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post #1 of 11 Old 10-31-2007, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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I'm lost here... taking care of my friends tank.

My buddy is out of town and I'm taking care of his tank. I got back from work and found that one of his Platys was on its side on the bottom of the tank. I removed him and put him in a smaller tank, but I have no idea what's wrong with it. I took a picture

... any ideas would be welcome. Thanks!
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-31-2007, 06:14 PM
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welcome.
could you possibly give a little more information /
are you a fish keeper yourself ?

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #3 of 11 Old 10-31-2007, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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I have kept fish before but never anything like this... I wish I could call my friend, he's out of the country... Its a platy, probably about a year and a half old. What other infos might you need...
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post #4 of 11 Old 10-31-2007, 06:51 PM
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hi
how big is the tank,who else lives in there,
what temperature is it at,Amonia,nitrates,nitrites levels
when was the last water change.
looks more like a harliquin rasbora(but hay,i'm probably wrong)
how much are they fed,
a few things to start with if that's ok :)

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #5 of 11 Old 10-31-2007, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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I think its a 10 gal, there are 3 more platys, 4 with a blue neon stripe, and 3 brown and black striped (sorry don't know specifics) and a red-tailed shark. The tank is at 78. I don't know any of the ammonia, nitrates or nitrites. He changed the water probably a week ago. I was told to feed a large pinch and add a sinking wafer.
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post #6 of 11 Old 10-31-2007, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Actually as I see those pictures it might be harlequin rasbora. Just wherever I said platy make that rasbora
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post #7 of 11 Old 10-31-2007, 07:17 PM
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sounds over stocked to me to be honest,
you really need to know that the water levels are doing
to be honest,have a rumage in the cabinate where the fish food is
and see if ther is a test kit.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #8 of 11 Old 10-31-2007, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Okay I found a test kit... nitrates 40ppm, nitrites 0ppm, and i don't think there is an ammonia test. The pH is between 7 and 7.5.
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post #9 of 11 Old 10-31-2007, 07:43 PM
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ok well the nitrate is a little high,
i think you would probably find that the amonia would be up,
do you know if there is amonia test there,
i would be surprised if not.
you may need to do a water change.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #10 of 11 Old 10-31-2007, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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I'll do a water change... is there any way to save the one in the bowl?
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