silver platy hiding in cave
i introduced my silver platy (i kinda doubt thats really what he's called) to my tank yesterday. everyone else that was introduced yesterday, 2 goldfish and a starburst platy, are doing great. the 2 new platties lived in a tank with a goldfish, before coming home. i noticed yesterday he was hiding, i assumed he was "shy," hiding behind all the plants. today i came home and went to say hello to them and i couldn't find him. i searched everywhere, to find him hiding in the darkest part under a rock. any ideas why he seems to be hiding and everyone else is out playing?
he missed dinner time too. i read to hold the food under so it goes around the tank. i think i might go get the net and feed him in that so i can see if he's eating. (if thats a bad idea please dont hesitate to tell me not to!) i'm afraid he isn't feeling well. i had a black platy that wasn't active and i came home the next day to him belly up :( i dont want that to happen to the silver one.
thanks in advance
once again i have a 20 gallon tank - tons of hiding spots and plants
i feed them twice a day
the water seems to be perfect
if you need any more info let me know
thank you again
Let me start by saying I'm by no means an expert on fish. That being said, I currently have 3 paltys in my tank. On most days I only see two of them. At one point I was convinced that the third had died and had been eaten or just not found yet. I can tell you she is still alive and well. When I do see her come out, she comes out from a dark cave that is set up. I don't see her come out to eat often either.
From what I understand, fish don't need to eat every day. In fact the last time I went out of town many people on this board recommended that I not feed my fish that I had in the hospital tank. I think catching your fish to feed it would cause more stress than help. It will eat when it is ready.
Hope this helps.
just an update on my silver platy.
i saw him 2 days ago out to eat. he must be treating himself :)
he still likes to hid and it looks like he only decides to eat once every 2 days.
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