06-11-2010, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by puppyrjjkm
I was just wondering what the difference was between platies and swordtails. They look and behave practically the same in my experience, so is the "sword" the only thing that sets them apart? Thanks!
For the most part... yeah they're pretty similar. They can cross breed, and females appear interchangable. THe end result of that breeding is the variatus variety of platy. I've heard conflicting stories of guppies crossing with mollies if their own breed is not available but have not seen it. I found a link for an old thread on here that broaches this topic with a lot of different input. Its worth a look. cross breeding livebearers