09-29-2012, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by CallieDee
Hey all, my boyfriend is setting up his 55 gallon tank and we are using 7 platies to cycle. Please first of all my post is NOT regarding whether it is OK to cycle with platies, I would appreciate no judgement or lectures from those of you who do not think it is OK to cycle with fish-in. We did the fish in cycle with our cichlids (on accident) and they all turned out perfect.
Anyways I have never owned platies before and they are really awesome to watch, especially since they are alone in a huge tank. My question is...are they always so active? I feel like they are skimming the top for food constantly and we don't want to overfeed, but seriously they are psychotic. Is this normal?
No, mine don't skim the top. They are always picking around on the bottom or on plants/driftwood. Maybe you need to do a water change. I've cycled 2 tanks with platys and found it's best to do daily water changes until cycled. Have you tested your water for ammonia, nitrates and nitrites? What kit are you using? But they are active. Are you near the tank when they do this? Try being away from the tank and watching, as when I'm near mine they go into feeding mode.P.S. You should keep a ratio of 1 male -2 female. Too many females leads to f on f aggression.
Last edited by marshallsea; 09-29-2012 at 12:17 PM..