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norcalfutboler 08-24-2009 01:21 PM

Platies hiding at bottom of!
Hey everyone, I hope someone can help me out.

I have a 10 gal. tank with three fish in it:
1 sunburst wag platy and her ~3 month old baby
1 mickey mouse platy (male)

The tank has plenty of cover including plants and coral and a tiki hut so the fish have plenty of security. But lately they only stay hidden pretty much all day and only come out to feed. I just moved so I thought maybe the trauma of the move had them scared but it's been over a week now and they still stay inside the coral or in the plants. At that time it was only the two sunburst platies but yesterday I added a mickey mouse and now all three of them are in hiding. Prior to the move the two fish were active and swimming together...

Does anyone know what might be keeping them from coming out? I want to see my fish instead of an "empty" tank.


eileen 08-25-2009 04:50 PM

Maybe it's your water quality. You said you moved. Did you keep the cycled water? If not then when you set up the tank again you lost all the good bacteria from the gravel and filter if you cleaned it. I would check your water with a ph test kit. The dropper kind. It might give you a clue why your fish are not acting right.

DragonFish 08-25-2009 05:33 PM

Agreed, test your water for nitrIte, ammonia, and nitrAte. The liquid dropper test kits are the best and most accurate(API brand most recommended), if you don't have one already. How did you move the tank? If your gravel and/or filter were cleaned thoroughly or allowed to dry its likely you lost most or all of your beneficial bacteria and are cycling again, the water tests will tell us(and you)a lot about whats going on :-)

norcalfutboler 08-26-2009 02:34 AM

Thanks a lot for the ideas. I think I'll go grab a pH kit and check it out.

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