Why are my fish dying??
I have 15 platys in my 10 gal I did have aprx 20 bc of breeding..in the last two weeks I have lost two fish and I had to flush one today because it was changing color and spinning around (it was a blue wag platy)..here are the symptoms: the skin or scales pealing, white dots on the tail, they also seem to huddle together by the filter. I do have a bubbler in there to maintain circulation. I have been doing this for a year and I am stumped. I change the water 50% once a week, clean the filter every other day, however been having problems getting the ph right. My test kit seems to be in the middle reading in regards the ph.(sorry for the long post)..I want my fish to breed again and it has been a few months since I had any fry. Any help would be very appreciated..thanks again to all my fish loving friends!!
With out knowing full parameter details (Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates at least), my initial thought would be overstocking... I'm still learning myself, but I wouldn't have 15-20 platies in a 10gal tank... I'd also be doing more water changes for that amount of fish. Definitely check out the diseases section of this forum and see if you can find something that matches the symptoms your fish are showing...
A Basic Guide to Freshwater Fish Stocking
Freshwater and Saltwater Diseases
Hope this helps a bit.. :-)
Another cause and here probably the more likely could be the water parameters and your attempts to adjust them. What is the GH (general hardness) and pH? And what are you doing specifically to change the pH which you say is not working?
Are these fry? Because in a 10g any more than 5 platy is overstocking.
How are you cleaning the filter? If you're running it under tap water instead of rinsing off in tank water then you may be killing off your bacteria. As essjay said, you need to test and post your water parameters. If you have the tests, you should tell us the GH, KH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH along with what type of test kit you're using.
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