Red Wag Platy


The Red Wag Platy is a sporty two-tone variety of Xiphophorus maculatus Platy. The energetic color combination of red and black gives the Red Wag Platy a sophisticated appearance. The Red Wag Platy demonstrates a classic color combination notable among the widely bred platy varieties.

The Red Wag Platy is very easy to care for and adds color and personality to the aquarium. These qualities make it a great fish for beginners and accomplished aquarists alike. The Red Wag Platy requires an aquarium of at least 10 gallons that is densely planted with hardy plants like Java Fern and Java Moss. The Red Wag Platy is a very peaceful fish and makes an excellent addition to the freshwater community aquarium.

The Red Wag Platy is a livebearer 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 modified anal fin or gonopodium. The fry will most often reach maturity in a community aquarium.

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

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lavman October 2, 2009 at 2:43 pm

i have a pair of red wag planty and the are great fish to have with a community tank. very easy to own.

Cristian January 20, 2010 at 10:37 pm

i have 3 red wag platys. i want to know how to tell if they are male or female. can anyone help me? also if ones pregnant how long until they give birth?

Danetta January 22, 2010 at 11:35 pm

To tell if a fish is male or female, easiest way to tell is look at the belly of the fish they have a fin if the fin goes down it’s female if it’s straight with the bodie it’s a male. hope this helps.

Sydney P February 8, 2010 at 8:42 am

I have two red platties, (had) and they had fry!! one little fish baby so faarrrr…so we put them in a hospitaltank so they can make more.anybody needsome cheap red wag platties?

Dan December 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm

i love my red Wag platy! i just got him and i was wondering if they are able to live in a five gallon tank with the following fish

Guppy males – 3
Cory Cat – 1
Platties (Wag and Colico) – 2

KareBear January 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm

We just got some today. So far so good! 🙂

Linette February 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I just purchased 2 red wag tails and put them in my 36 gallon tank along with 6 other tropical fish but they are hiding and the other fish seem to be adjusting I want to know if this behavior for the red tails is normal.

Ray February 23, 2011 at 8:30 pm

we bought3 or 4 red wags about a year ago. Now our 25+ gal tank is nearly over run with these hearty guys, and seems to be more on the way! Any body want free ones?? Please help!!

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