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post #1 of 7 Old 06-03-2013, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Platy problem

Hey guys. Hope you can help me out with this one. Ive got a platy that has been on the bottom of the tank for a good 2 weeks now. She will come up for about 5 min or so to eat, but that's it. She spends most if the time on the bottom. I've noticed that when she is swimming, she has to constantly be moving her fins to keep of the bottom. If she stops swimming, she sinks to the bottom. She is just as active as before, but just sinks like a rock. I'm thinking its some sort of swim bladder issue. The tank is ten gallons. It's just her, two other platies and some rcs. The tank has a bunch of plants too. Ive had her for about a year and a half. The tank has been established for over 2 years. Oh and ive attached a pic of her on the sand. Here are the specs.
Ammonia-0
Nitrite-0
Nitrate- >5
pH- 7.8
Gh-11
Kh-6
Temp- 75ish
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-04-2013, 01:11 AM
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Sorry to hear about your platty. It seems based on the picture that there is nothing externally wrong with her. I would assume swim bladder disease as well. I've heard that cooked peas can help with swim bladder. Not entirely sure how true this is but it couldn't hurt to try. It's the best advice I could give you at the moment. Again sorry about your platty.

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-04-2013, 02:02 AM
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Hey guys. Hope you can help me out with this one. Ive got a platy that has been on the bottom of the tank for a good 2 weeks now. She will come up for about 5 min or so to eat, but that's it. She spends most if the time on the bottom. I've noticed that when she is swimming, she has to constantly be moving her fins to keep of the bottom. If she stops swimming, she sinks to the bottom. She is just as active as before, but just sinks like a rock. I'm thinking its some sort of swim bladder issue. The tank is ten gallons. It's just her, two other platies and some rcs. The tank has a bunch of plants too. Ive had her for about a year and a half. The tank has been established for over 2 years. Oh and ive attached a pic of her on the sand. Here are the specs.
Ammonia-0
Nitrite-0
Nitrate- >5
pH- 7.8
Gh-11
Kh-6
Temp- 75ish
I have to disagree. Her fins are clamped, meaning she is unhappy or uncomfortable. I'm sorry to say I can't give anymore advice because I don't have a clue. Good luck I hope someone with more experience than I have can help.
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-04-2013, 11:15 AM
What food are you feeding? What is listed as ingredients? If the first item listed is fishmeal or wheat, I'd go with a different food like Omega One or other that lists FISH (salmon, cod, herring, krill...) as the first ingredient.

Are you doing partial water changes weekly? If so, what is the volume? You might want to increase the frequency and/or volume of the weekly water change to get/keep it very fresh.

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post #5 of 7 Old 06-04-2013, 12:18 PM
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Are the two other platy's also female's? If they are males,,then could be she is close to giving birth and trying to avoid the attention of other fish especially if they are males.
Agree with Abby's dad with regard's to diet. These fish will benefit from food's with algae,spirulina,and not too much animal protein's.
New life spectrum (small pellet's) occasional algae wafer's,dried marine algae hung from veggie clip will all be enjoyed by the platy's,guppies,mollies,swordtail's.
Could be maybe the fish is just old too.

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post #6 of 7 Old 06-04-2013, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Ok first off, I'm feeding omega one flakes (first ingredient is whole salmon) with frozen brine shrimp about once a week. I do 30% water changes weekly, but ever since she's been doing this I've bumped it up to 50% weekly. The other two platies are females, and she hasn't had fry in over 6 months, so I'm pretty sure she isn't birthing fry or anything like that. I am starting to suspect old age. Anybody know the life span of a platy? I've had her for over a year and who knows how long she was around before that.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-04-2013, 10:13 PM
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On average a platy will only live for about 3 years so old age could very well be the problem.

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