Hi all, I was wondering if anybody could offer me some advice.
About 5 days ago I bought 2 Platy's and 2 Guppies to add to my small aquarium. I was assured at the pet store that Platy's are peaceful fish and suitable for a community tank.
Over the last few days, I've noticed that one of the Guppies has withdrawn from the rest of my fish and spends most of his time hiding among the plants or or any other hiding place. He doesn't look at all sick, his colors are still vibrant and he doesn't appear to be in any kind of distress.
As I write this, it's late in the evening, and I was just about to go to bed, when I noticed one of the Platy's physically attacking the Guppy so aggressively, that I thought it was going to kill him! It ended with the Guppy trying to squeeze himself into a small crevice in the rocks to get away.
I had to take immediate action, so the only idea I could come up with, was to find a small plastic container about the size of a cup, and float it inside the tank. I've netted the Platy and put it inside the container to isolate it from the Guppy.
Now my problem is, it's too late to take the Platy back to the store. Tomorrow I have to work all day, so I have to keep the Platy in this small container for the next 16 hours or so. There's no aeration in the container, and I'm worried that the Platy will be ok in there for so long? I've even thought about taking a 'sicky' from work tomorrow so as not to prolong any possible suffering for the Platy.
Can anyone offer any advice or assurance that he'll be ok until tomorrow in there? I don't like doing this, but if I release the Platy, it's going to kill the Guppy :(