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Denina 09-28-2013 06:36 AM

Red Platy
Hello, I have a red platy that I have had for about a year now. Not sure if it's a male or female. It had a partner, but that one died, so I got a new one. Lately the original one has been acting funny. It hangs out either at the top corner of the tank or the bottom corner of the tank. It will eat on occasion. There were two separate incidents where his/her poo looked like tiny twisted red sausage links, if that makes sense. Then it would eventually fall off and drop to the bottom. I am not sure what that is. Is he/she sick? I understand now that that type of fish is a liver bearer. I hope it's not suffering from something.

henningc 09-28-2013 01:41 PM

She has internal parasites. I'd put her in a temp tank and treat her. Hopefully the other one doesn't get it.

Denina 09-30-2013 07:46 AM

Thank you for responding. I do have a couple of questions....Can he/she go in a tank without a filter? Also, how do I trreat it?

henningc 09-30-2013 11:35 PM

Yes she / he can go in a tank without a filter and that is likely the best thing to do. Mardel and several other companies make appropriate meds. You can go to Pet Solutions or That Fish Place to read more.

Sakura8 10-01-2013 05:23 PM

Hi and welcome to the forum, Denina. Sorry to hear about your platy. Actually, the poo sounds pretty normal for a livebearer. Have you ever seen whiteish-clear spots in the poo? Like in between the red parts?

There's a possibility your new platy may have introduced something to your old platy. For treatment, I would suggest API General Cure, an antiparasite medication that will also help with internal anaerobic bacterial infections as well. You can get this at Petsmart.

What size is the tank and what are the tankmates? If you don't have any tetras, loaches, cories, snails, or shrimp, I would actually suggest treating the entire tank itself. If you have any of the above fish, then it's a good idea to move the platy to a separate tank. If that tank is smaller than 5gals, then you will need to adjust the dosage of the General Cure. To do this, take a container that will hold 5 cups of dechlorinated water. Add 1 packet of General Cure and mix well. Now, the ratio is 1/2 cup of medicated water to 1 cup tank water. So if the tank the platy is in is 2 gallons, you would pour 1 cup of the medicated water into the tank. If the tank is 1 gallon, you'd pour 1/2 cup. You can save the medicated water for 24 hours but then it is best to make a new batch. Follow the dosing instructions for when to dose.

Good luck!

Denina 10-03-2013 04:01 PM

Thank you for the tips. Unfortunately she died. But I will get the medicated treatment for the tank. I do not have any that you mentioned, so I should be ok.

Sakura8 10-03-2013 09:09 PM

I'm so sorry you lost the platy.

Sylverclaws 10-22-2013 01:32 AM

The poo did sound normal to me as well, as far as livebearers go, especially if fed a lot of flake foods.

It sounded to me like she was stressed out about her new partner, which can kill them. Platies need to be in groups, not pairs. 3-5 in a 20 gallon long tank. They can get quite stressed out otherwise, and if she was only kept in a pair for that long, or by herself for however long before you got a new one, the stress pretty much trashes their immune systems. And there's always a chance a new fish can bring in a nasty. I agree with Sakura about the treatment. NEVER put a fish into a tank without a filter, that's like shutting off the oxygen in a room. The filter creates oxygen and beneficial bacteria that are essential to any tank. Removing the filter media is required often with meds if you have carbon, as carbon often removes the medicines used.

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