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Lindsey88 12-06-2007 07:48 PM

Platy not acting quite "right"
She is hanging around under my little "hollow log cave" and stays near the bottom. She has a small white patch on one side of her head. Her front fins are tattered because my other platies and guppies are picking on her. Is there anything I can do? Oh all my water parameters are normal. She hasn't quite acted right since I got her about 2 1/2 weeks ago but now she is acting worse. She swims fine and otherwise looks healthy but when she comes to the surface she is picked on by the other fishes.

Falina 12-06-2007 08:24 PM

Any chance you could post your water parameters please?

Does the white patch look like fungus? It could be the result of an injury or from being picked on by other fish if they have hurt her while doing so.

Is the platy female? What is your male/female ratio? With livebearers if there aren't enough females to "share" the advances of the males the females can become very stressed and hide a lot.

Lindsey88 12-06-2007 08:24 PM

Here are some pictures I took a few minutes ago as you can see she hovers near the bottom while the 2 other platies stay near the top and middle. The glass is a little dirty so it's hard to tell.

Lindsey88 12-06-2007 08:38 PM

I believe it is them picking on her. It might have been my male guppy mating with her before I got some female guppies. I have 3 female platies and one male swordtail as well as 2 male guppies and 2 females and one female balloon molly.
Ammonia 0ppm
Nitrites 0ppm

I don't have the kit to test the others. I need to get a master test kit soon though.

Lindsey88 12-06-2007 11:49 PM

Does anyone know what is wrong with her or what I could do for her?

Lindsey88 12-07-2007 08:05 PM


Little-Fizz 12-08-2007 11:32 AM

It doesn't look like she was picked on, It looks like bad water conditions or fungus. Are those white patches like fluffy or anything? In the pics it just looks like her skin lost colour in those places but I can't be sure....

Lindsey88 12-08-2007 02:47 PM

It's not fuzzy or fungus looking. Her skin is thin there and scales are missing.

Little-Fizz 12-08-2007 02:52 PM


Originally Posted by Lindsey88
It's not fuzzy or fungus looking. Her skin is thin there and scales are missing.

You haven't had her for that long right? Did she always have those white patches or did this just happen? ... What about your other fish? Have you seen them picking on her? This is odd :? I've never seen anything like that... It looks pretty painful.

Lindsey88 12-08-2007 03:07 PM

It's pretty strange because even my guppies pick on her. She hasn't had them since I got her they appeared about 1 week after I got her. All my other fish are healthy and none are picked on besides her.

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