One Platy not doing too well
I had three Platties in my daughter's tank which I took out about a week and a half ago because of an ammonia spike after I thought it was cycled....could not hold the load. Long story. I put them in the 55 gallon tank and they all looked great. The one that is not looking good now was the one that looked like he was under the weather in the other tank. That is what made me move on it quick and get them out of there and put them in the 55 gallon even though it was not cycled yet. He seemed to perk up a lot when I got him in the other tank. Anyway, a few days ago, he had gotten a little worse and does not come out and play or come out to look for food. At least before he would stay up in the top corner but then would come out and play once in awhile and eat. He no longers does that. He may swim a bit but not much. When I read one of the poster's thread on here regarding losing their firemouth and explained that it may have been IP and explained the symptoms, I am thinking that may be what this platy has. He is just listless, stays at the top, sleeps at the bottom at night and then goes back up to the top when I turn the light on, has stringy poo, etc. There is nothing visiably noticeable on him in the way of outside parasites, etc. Is there anything I can do for him? It has been awhile since I have dealt with a sick fish. I do not yet have a hospital tank, only the 14 gallon that is still cycling. The water conditions in the 55 gallon is are still good. I just feel bad that he is sick and I am not doing anything for him.
I wish it was more definite on what it is he has. He may have weakened from all the stress....shipment to the pet store, then his move here, dealing with ammonia (he was the only one showing any real signs of stress from he ammonia) and then put in another tank. All this can really weaken a fish and make them vulnerable to get diseased.
Thanks for any advise. I am going to have to get a stand by tank for patients.
P.S. I noticed that the alpha male seems concerned for him. I know that sounds weird but he will go over to him and not pick on him but just goes over/up to him as if to check on him as if he knows there is something wrong. He will then scat the other platy away if it comes near. He will hang out with him for a bit. The funny thing is, the sick fish is not the Alpha fish but he seems to defend his sick spot even towards the alpha Platy.
What other fish are in the 55 gallon? Are there live plants in the tank? What is the current water temp?
Once I have this info I can suggest something that may help him.
Anyway, the water temp is 78. He comes out to swim a bit but very little and I have not seen him eat in awhile. I know enough to know for sure there is something wrong with him....some sickness. I feel bad that I am not doing anything for him. He is not picked on. It has been awhile since I have dealt with sick fish. I do remember certain deseases but it has been awhile. I definitely want to get a hospital tank for future use but not sure if it is best to always have it cycled or just have it to set it up when a fish is sick. I would not want ammonia to be a problem in a sick tank that is not established. Is there any trick to this. I have some ideas, but what do most of you do with a hospital tank? I vaguely remember what i used to do. I do believe that I did medicate the whole tank for some things but remember times when I took the fish out and put it into a hospital tank.
Thanks again. :)
P.S. I only have two live plants in there....waiting for my proper lighting. I do have several fake plants, but know that does not matter.
P.S. again. My concern is that this is going to be my main fish tank, and I sure hope he does not contaminate it with some desease before I even get started with my main fish in there. :-? The other fish seem fine so far.
I was thinking along the lines of salt, but I wouldn't use salt with those tetras in there. This is a situation where a hospital tank would be a big plus.
When I am in need of a quarantine/hospital tank I work with the tank water the fish is coming from. I do a water change on the main tank and use that water to fill the QT tank. I add a filter with media from the main tank, and sometimes a handful or 2 of gravel. I make sure the heater is on and set right from the beginning so temp doesn't fluctuate too much, and then I add whatever artificial decor I need to avoid added stress of the fish. This process takes all of about a half hr on average to set up, and once the temp is proper the fish can go directly from main tank to QT tank without acclimation.
An easy way to set the heater for the QT tank is to put it into the main tank and watch the light go on/off. When you get to the point where the light just turns off, you are at the same temp as the water. Once set you can unplug and move it to the QT tank and just plug it back in. If the light goes on simply wait it out for a short time until it goes off, meaning the water temp will be brought to that of the main tank, without all the guess work.
If you get the ability to move him to another tank by himself let me know and I can let you know how much salt to use.
At this point all you can really do is keep an eye out for other symptoms and be sure the other fish are not picking on him, and add some more decor to the tank to help him avoid stress. If his condition worsens check back in here with an update. Once positive symptoms can be identified we can progress with some kind of treatment suggestions.
Thanks so much, Dawn. That was very helpful. I did not know you responded yet. For some reason I did not get a notice in my email.
I do remember using water from other tanks before but I don't think I used gravel and I don't remember having an extra filter...not sure what I did about that. It has been awhile. I am definitely going to get a hospital tank. Would you suggest a ten gallon over a five? A five would be best room size since I do not have any big fish right now. I would definitely get a ten for large fish. I have an extra back filter but it is not the kind where you can put media from another tank in it. It is just the kind that has the filter pads in it. My large tank has a canister and sponge filter. I can figure something out.
He does not seem any worse but not sure how long he can last without eating. I have not really seen him eat in several days. He seemed to perk up a bit today but still not well. Poor guy. I feel sorry for him.
Thanks again, and I will keep you posted. :)
I would definitely go with 10 gallon for a hospital tank, especially for something like platys. Believe it or not, a healthy adult platy can get to 3 inches in size pretty quick, and 5 gallons would be quite small to accommodate such a thing and still maintain good water quality.
As for the hang on filter... remove the cartridge and use media from your other tank in place of the cartridge. Or you have the option of using the sponge filter from the main tank... though I prefer hang on filters for QT because its easier when it comes time to remove meds or when extra filter media may be needed to control waste levels. Once you have the platy in the QT tank, dose it with 1 tablespoon per gallon of basic aquarium salt. Do not dissolve the salt in a cup of water the way many people suggest, just add it directly to the tank water into the flow being put out from the filter. Just be sure not to pour the salt directly onto the fish.
What foods have you tried to offer him? Maybe I can help you find a better food selection that will tempt him to eat... Once in QT alone he may be more likely to eat.
Sorry I can't be of more help to you, but I hope this helps some.
I am sorry it has taken me awhile to get back to this thread. I finally bought a 10 gallon hospital/QT the other day. I did not set it up yet though and do not yet have a heater yet or another sponge filter that I would like to use. What I thought I would do for the future is set this tank up permanently with just a few small guppies or a couple of fish in it in my daughter's room. If I need it to medicate a fish or quarantine a fish, I can transfer them out to the other tanks and use it for a hospital/quarantinel tank. This way it will always be ready to go.
The platy died yesterday. :-? I thought he was getting a little better but apparently not. I never could actually see what it was that he had. It could have been that he got weakened from the ammonia in that other tank that was trying to cycle before I got them out of there. Maybe he ended up with some damage that he could not overcome and the other fish did not.
The LFS owner suspected that he had damage from the ammonia that he could not overcome. Since I thought this was most likely the case, I was not too worried. However, now I am concerned that if it was a parasite, if my other fish would be in danger....my Angels especially. The other fish including the Angels seem fine. However, the Phantom Tetra's seem possibly a little off today...not sure but just look off. I really did not want these fish in this tank (Phantoms and Platies) but it ended up happening this way. Should I medicate the whole tank in case it could have parasites? I really do not want an outbreak.
I am going to get this side 10 gallon tank set up next week. I need to cycle it, but can seed it with my other tank. I don't think the extra filter is the type that I can put the bio material in....it is just the cartridge type. I may invest in a Aqua Clear (forget the name) that has the section for bio media.
Please let me know if you think I should medicate the whole tank for parasites, just in case there are some in there.
Holly, not a problem with how long in between posts. I'm sorry to hear about your platy.
As for medicating your entire tank... I still have not heard anything that convinces me there is a parasite problem going on here, or ever was. Treating with medications should always be a last resort, just like with any other animal and even with people. That would be like telling me that your child went to school one day and 1 child in the entire school had head lice... your child scratched his head after dinner so you ran out and treated him for head lice even though there was no sign of them. Those treatments are dangerous, with the fish... that is basically the same thing. Medications are toxins that kill bacteria, fungus, and parasites. Please, never medicate any fish just because it might have been exposed to something or it might have an unknown illness.
There is also the added problem that some of your fish will not tolerate a great many of the medications out there that are being commonly dumped into aquariums these days, without any professional advice. That only means one thing... healthy fish turn into dead fish real quick.
If any of your fish shows specific symptoms, please list them along with fresh water parameters and we can sort it all out. As for what killed your platy... without a necropsy done, there is no way to know for sure. There could have been any of hundreds of causes, or combination of causes, including just basic stress and weak genetics.
I will keep watch over this thread for you. If you find you have an actual problem with another fish, please let me know and I'll contribute all I can to helping you. In the mean time I would suggest focusing on keeping water params in good standing, work on getting that QT tank set up as you mentioned, and keep close eye on the remaining fish for signs of a problem.
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