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  1. After doing a water change today, I noticed that one of my platies has a white bump over it's eye. It's hard to see but I don't believe it is fuzzy like fungus. I only noticed it after I added water back into my tank so I think it appeared recently. (In the pictures her belly is kinda big because she ate a little too much recently) pH 8 Nitrates 10-20 Hardness 17 dGH Nitrite 0 Ammonia 0 KH/Buffer 6 dKH Water Temperature 76 F
  2. I am trying to catch a fish that needs to be moved from a heavily planted 20G tank. I've tried netting him several times without success. There are too many places for him to hide, and I don't want to pull out/damage plants in the process When I feed, there are too many fish in one spot and I can't isolate the one I want. Cursing at the fish hasn't worked either. Does anyone have any tips or tricks for catching a fish in a tank with lots of hiding places?
  3. My new 20 long is finally ready for fish. Yesterday while at petco for ember tetras for my shrimp tank, I saw the most adorable black and yellow guppies, and haven't been able to get them off my mind since. I had been planning on making the 3-hour round trip to the last of the three LFS in the Boston area, but there's no guarantee they'd have guppies or any community fish that I'd want, as they deal a lot with cichlids and "rare/unusual" fish. The first two LFS were very disappointing to say the least! So, I might just do the 5 minute drive to petco. The aquatics staff in this particular store (and actually in every petco I've been to) seem knowledgeable and caring. I guess I was spoiled rotten by House of Tropicals and a thriving LFC when I lived in Maryland. I haven't been to any Boston club meetings yet, but their online forum is completely lacking in who's selling fish and plants. Anyway...here is the aquarium ready to go. Lots and lots of biofilm on the wood, zero ammonia and nitrite, <5 nitrate.
  4. This story picks up at the end of the summer when it was almost time to bring my summer tubs in. In brief, I had one tub with orange platys and one with blue platys. The plan was to transition them into a 55 gallon permanent breeding setup in my fish “area,” which is in the dining nook of our kitchen. This first post is going to be about the setup of the breeding tank itself, since that’s probably more interesting than the story itself. 😄 I’ve been planning this setup in my head since @Brandy mentioned automatic fry sorters last fall during a discussion about matten filters. My brain stopped in its tracks and I thought “this is the best thing I’ve ever heard of!” So over the next few months, I kept my eyes open and eventually acquired everything I’d need. The plan was to have the orange platys on one side, the blue platys on the other, and all their fry would get pulled into the middle. I also wanted it to look nice, since we’d be looking at this tank a lot. So I picked out a bunch of pots and a nice stick that my husband can’t believe I paid $35 for. The saucers under the pots will let them sit above the substrate. After planning out the setup, I got to cutting holes in the matten filters. (The slit allows the pots to sit flush against the sponge.) Ta-da! Sorters are in! I made the sorters stick into the middle at an angle so they’d create a bit of a swirl in the water, hopefully increasing the overall circulation in the middle compartment. I decided to put actual soil in the pots, but this time (unlike what I did in my community tank), I was going to cover that soil with a nice deep sand cap! Since the pots are so deep, I also wanted to try to defend against huge anaerobic areas. So I put tubes of plastic craft mesh down the middle. Sort of like you do in a compost barrel to make sure it stays aerated. I was hoping a layer of gravel at the bottom would help too. As I filled the pots with soil, I made sure to put a layer of gravel around the middle tube so the dirt wouldn’t just pour in and fill up the space. I ordered some aqueon lights for the outer sections. Unfortunately they didn’t fit around the rim of a 55 gallon. So my dear husband chiseled some gaps for me. I don’t think they’re deep enough to threaten the structural integrity of the tank. Time will tell I guess…! I chose a mingdak (I think) light to put under the center bar. That was the best way I could think of to light the middle section without getting a huge shadow. It comes with suction cups but those weren’t going to work since the bottom surface of the bar isn’t flat. So I turned to electrical tape. I put everything in place… You can see why the large pots were necessary—the fry sorters wouldn’t have stretched to the bottom, even if they were fully extended. I didn’t want to stretch them too much because the taller they are, the more air flow you need to get water through the uplift tube. Plus I just thought this looked nice. 😊 Added sand substrate. Now I understand why people have those little zen boxes where they can rake sand all day. Started to fill with water. There was something soooo soothing about watching the water creep over the sand. After I got it half full of water, I added some plants! Hubby said it looks like something you’d see in a modern art museum. ☺️ I still don’t think he’s realized I stole one of our mugs to use as the smallest pot. 😁 I added a few snails and let the tank sit and cycle. I added a bit more water every few days, which gave the air time to move out of the matten filters. I didn’t do a hard core cycle because the tubs each had a sponge filter that I was planning on moving in with the platys. So far, everything was going great. Beautiful, peaceful, all according to plan. To be continued…
  5. I have a 38 gallon freshwater tank with platy and guppy. I noticed this white poop on the gravel and rocks and floating shortly after adding new fish. I believe the poop is an indicator that the fish have internal parasites? Is this correct? I assume this based on research 🧐 and if this is correct how do I treat this? Help Please! I have a long time fish in the tank that I adore and I don’t want to lose him or any of the others. Thank you
  6. Greetings all! I'm really hoping the collecting knowledge & experience here can figure this out. I'm stumped The basics: these are "green lightning" platies. I have four in a 10 gal hospital tank, separated when I realized they had a problem. It started with a small black spot on top of one's head and I started researching it. Soon after I noticed all four of these same type (no other platies in main tank) were looking ratty and I moved them out. That was weeks ago and things have slowly gotten worse. I have tried treating with Melafix first, then added Pimafix to a daily alternating schedule, no improvement. I later noticed a few little while spots on one tail and then switched to ich-x for several days now. They've all four just continued getting worse and now there are black spots on one or two of the others, one having very pale and scraggly looking scales with red showing through... My first question is if they can even be saved. Their activity and appetite are unchanged and totally normal still, which made getting any useful pics difficult. I'm attaching the best I could manage. I've regularly checked water params and all are normal, and did a 50% water change last night as part of the ich-x instructions. Here's the current... very soft water params. Seems I'd forgotten to check more than the API master kit does. Will start trying to figure out how much SeaChem Equilibrium the tank needs. I have a RO/DI system for tank water. Tank size: 10 gal Ammonia: 0 Nitrites: 0 Nitrates: 0 Hardness: 0-25ppm Buffer: 40ppm PH: 6.8 Now that I see the water is so soft, could that be hurting or preventing their recovery? Any recommendations on how to adjust the hardness/buffer/ph without doing a chemistry experiment? I tried the Equilibrium in the main tank once and the hardness went to what I wanted (I think) but the PH shot to 8.4+, which I did not expect... I've let that come back down on it's own from water changes. Hopefully I've included enough info. Any and all help is appreciated.
  7. Hello. I have a question about these fish I got a while back. I used to own some mollies and wanted more. One day I went to the store and got two new ones that were in the mollie tanks (the black-orange and white one in the pics). I only had two females and one male mollie before hand so I thought adding these two will help which it didn’t. A female died a few weeks back and I noticed the male being more aggressive to the other female I had so I thought adding another mollie would help. I went to the store and got the green one from that same mollie tank I originally got the other two from. Adding her didn’t work either so now I’m confused if I’m confusing the platys for mollies or the store is. If anyone help clarify if my fish are platys or mollies I would really appreciate it. Also sorry for the dirty pictures.
  8. I've been looking online for dwarf red coral platies for months, and finally found some! I talked to the seller today, and I'll be ordering them this weekend. 🙂 However, I just realized I'm not certain if dwarf platies come from southern platies or variatus platies. Variatus have a wider temp range, which is why I want to know. I can't seem to find the answer by googling. (Either range is good for my tanks. No worries.) Anyone know whether dwarf red coral platies are southern or variatus? Or maybe you've kept them, and have a good idea of temp tolerance?
  9. What tank temp do you guys run your molly/platy/variatus at?
  10. I woke up today to find two Wagtail Platy Fry in my tank. Although there are plants in the tank to hide, I'm still worried that either my Betta or my Coridoras might eat them. Being that there are only two I'm assuming that others were born and eaten. I'm thinking of moving them into a breeder tank and add some moss. My question is the following: The mother is still large. Does it take several days to give birth? Should I add her with them? Being that I have only two I'm scared she'll eat them, but on the other hand if she still has to give birth I'm worried that the other fish (or she) will eat the other fry. Advice?
  11. I have a Platy fish that was at the bottom of the tank in a vertical position for a long time. I'm assuming that it got swim bladder disease. I'm planning on moving it to a quarantine tank and give it peas. My question is whether I should add salt or methylene blue into the tank? Also, how long does it take to recover? (Point of note: It is upright at the bottom of the tank now, but it doesn't look good. Something is still wrong with it).
  12. I'm currently feeding my fish Tetra flakes and occasionally some community repashy gel. What are some other foods that I can feed to change things up a bit?
  13. Hello today I noticed that my players are acting very weird, we’re at the surface and ground acting very skittish. But my bottom feeders are fine including corydoras and Otos! could this be an ammonia problem. I just added route tabs not too long ago!
  14. My 6yo daughter has a 10 gallon tank with a few ghost shrimp. I bought her 4 Platys to add to it, however they had multiplied out of control. I have at least 20 platys now in this 10 gallon and I need to control the population. Are there fish out there that I could add to the tank that would help control the fry population? I’m not sure what to do with all of these fish.
  15. So my Platies were due to give birth a month ago for their 1st pregnancy, but still refuses to drop them all. I’ve only seen like 6 fry so far. At first I wanted to save all the fry, so I put the females in a floating 3 gallon bin in the main 40 gallon, but they seemed stressed, so I put them back in with the males. But now, I don’t really care if the fry live or get eaten since I know they’ll just give birth again. I just want the females to drop their fry though. As you can see, there are plenty of hiding spots, the gravid spot is already there, and the water is heated to 86 F. I know the tank is cycled due to the plants going HAM, but I don’t check the water parameters because I routinely do a 25% WC weekly anyways. Does anyone know what’s going on? photo of my tank: https://imgur.com/a/G6iqgjI
  16. Try to have this fish as a centerpiece. My only female out of purchasing 6 from aquabid? What are my chances here? I feel like its any day now Thank you
  17. We've got a single Bumblebee Platy with a sunken belly and is generally looking sickly. I need help figuring out the problem, pictures below. Here's the tank details: Tank Size: 56 gallons pH: 7 Nitrates: ~40 Hardness: 150+ ppm Nitrite: 0 Ammonia: 0 KH/Buffer: ~40 ppm (need to add more crushed coral) Water Temperature: 75 degrees The little fellow seems to be eating and the rest of tank is fat and happy. We're feeding a combo of Xtreme Krill flakes and Nano bites, Hikari frozen Brine, and Tubiflex worms. It's a well stocked tank with Salt and Pepper, Green Lantern, and Blue Wag Platys, as well as Serpae Tetras, and a few mutt guppies. The thin fish did get nipped a while ago, before we got the Tetra aggression under control. There's many plants in there including swords, water sprite, and Japan. What do people think? Worms? I am moving him to our Quarantank so he can get some solo attention.
  18. Ghost

    Need some help

    I have a 20 gallon high with some platies, neon tetras, danios,Corry's,Guppies,shrimp,khulis, and one hillstream loach these last couple of days ive found 2 dead platies a couple more look like they aren't gonna make till tomorrow any idea what could be wrong? i do 50-75 percent water change weekly haven't had a chance to test my water as i ran out of test strips recently
  19. Hi there, I picked up a few assorted platies a few weeks ago. Seemed fine (I even had a fry - that promptly got eaten I think), however, two died within the last couple of days and the remaining seem to have red gills. My other stock - some pygmy corys, beckford pencilfish, and amano shrimp all seem to be fine. Ammonia seems like its the main cause of red gills on the internet, however, I have 0 ppm ammonia according to my API test kit (see below). So I am wondering if this is a disease? Apologies for the quality of the images I will try to get clearer ones. Any help is greatly appreciated. Water Parameters: pH - 7.3-7.5 Nitrates - 40 ppm (moderately planted) Hardness - ~8 degrees Nitrite - 0 ppm Ammonia - 0 ppm KH/Buffer - ~5 degrees Water Temperature - ~79 degrees
  20. Brian m

    Sick Platy

    Went on vacation for two weeks. Had a friend check on the fish after week one and they were fine. Got home and the female platy is swimming funny but mostly sits on the bottom of the tank. She is also really skinny compared to when we left. I did a 30% water change before we left but did not check the water parameters then. I checked when we got home and the nitrates were really high (100 to 110ppm best guess. My test strips only have 80 and 160 the color was closer to the 80) Nitrite ammonia are 0, gh kh pH are a little high but normal for my water and they have been fine with those for the past 6 months. I have done 2 30% water changes in the past 3 days. (First on Sunday when we got home and the second just now, tuesday) and the nitrate is now down to ~40ppm. She is starting to come out more and swim around but is still tilting up and laying on the bottom to rest. Will she recover? It there more I should do? Or should I be planning a fishy funeral? Tank details: 10 gal with a small Tetra filter seen in photo and a sponge filter in the corner. 4 occupants, 2 adult platys, and a silver dollar Tetra, plus one surviving platy frey about 4 weeks old Last water parameters Temp: 26c. Nitrate 40ppm Nitrite 0 Ammonia 0 Gh 250 - 300 Kh - >300 I keep trying to get this down but nothing has been working Ph ~8.0
  21. I’ve posted about this before but now I have evidence that I can’t attach because it’s a video. My Platys are miserable because my Endlers chase them nonstop. Some people here suggested that Endlers are trying to mate with them and that it’s harmless, but my Platys are exhibiting stress behavior and I don’t have another tank to put them in. I do have a Ziss Breeder Box that I can put my Endlers in for a few days though. It’s not setup yet but it won’t be difficult. Any other ideas?
  22. Anyone keep "mutt" platies? If so I'd love to see pics! I have some blue ones, but one has a pretty bright orange patch I really like, and so I'm very tempted to just start adding different colors in there and see what happens. :3
  23. I recently added some varitus platys to my tank, 55 gallon with a lot of plants and wood. I have three females and one high fin male, who is also the smallest of the batch. They have been in the tank for a couple weeks now and the male just seems painfully shy. A lot of times he hides in the plants, but not always, as he does venture out at times to eat food and nibble on algae. He does not have any clamped fins or other signs of disease, and as I said he is eating. His swimming looks fine, when he pops out. I will admit this is better then the first week where he just hid He does sometimes stay near one of the females, but many times when I do see him he is busy wandering on his own. The three females are a lot more visible, I see them all the time. Their only tank mates are six black neon tetras who ignore them ( I had some juvenile emperor tetras, but re-homed them as the males were already acting territorial and chasing the black neons away. Any ideas about what is going on here? I would like him to be comfortable about being out in the open more, he is a very pretty fish. Would getting some more platys help? The only thing is I would need to wait to add them because I would need to quarantine them.
  24. I have some pregnant female Platys that are due to deliver this Friday as July 9th marks the end of the 28-day gestation period. In the weeks leading up to today, my Platys have had a black gravid spot. But last Thursday, after a water change, when I moved them to a giant 3 gallon breeding box, I noticed that on some of the Platys, the spot turned pink! Some spots remained black and some have both black and pink. What does this mean? I'm afraid I did something that made them abort their fry.
  25. What is your guys favorite platy color breed! Mine is the Beautiful dwarf red coral platys I have!!
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