Platy Blue Butterfly Moon

29. February 2024

The first glance into an aquarium with this breeding form of Xiphophorus maculatus may only reveal beautiful blue platies with a large tail root spot (“Moon” or “Mickey Mouse”). But a second look shows that there is more to these fish, especially the males! They are multi-colored. 

Dominant, optimally colored males of this breeding form have a red tail fin, the rear half of the body shines golden-green, the front half is metallic blue. There is a red zone on the rear part of the back, starting at the base of the yellow dorsal fin.

We first received these animals in 2017, then not for seven years. We are delighted that they are now back with us!

For our customers: the fish have code 442628 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer