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mollylover 04-26-2012 02:17 AM

My platy and other questions
I have a blue platy due to give birth soon but I not worried about that, it is that she is turning green!! And her scales are kinda wearing off?? I am wondering if it is a algae problem because my fake plants are turning black, I have found a jell like substance behind the filter. I dont know what it could be, also my nitrate rate is off the charts and I am trying to do alot of water changes..also there is stress in the tank according to the test kit..I cannot have a pleco in the tank and other alternatives?? Thanks for yr help

I have 5 platies, 4 neon tetras, and 4 fry and counting :shock:

kitten_penang 04-26-2012 07:38 AM

how big is your tank.try adding a real plant it will help with the nitrate problem

mollylover 04-28-2012 02:14 AM

I have a 10 gallon tank and I think I have an algae problem after doing some research and don't know what the best course of action is. I have heard of medicating and doing a "lights out". So which ever is best would be good and it maybe because I have my tank light on too long..

kitten_penang 04-28-2012 05:40 AM

with no real plants you don't need long hours of light even with a fully planted tank it only needs 8 hours.too much nutrients and too much light = algae
don't over feed your fish, do regular wc and then it will go away.
how do you test for stress in the test kit? mind telling me the test results for ammonia,nitrite,nitrate? .high phosphate is another thing that can give your tank algae phos zorb will soak phosphate that is needed by algae to grow.

fish monger 04-28-2012 10:59 AM

Kitten's advice is very good. I would add that you clean the plastic plants well with salt water and add some fast growing live stem plants. Profiles are available on this site. Water changes are the best thing you can do. While you do the first change, gently clean the filter media in the old tank water.

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