Platys - Cause problem in my new aquarium
As a beginner, I started with a 5 gallon fish tank in which I have a pair of mickey mouse platys, a pair of small angelfish and 3 pairs of guppies a week back.
The male platy doesnt seem aggressive with the rest in the daytime but each morning I found few of my fishes dead and now am left with the platy pair,an angel and a guppy pair. I checked the aeration and even changed the water twice to free from any contamination.But nothing works.Should I suspect the male platy?
Also both the platies have started to develop white spots over their body.Is it due to stress?How should I treat them?Is a salt water bath fine or specific medications required?
Also my female platy looks pregnant.How should I treat her?
Am planning to upgrade the size once I get comfortable with fish keeping.. :) Until then, what kinds of fishes can I have in a tank of this size(5 gallons)? Will those tiny zebra danios survive?
Sugi, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Glad you joined us.
As Barb said, a 5g is much too small for any of the fish mentioned. There are suitable fish for a 5g but zebra Danio is not one of them, it needs at least 20g. But before we get into possible small fish, let's get the ich cleared up. The fish that survive, if any do, will have to be dealt with first.
I know it is thought that starting with a small tank to "get the feel" of fish seems fine, but in fact it is always better to start with a larger tank. The larger the tank, the more stable the water will be, not subject to sudden fluctuations. And more space is always better for the fish whatever they are. Many start with small tanks, lose fish repeatedly, then give up. Please don't; it is really easy to have a healthy aquarium, it just takes some understanding and careful research. Never rush into something, impulse buying of fish, whatever. Plan it well beforehand.
Something to help us suggest suitable small fish would be knowing your tap water parameters. Hardness and pH is important. You can find the hardness value from your water supply folks, and possibly pH. But a liquid test kit for pH is a good investment as pH is something you should check periodically. An API "Master" kit contains tests for pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate; these are the basic tests. This kit would be a good investment.
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