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To have happy blue platy fish in your aquarium, you need to set up their home carefully. Blue platies are small, colorful fish that like to swim with others. Here's a simple guide to help you create a good environment for them.

How Blue Platies Look and Act:

  • Look: Blue platies are small fish with a beautiful blue color. They are about 1.5 to 2.5 inches long. The males are a bit smaller than the females. They have a nice, elongated body with see-through fins.
  • Behavior: Blue platies are calm and friendly. They like to swim around and explore the aquarium. They feel safer when there are a few of them together. These fish give birth to live baby fish instead of laying eggs.

Friends for Blue Platies:

  • Blue platies get along well with other friendly fish like other platies, mollies, guppies, swordtails, tetras, and catfish.
  • It's important to check if the new fish you want to add like the same water conditions.

Setting Up the Aquarium:

  1. Choose the Right Tank: A small tank of about 10-20 gallons is good for a few blue platies and their friends.
  2. Water Conditions: Keep the water slightly alkaline with a pH between 7.0 to 8.0. The temperature should be around 70°F to 78°F.
  3. Filter the Water: Use a good filter to keep the water clean. Blue platies prefer slow or medium water movement.
  4. Make a Comfy Home: Add fine gravel or sand to the bottom. Put in some plants, rocks, and caves for hiding spots.
  5. Add Some Light: Use moderate lighting for about 8-10 hours a day. You can use a timer to keep a regular light schedule.
  6. Keep It Clean: Change about 20% of the water every 1-2 weeks to keep the tank clean.

Feeding Your Blue Platies:

  • Blue platies eat a mix of different foods.
  • Start with good quality flake or pellet food. You can also give them live or frozen treats like brine shrimp or bloodworms.
  • Feed them once a day, giving them only what they can eat in a few minutes.
  • Sometimes, you can offer blanched vegetables like spinach or peas.
  • Let them have a day off from eating every week.

Remember to watch your blue platies and their friends to make sure they are happy. Adjust their food and care if needed. With the right setup, your blue platies will thrive and bring joy to your aquarium.