09-17-2012, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by adamfalkofske
Hey all, been lurking for a few weeks. Finally got the tank cycled (more on this later) and had a few questions about a gold platy I just got from a LFS.
Does this one look pregnant to you? http://i.imgur.com/TSVC5.jpg
She was in a tank with a few other males. The other gold platy I got does not have the extended belly like this one does. Also, if she goes up near the light, I can see a bunch of what look like bubbles with dots where her scales are translucent. I'm assuming those are the fry.. is that correct?
Also, I added some Tetra Safe Start a few days before I added these two gold platys. The ammonia went up to 0.5ppm and the nitrite spiked to 2ppm from 0ppm. Should I return these fish until they both go back down to zero? Once the ammonia levels went down to 0ppm, I figured I was ready to add fish, but I guess the bacteria colony wasn't big enough yet.. help?
Thanks in advance.
If the female platy was in tank with males then she is no doubt pregnant.(Is what they do)
If the tank had/has cycled,,then two platy's should not have caused ammonia or nitrites to rise unless the tank is smaller than 20 gal and or fish are being overfed (easy to do).
If you keep the fish,,then perhap's daily water changes of 35 to 50 percent with dechlorinator such as PRIME would be wise move(for fishes sake).
Feed the two fish once a day, and tiny amount until the tank has matured(cycled).
Adding some floating plant's such as water sprite or Pennywort can help also.