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Platy poop - is this normal?
Old 08-02-2014, 10:27 PM   #1
 
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Platy poop - is this normal?

I got three female painted platies a week ago. They've been in my 5 gallon quarantine tank since then. Since the day after I brought them home, I've noticed that most of their poop is off-white or translucent. It doesn't look stringy or otherwise abnormal, it's just pale colored. They're very active and are eating well - they have no signs of illness, as far as I can tell. One of them looks like she might be pregnant. I feed them Omega One betta buffet pellets and do 100% water changes every other day with ammonia remover and dechlorinator.

Is this normal for platies, or a sign of some illness?
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Old 08-02-2014, 10:31 PM   #2
 
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Could be the start of an internal parasite. Is the food off-white or green? It often comes out a similar color to their food.

You're changing the water too much. If you're worried about the bioload in there it's still too much, you should do 15% changes once a week with a 25% once a week. You're stressing them out and that could cause funny colored poo.

Platies are omnivores, but lean more towards plant protein over meat protein like bettas need. Add in more greens for them, they should only be getting meat foods 1-2 times per week with the rest plant matter. =)
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Old 08-02-2014, 10:40 PM   #3
 
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The food is pink. I'll add in some greens. I did notice that their poop was green when I first brought them home - they were probably fed different foods at the pet store...do you recommend any specific foods for platies?

Forgot to mention - the tank is uncycled. It's just a quarantine tank. They've got a nice 20g waiting for them once they're out of quarantine. I won't be changing the water as much once they're in there. I don't have much choice on the water changes, though, as long as they're in this tank...
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:19 PM   #4
 
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I would suggest moving water over to it from your cycled tank instead. QTing them in an uncycled tank may actually make them sick, and kill them. Careful with that, those changes aren't going to help them much, and may make it worse since they're stressed already from a move. If you have a sponge, or I suggest getting one, put it in with your cycled filter for a couple days then move it to the QT tank, that'll cycle it. =)


As for food: Emerald Entree is a nice omnivorous diet(you can get that in the frozen sections at all pet shops that have a freezer, lot's do), I usually remove the worms. Fresh, blanched greens, some like cucumber and zucchini(boil it first, OR slice it, remove the seeds so they don't eat them and choke, and freeze them on a cookie sheet between wax paper, that's a good way of "Blanching" them). Minced up romaine lettuce, kale is good once or twice a week(you may as well boil that stuff, it's tough!). Blanch all fresh greens and give no canned foods. A boiled, skinned pea is good once a week. A nice high quality veggie flake food is good too. You'll only be wanting to feed them a very small amount maybe once a day while cycling, most would suggest less...but when so stressed making them hungry isn't gonna help but...it can up the bioload issue and add ammonia to the water feeding them more in an uncycled tank, once they're settled in a cycled area feed them twice a day so they aren't ravenous for their single meal(I found out they do better being fed 2-3 times per day, small amounts, they can get digestive issues with one feeding a day). x.x
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:36 PM   #5
 
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Out of curiosity, how would the uncycled tank make them sick, exactly, assuming the ammonia/nitrite etc were kept low? Not trying to sound rude - just wondering. I just assumed that a few extra water changes were better than letting the ammonia get high. And as for transferring water over from my cycled tank - is that really better than using fresh water, with new ammonia remover added? They're only supposed to be in QT for 6 more days, if they're healthy...I'll see if I can stretch out the water changes a bit, so they only need 1-2 more before I move them. I will also get them a new filter if they need to be in there longer.

Thanks for the food info!
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:51 PM   #6
 
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Because obviously ANY ammonia or nitrites are toxic, no matter how low they are kept. This stresses them, stress hurts their slime coats and if they have any nasties lying dormant, expect them to pop up. Also reduces their ability to fight off illness, parasites and other nasties. Stress combined by being poisoned is bad. Using prime can help detoxify it and remove ammonia though, I suggest you use that if you aren't. =)
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Old 08-05-2014, 06:23 PM   #7
 
My 3 females also do this.. they seem perfectly healthy and active so I'm not worried about it!
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