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RackinRocky 04-06-2013 06:04 PM

HELP! Need advice for sick platy
I have a platy that I've had for about 3.5 weeks. I quarantined her for 2.5 weeks before putting her into my 55 gallon tank. I've had columnaris deaths in the recent past, and most of the fish I have now are the survivors of it. This platy looked good when I bought her, but when I brought her home she seemed to have a bit of a film over one side of her body. I could only see it in certain lights. One of her eyes sometimes looks cloudy too, but again, only in certain lights. Very hard to see to the casual observer.

She's not doing well now, and I'm sure she was becoming ill when I brought her home, but of course its too late to take her back to the store now. I took her out of my big tank, as the last thing I need is the other fish catching whatever she has. She's still eating fairly well, but does isolate herself from the others and spends too much time at the top and near the filter. (From my columnaris deaths, I know this is not a good sign).

I have male guppies currently in my 10 gallon quarantine tank, so I have nowhere to put her! I finally decided to put her in a one gallon cube that I have and used the tank water, and added the appropriate amount of Seachem Kanaplex (Kanmycin) to her water. Problem is, I don't have a filter in there, and no heater. I know platies are more tolerant of cold water than a lot of other fish, but I'm worried about no filter and aeration. Can she stay in there long enough to get over her illness with no filter? And if so, how often should the water be changed, and what percentage? The temperature of the water wouldn't get below about 72 in the bathroom where I have her.

MoneyMitch 04-06-2013 07:13 PM

your definitely wanna get sometype of air powered sponge filter in there, I would do w/c like everyother day or so 50%

RackinRocky 04-06-2013 09:19 PM

Do they sell the air powered sponges at Petsmart or Petco? What brand would I be looking for?

MoneyMitch 04-06-2013 10:34 PM

any air powered sponge filter or a mini internal filter, you need something in there. I would imagine petco or petsmart would sell one of these.

RackinRocky 04-07-2013 12:46 AM

I sure hope she makes it overnight with no extra oxygen. I'd feel terrible if she was dead in the morning, but Petsmart and Petco are closed now. I'll keep you posted. Thank you, now I know what to look for.

RackinRocky 04-07-2013 11:26 PM

The platy was looking pretty good this morning. I got a Whisper in tank sponge filter, but forgot a heater! Darn! I have the tupperware container she's now in on a heating pad. Medium heat got the temp up to 72, and now that its on high, its 75. I also turned on a space heater, as our house gets down to the low 60s at night. The Tupperware container is 4-5 gallons. I just didn't feel good keeping her in a 1 gallon cube. This container 6 inches deep, 14.5 inches long and 10 inches wide. What brand heater would you recommend, and what wattage? Considering the ambient room temp can get down to 60, would a 50 watt be good enough? I need a fully submersible, and since the container is only 6" high, I need a heater that can be positioned horizontally. Thanks!

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