The Sunset Variatus is a North American livebearer related to and in the same genus, Xiphophorus, as the swordtails. Most commercial strains of platies have mixed heritage, including ancestors from X. hellerii, X. maculatus, and X. variatus. This fish is largely descended from X. variatus. Males often reach 4cm (1.5 in.). Females are somewhat larger and much heavier. Males yellow bodies with yellow dorsals and red tails. Females have similar colors but the body tends to be green-yellow. This fish has no natural range, but of its ancestors hail from Mexico and Central America.
We developed this fish in 2004 from our Redtail Black Variatus by selecting for no black. This strain breeds true.