01-21-2014, 01:04 PM
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Meh, that sucks that you're losing all your fish like that. I am sorry.
There's another problem: Swordtails in a ten gallon tank? They need 30 gallons minimum and a group of 4-5.
My dear, what you have is an over-stocked and poorly stocked tank, the toxins are killing them and the lack of proper space and groups is stressing them out. That's all there is to it. You need a much larger, cycled tank.
They have a very wide range of PH they can handle too...platies can handle it from about 6.5 to 8.0. You will want to get it stable before you have fish, or you will have very itchy, stressed out and very uncomfortable fish.
Also, Water test "strips" are inaccurate(I tested out about ten strips once and most DID say the same thing...however when I got a liquid kit, the numbers were far different). You want a liquid test kit. API Master Freshwater Test Kit will test ammonia, nitrites and nitrates, as well as PH and high PH. You will want to get either the liquid test solution for GH, or find it at your water company(call or check online, if you don't know how to figure out the GH from the numbers given...I didn't, ask on here).
So, you want a proper test kit, a bigger tank or different fish(not much can go in a ten gallon unfortunately), different number of fish, and a STABLE tank! =) Fix those problems and you will have happier, less dead fish. If you keep trying with fish that can't fit in the ten gallon, or with too many, you will just have more sick and dead fish.