Rainbow Sunset Variatus is one of the farm raised color morphs of the wild type Xiphophorus variatus, originally found in southern Mexico by Meek in 1904. A member of the Livebearer group, this peaceful fish has distinctive sexual features. Males will have a tubular shaped anal fin, called the gonopodium. Females will have a fan shaped anal fin. Males sometimes will have larger dorsal fins, but not always.
Black and White Moon Female Platys can grow to 3 inches in length with males a bit smaller. When male and female are coupled, the Platy can and will produce broods of young on an average of once a month. This time can be shorter or longer, depending mainly upon temperature. These fish are best kept in trios. This will keep the male from exhausting the female.
Assorted Hifin Variatus are generally more elongated than its close cousin the Platy, and many color morphs available today are a cross between the Platy and Variatus. This fish will prefer a densely planted tank and it can be kept in pairs or groups. They will generally hover near some cover, coming out of hiding to eat. As an herbivore, plant based foods should be part of their diet, though they will eat most all flake, frozen and freeze dried foods for the aquarium.