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Jeffreypang911 06-10-2009 06:34 AM

Only one Platy gasping for air?
I have put in 3 Platy today. Two of them are happy. One of them stays at the top and what looks like gasping for air.

He has gotten a little better since I have gotten him I believe. But he sometimes swims to the top and kind of eats the water. Bubbles come out of his mouth after.

So what the heck is going on? Hes a good looking fish. What could be the issue? He does swim around a lot though, just 30% of the time he goes up and gets some air. None of my other platies have even done this once.

I even lowered the tempurature from 80 to 79-78 hoping colder water would help them out.

Any Idea?

Thanks a lot!

1077 06-10-2009 06:58 AM

Platy's and swordtails prefer cooler temperatures 74 to 77 degrees while mollies and guppies prefer warmer water 77 to 80 degrees so lowering the temp was a good thing. Assuming that you acclimated the fish slowly and that water parameters are good ,AMMONIA, and NITRITES = zero and NitrAtes are twenty or below,, Then I would not be too concerned and would just watch or observe the fish. If all fish begin gasping at surface ,this would indicate to me that something isn't right and I would check the water parameters with test kit and perform water change of 20 to 25 percent using a good dechlorinator for new water before it goes in the tank.

adiumroot 06-10-2009 12:07 PM

My mollies do that a lot too ever since I got them. But they've been with me for months and nothing bad's happened. They've even bred successfully quite a few times. I keep them in an outdoor pond with goldfish and it seems they have taken after the goldfish behaviour of approaching anyone who comes near the pond and gulping at the surface expecting for food. hehe.

Just observe for any other developments. But as it is, it seems your platy will be fine.

Jeffreypang911 06-10-2009 02:06 PM

I could lower the temperature a little more. They all seem fine now. The one Platy is doing it less I believe. The others were fine from the start so I was worried it might be him, not the water.


Oldman47 06-11-2009 04:50 AM

There is no reason to hold your temperature so high for platies. None of my tanks are heated to over 75F except my endlers tanks at 77F. That includes my mollies and guppies at about 75F. You can accelerate growth by holding higher temperatures but the increased metabolism also means a shorter life lived in high gear.

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