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Cheyd77 10-07-2008 11:49 PM

Am I just paranoid?
I have a 10 gal tank with 3 platys; 1 F, 1 M and 1 juvenile male; 5 neon tetra and 1 pleco.
Nitrate 20
Nitrite 0
Amm .25
78 degrees F
no live plants
set up for 2 years
recent water change of about half the tank, which I wonder may be the cause. I may have shocked them.
The adult platies are now hiding behind the plants and don't seem to be swimming much. The adult M only swims out to chase off the JM. One F platy recently died for no reason I could see. All of the platys seem to be slighty tilted when not moving. Not sure if it's just my imagination on the tilting tho. Does anyone know if that's a symptom of somthing?
I was also wondering if Trichodina can be seen without any magnification.
Thanks for any info or help I can get.

Little-Fizz 10-08-2008 05:31 AM

Well you do have a little ammonia in your water, was this taken before or after the large water change? What kind of pleco is in your tank?

You should have 1 male for every 3 females when keeping platies. The bigger male will likely kill the little male. I have 2 boys and 3 girls in a twenty gallon and one male is just constantly beating on the other one.

Cheyd77 10-10-2008 09:53 PM

Tested 2 days after. I had planned on picking up 2 ladies and getting rid of the smaller male. I've given up almost 20 fish and babies to balance the genders right. Not to mention the ones bought.

Hercules is the adult M, he's beat up every male to come into that tank.

Chinese rubberlip pleco, we've had Dragon for over 2 yrs. He's really done his job on the tank too. He's awesome.

1077 10-11-2008 04:29 AM

You say you have given up approx. twenty fish and babies. were all these fish in 10 gal? If so that could contribute to high ammonia levels, nitrites, and nitrates all of which I suspect were at elevated levels before the massive water change. Frequent small water changes with dechlorinated new water are much less stressful on fish than infrequent large water changes. In a two year old tank of 10 gal. you would be well served to change two gal. of water each week and vaccum the bottom of the tank at each water change say one third of the tank and a different area each time. Cutting down on feeding both in the number of times you feed and the amount offered will also help.

Cheyd77 10-11-2008 11:46 PM

That number is over the last 2yrs. I 've given them away in batches and usually do a weekend vacuum. It ended up being a large water removal cause I took out the ornaments and did a more thorough cleaning which I like to do every 6 months. Debris collects under the cave rock after a while.

Thanks for the info.

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