, this beautiful fish is sure to bring joy and excitement to your aquatic setup.



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  1. Dispatch Timeframe: Orders placed before 2pm will be dispatched on the same day. Orders placed after 2pm will be dispatched on the next working day.
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It’s important to keep in mind that while the store strives to provide efficient delivery services, unforeseen circumstances or external factors could potentially impact delivery times. For further details or specific inquiries about delivery, customers should refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

Livestock Delivery.

The store maintains specific policies regarding the delivery of livestock. Here are the key points:

  1. Licensed Livestock Courier: The store exclusively uses a licensed livestock courier for shipping fish and coral. This approach is chosen to ensure responsible and ethical transportation of the livestock.
  2. Livestock Shipping Fee: The livestock shipping fee charged to customers of £19.99 does not cover the true cost, and therefore, there is a minimum spend requirement of £30.00 before the option for livestock shipping becomes available.
  3. Pre-Arranged Delivery: The store never ships livestock without first arranging a suitable delivery day. Before dispatching the livestock, the store must confirm the agreed-upon delivery day with the customer.
  4. Saturday Delivery Confirmation: Customers who choose Saturday delivery must have their availability confirmed for the upcoming Saturday before the store sends out the livestock. This confirmation ensures that the livestock can be received promptly.
  5. Failure to wait for livestock: Not waiting for livestock, even if there is a reasonable delay, or cancelling an order after it has been dispatched will lead to you incurring charges for an emergency return to the base. Additionally, any losses of livestock will also be charged to you. Please be aware that the items you are ordering are living creatures – livestock. We kindly ask that you refrain from ordering livestock if you are unable to accommodate the possibility of a delayed delivery.

    These terms and conditions are a fundamental aspect of our policy. Our primary goal is to dissuade individuals who could react negatively to a delayed delivery and subsequently request order cancellations. It is of utmost importance to underscore that your order pertains to living creatures, not mere inanimate objects. In the event of an occasional delay, it is crucial that you respond in a rational and responsible manner, taking into account the welfare of the livestock. We kindly request that you refrain from placing an order for livestock if you tend to react strongly to such situations. By proceeding with the order of livestock, you indicate your acceptance and agreement to abide by these specified terms and conditions.

  6. Signature Requirement: Livestock deliveries require a signature upon receipt and cannot be left in a safe location. This precaution ensures proper handling and the well-being of the livestock.
  7. Geographic Restrictions: The courier has strict geographic restrictions for livestock deliveries. Unfortunately, deliveries to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands, and certain Scottish offshore postcodes may not be possible. Customers are encouraged to contact the store via email to confirm if livestock delivery is available in their area.
  8. Minimum Order Value and Order Cancellations: The store has a minimum order value of £30 for livestock shipping. Additionally, the store reserves the right to cancel orders that are deemed high-risk or involve a high number of single tropical freshwater fish species.

It is essential for customers to familiarize themselves with these policies before making a purchase. For more detailed information or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or reach out to the store directly for clarification.

Livestock Geographical Exemptions.

The store has specific geographical exemptions for livestock deliveries. Here is a list of the areas and postcodes where livestock delivery is not available:

  1. Islands: Livestock cannot be delivered to the Shetlands, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man.
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Customers residing in these areas should be aware that livestock delivery is not available to their location.

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For further information or specific inquiries about livestock delivery to a particular area, customers are advised to contact the store directly for clarification.


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Important points regarding the return process are as follows:

  1. Return Condition: The goods must be returned in new and unused condition, as originally received. It is important to ensure that the goods are in the same condition as when they were sent out.
  2. Return Timeframe: The goods must be received by the store within 21 days of notifying them about the cancellation. During this time, customers are responsible for any loss or damage that may occur during the return shipping process.
  3. Refund Process: Once the store receives the goods in new and unused condition, they will initiate the refund process. The purchase price will be refunded to the customer.
  4. Return Condition Inspection: If the returned goods arrive in a condition that is less than what they were sent out in, the store reserves the right to return the goods to the customer, and no refund will be processed.

It is essential for customers to carefully review the store’s Returns Policy and follow the specified procedures to ensure a smooth and successful return and refund process. For more detailed information or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.


According to the store’s return policy, the following guidelines should be followed for returning goods:

  1. Use Returns Form: Customers need to use the store’s provided returns form to initiate the return process. This form helps the store acknowledge that the goods are being sent back.
  2. Return for Testing: If the goods are being returned for testing, the customer is responsible for covering the return shipping expenses.
  3. Refund of Postage Fees: The store will only refund postage fees if the order arrives damaged or becomes faulty within the first 4 weeks of purchase. Proof of posting is important, and customers should ensure the goods are well-packed and obtain proof of posting as the goods remain their responsibility until received by the store.
  4. Refund of Postage Costs for Replacement: If goods are being returned within 7 days of purchase under the Replacement Policy, the store can refund postage costs. However, the customer needs to agree on a delivery service with the store in advance, and only standard or tracked shipping fees will be refunded. The store cannot refund the cost of any special delivery service.
  5. Non-Refundable Postage: Postage costs for goods returned for any other reason than those mentioned above are non-refundable. The store reserves the right to deduct the original postage cost from any applicable refund.
  6. Mistaken Purchases: If a customer has made a mistake in their purchase, they need to return the goods to the store. The customer is responsible for the return shipping costs in such cases.

It is important for customers to carefully follow the store’s return procedures and terms and conditions. For further details or specific inquiries, customers should refer to the store’s website or contact the store directly.


If customers receive faulty goods, the following guidelines apply according to the store’s policy:

  1. Notification of Faulty Goods: Customers must notify the store within 7 working days if they receive faulty goods. This notification should be made as soon as possible.
  2. Replacement Parts: If possible, the store will dispatch replacement parts for the faulty goods.
  3. Return of Goods: If replacement parts are not possible, the store may request customers to return the faulty goods in accordance with their Returns Policy. The specific return procedures and conditions should be followed.
  4. Verification of Damage: Once the store receives the returned goods, they will verify the damage. If the damage is confirmed, the store will supply the required replacements.
  5. Return Postage Costs: If the goods returned to the store are found to be in good working order, the store is not able to refund the return postage costs. Additionally, the store reserves the right to deduct their original postage cost from any applicable refund.
  6. Consequential Loss or Damage: The store cannot take responsibility for any consequential loss or damage that arises directly or indirectly from the goods supplied.

Customers should carefully review and adhere to the store’s Returns Policy and procedures for returning faulty goods. For further clarification or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

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The store works in collaboration with manufacturers to ensure that their guarantees are honored, and they make their best efforts to resolve issues within the warranty period. The following guidelines apply to refunds and replacements:

  1. Postage Costs under Manufacturer’s Guarantee: Postage costs can only be refunded if the goods are returned to the store within 7 days of the original purchase, as per the manufacturer’s guarantee.
  2. Refund of Postage Costs for Faulty Goods: The store will refund postage costs for guarantee/warranty returns only if the product becomes faulty within the first 4 weeks of receipt.
  3. Replacements with Manufacturer Authorization: Replacements, whether parts or goods, can only be offered when authorized by the manufacturer. Customers should contact the store for further guidance in such cases.
  4. Prior Approval for Returns: Goods should not be returned to the store without prior approval. Customers need to contact the store and obtain approval before returning any items.
  5. Replacement of Glass or Ceramic Items: Glass or ceramic items can only be replaced if the store is notified within 48 hours of receiving the delivery.
  6. Replacement of Glass Bulbs/Tubes: Glass bulbs or tubes can only be replaced if they become faulty within 14 days.

Customers should note and adhere to these guidelines to ensure a smooth and efficient resolution of any issues with their purchased items. For specific inquiries or further information, customers are advised to refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.


According to the store’s policy, customers have the following responsibilities regarding breakages:

  1. Checking Goods on Arrival: It is the customer’s responsibility to thoroughly check the goods upon arrival for any damage. This should be done before signing for the parcel. If the parcel appears damaged, it is advised not to sign for it.
  2. Reporting Breakages: Any breakages or damages must be reported to the store within 48 hours of receiving the goods. It is important to promptly notify the store to initiate the resolution process.

By carefully inspecting the goods upon arrival and reporting any breakages within the specified timeframe, customers can ensure that appropriate actions are taken to address the issue. For specific instructions on reporting breakages or further information, customers should refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.