DYING PLATYS?!?!? Started with 5 now i only have 1!!! HELP!
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DYING PLATYS?!?!? Started with 5 now i only have 1!!! HELP!
Old 05-15-2008, 07:49 AM   #1
 
DYING PLATYS?!?!? Started with 5 now i only have 1!!! HELP!

OK well i like to cycle tanks with fish. So they my platys are going throught a cycle. I had to take them out of my bettas tank because he wouldn't stop attacking my platys. So for the day i kept them in jugs. Well in that day 2 of them died in 1 jug. I think one was diseased, and gave it to the other one because one of them i think had a spinal injury. OK well i went out and bought a 10 gallon and heater and filter. Well i like i said i cycle with fish. So There are only 3 in there and Memo (the littles one dies.) Then my black and orange one is sick and dying. I have have Swirl the Black and orange one in a .5 and keeping the heat up. Also my filter seems to be broken cuz it makes this REALLY lound noise and keeps the water green and murky.... But my biggest one ribs i fine. He is playing and blowing bubbles. But I am getting a test kit some time this week.
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OK well i like to cycle tanks with fish. So they my platys are going throught a cycle. I had to take them out of my bettas tank because he wouldn't stop attacking my platys. So for the day i kept them in jugs. Well in that day 2 of them died in 1 jug. I think one was diseased, and gave it to the other one because one of them i think had a spinal injury. OK well i went out and bought a 10 gallon and heater and filter. Well i like i said i cycle with fish. So There are only 3 in there and Memo (the littles one dies.) Then my black and orange one is sick and dying. I have have Swirl the Black and orange one in a .5 and keeping the heat up. Also my filter seems to be broken cuz it makes this REALLY lound noise and keeps the water green and murky.... But my biggest one ribs i fine. He is playing and blowing bubbles. But I am getting a test kit some time this week.
It is obvious why your platies died. First of all, using the fish to cycle means they are undergoing the process of being posioned by ammonia and nitrites. Both substances can permanently damage the fish's body system. I would suggest you borrow a friend's established filter media to speed up the cycling so you will have lesser problems. If you are to cycle the tank using fish, then you must remember to constantly monitor your water for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and pH. Once you detect the first two substances at 0.25 and above, do water changes immediately until both fall to zero. IMO, fishless cycling is better than cycling with fish. Using established filter media provided the tank where the media came from is disease-free is better than cycling with fish.

Your other issue is wrong mix with a betta. If the fight has actually lingered for some time, then the betta should have been the one removed. Moving the stressed or injured fish around brings more stress thus damaging the fish further and they eventually succumb to such circumstances.
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