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post #21 of 35 Old 05-23-2008, 08:47 AM
i wouldnt be surprised if the other platy is pregnant if its been around males lol, by square i mean, when you see a platy that have a round shape to their bottom half, well when they square off the start to have a much squarer and straighter apearence in th bottom half. the gravid spot (where the fry are forming) will also become darker, and they will hide away from other fish. good luck :D
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post #22 of 35 Old 05-23-2008, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
Im just worried because the pregnant platy still hasnt eaten sice ive gotten her ( 6 days ago) and all she does (along with the other platy) is hang around the surface all day. I had to take the cabomba plant out ( too much shedding) and replaced it with a amazon sword plant.

Now the newer platy isnt eating neither. I guess I should try feedng some live brine shrimp or frozen brine shrimp or whateva 8)

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post #23 of 35 Old 05-30-2008, 05:18 AM
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Small tanks are very unforgiving of poor water quality. The slightest overfeeding can cause water quality to go south in a hurry.Exactly what are ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate readings? With the different foods you have been offering is it possible that some of it is not being eaten? frequent small water changes using a good dechlorinator might be all that is needed for fish to come around but no one can say without results of water tests. If you dont have a test kit I would see if local fish store would test your water. Many will, if you bring them sample. You indicate tank has recently cycled I am leaning towards possibilty that ammonia levels could be contributing to your problems.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #24 of 35 Old 05-30-2008, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
the tank is cycled; ammonia/nitrite=0 nitrate is about 20-
water is hard and temp is 80 degrees F.

She just gave birth to X amount of fry; I came home and noticed the betta very swelled up. Then I saw a small white fish swimming rapidly, I quickly caught him with a turkey baster. The fry is now in a small cup (temporary) he doent look like hes eating 8)

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post #25 of 35 Old 06-04-2008, 12:35 PM
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the tank is cycled; ammonia/nitrite=0 nitrate is about 20-
water is hard and temp is 80 degrees F.

She just gave birth to X amount of fry; I came home and noticed the betta very swelled up. Then I saw a small white fish swimming rapidly, I quickly caught him with a turkey baster. The fry is now in a small cup (temporary) he doent look like hes eating 8)
You have a game plan for the fry now. I would recommend them in a maturation net for a couple of weeks in the 10 gallon before moving them to a one gallon. I would recommend that you do get another 10 gallon because fry only grow to the size of their environment (from my experience).

The food will need to ground into fine powder and odds are they will eat small pieces of algae during their first days of life.

Is your female still zoning at the top of the tank? Stress Coat can help but the loss rate I have experience with fish zoning at the top of the tank for me is for everyone that survived... 9 died. Transportation into a new environment during the late stages of pregnancy is very stressful.
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post #26 of 35 Old 06-10-2008, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
well, the sunburst platy died, and the silver mickey mouse platy is still not eating. I removed the betta and temporarily transported him to a 1 gallon tank

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post #27 of 35 Old 06-14-2008, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
whats the best medication for an internal bacteria infection? melafix maybe?

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post #28 of 35 Old 06-14-2008, 09:22 PM
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It really depends on the type of infection (ie gram negative or gram posative). What do you think is going on?
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post #29 of 35 Old 06-15-2008, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
well the symptoms goes as following: refusing to eat ( but just yesterday, she starting eating the flakes), Odd green spot on her side (that appears to have faded), floating to the surface even though she struggles to swim downward, sometime floates on her side. The water is a bit acidic ( about 6.5)

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post #30 of 35 Old 06-15-2008, 11:52 AM
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That sounds more like a swim bladder problem than an infection (although they can be caused by infection). I'd recommend starting a new post in the emergencies and diseases section so we can help you out more.
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