11-11-2011, 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by TwilightGuy
Test the water for proper pH, ammonia, nitrite levels, (although the Prime should be taking care of the ammonia/nitrite). Check the temperature for the correct range, low to mid 70's is good. As far as hiding from you, well, you are a bit bigger than they are and they need to get used to seeing you approach. Try turning off the room lights and sitting still. Or, sit back a bit and observe. Do they swim around or just stay motionless? Do they lay on the bottom, or hover near the top, maybe gulping air? Do they harass one another? They shouldn't... mollies and platies are fine together. Are their fins clamped? (not a good sign).
If you can, get some live adult brine shrimp to feed to them. If they don't go after them like it's their last meal, you really have a problem.
Fish seem fine in all respects except fearful when I came by and would not even eat even once flakes sank. I went back to place I got the fish this morning and had all chemicals/salt and temp checked ... even took digiital pics on my phone. Andy (manager) said all checked out fine but not eating for 9 days not good so made an odd suggestion. He said both the fish I had are on the peaceful, shy side and suggested I get a small "dither" fish... one that was fearless, fast and smaller than the others but who would eat no matter what. I followed directions and sure enough, it worked! All three fish have eaten and are swimming around fine. I am relieved! Thanks for your info.