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Freyja 09-26-2012 10:13 AM

Platy behaviour
 
I noticed that all three of my platies were blowing bubbles all along the side of the tank, the two females and the male. They ignored the food completely. I'm not sure if one or both or my girls are in the family way and was wondering if this behaviour could be a result of pregnancy. They all ate well this morning.

marshallsea 09-26-2012 01:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Freyja (Post 1257016)
I noticed that all three of my platies were blowing bubbles all along the side of the tank, the two females and the male. They ignored the food completely. I'm not sure if one or both or my girls are in the family way and was wondering if this behaviour could be a result of pregnancy. They all ate well this morning.

My pregnant platys act normal until it's time to pop. How long has your tank been running?

Freyja 09-26-2012 02:20 PM

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Originally Posted by marshallsea (Post 1257116)
My pregnant platys act normal until it's time to pop. How long has your tank been running?

Not even a week lol...but I think they came preggo.

marshallsea 09-26-2012 04:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Freyja (Post 1257169)
Not even a week lol...but I think they came preggo.

At a week your tank hasn't cycled and this is very hard on fish. You should read up on the nitrogen cycle. A short description is that fish excrete ammonia through their waste and gills. Ammonia is toxic to fish and this is what's happening to your fish. It can kill them. Over the course of 6-10 weeks bacteria will develop that turn ammonia into nitrites which are also toxic. Then different bacteria will develop that turn nitrites into nitrates which a fish can handle in low amounts. You can either take your fish back and cycle your tank or you can leave them in. A fish in cycle requires you change at least 25% water every day. This keeps ammonia, nitrites down enough for your fish to survive. Also you really should add a lot of live plants as they kind of do the same thing bacteria does. Fish stores should but seldom do explain this to newbies.P.S. Do a 50% water change with Prime conditioner now. Prime can help with the ammonia.

fish monger 09-26-2012 07:27 PM

I've never heard of platys blowing bubbles. Do you have live plants in your tank ?

Freyja 09-26-2012 09:15 PM

Marshallsea, I know what the nitrogen cycle is but thoughtful of you to explain though and my filter is actually seeded with gravel from my LFS's established planted tank so it has BB in it. I am also dosing with Seachem Stability. Fishmonger, my tank has plants but is not heavily planted. I just added duckweed today. You are right that many LFSs, and big chains even less, explain the how-tos and benefits of establishing a nitrogen cycle. Better for the fish and for the keeper. I think the behaviour was a one-off because they were normal this evening when I fed them. Changed and dosed water as well. Btw one of my girls seems to be favoring the hidey hole created by the roots of one of my ferns. *crosses fingers*

marshallsea 09-26-2012 10:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Freyja (Post 1257495)
Marshallsea, I know what the nitrogen cycle is but thoughtful of you to explain though and my filter is actually seeded with gravel from my LFS's established planted tank so it has BB in it. I am also dosing with Seachem Stability. Fishmonger, my tank has plants but is not heavily planted. I just added duckweed today. You are right that many LFSs, and big chains even less, explain the how-tos and benefits of establishing a nitrogen cycle. Better for the fish and for the keeper. I think the behaviour was a one-off because they were normal this evening when I fed them. Changed and dosed water as well. Btw one of my girls seems to be favoring the hidey hole created by the roots of one of my ferns. *crosses fingers*

My bad , I assumed. You see so many newbies who have never heard of the cycle. My first tank with Platys cycled and I was on my second tank before I even heard of a cycle. Chain stores should be ashamed. Glad to hear they're ok.

Freyja 09-26-2012 10:08 PM

I think also that the cycling process seems daunting and complicated to newbies because it's not explained in simpler terms or at all. Of course big chains won't explain because it's in their interest to not have you establish a successful tank; that why your wish keep dying and you keep getting more. Shameful...yes, yes it is and I think with fish stores it's more like they assume you're not a newb. I checked on everybody a few minutes ago and they were sleeping. I'm glad theyre ok too! Thanks for replying :-)


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