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Old 09-09-2009, 10:47 AM   #1
 
Platy fish

My platy is acting very strange. It's hiding and resting on the bottom of the tank alot. It's a small fish maybe 1.25 inch? I also noticed it seems to have little white specks on it. Kind of alot of the specks..but not something you notice right away unless your down there really looking at him. IDK..maybe it's normal these specks i havent really inspected the other 3 platty.

Anyway...not much info to go on..but ...what do you think?
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:08 AM   #2
 
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Can you give me your readings for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, and ph?
What size is the tank?
Do you see the platy flashing? Do the spots look like a grain of salt? If so, it might be ick.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:41 AM   #3
 
hmm yeah it kinda looks like grains of salt...what is flashing? like when he moves it looks like shiney or something? is so...yes.

OMG...what is the ick? Isnt that something spongebob had?!?!

I have a Zebra fish MIA... just took the orniments our to look for it and its no where !

ill get back to u on my levels later ... its 50 gallon

4 platy
6 tiger barb
1 pleco
1 albino catfish
4 zebra (not including the 1 mia)
1 rainbowshark

i think thats all..they are all realitivley small
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:50 AM   #4
 
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Do test the water. Any ammonia or nitrites in the tank, can make ick hard to cure.
Here is a thread on ick. http://www.fishforum.com/tropical-fi...wn-white-1255/

Flashing is when the fish appears to be scratching itself on the gravel and decor.

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Old 09-09-2009, 12:22 PM   #5
 
Well everytihing except nitrates is perfect. i use a liquid set...and it looks between 10 and 20 if i hold it up it looks 10...if i lay is down with a white back ground it looks 20. is that still within limits?
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Old 09-09-2009, 12:25 PM   #6
 
Oh and I got new fish... 8/24 so 2 weeks ago...

the 5 zebra and the 1 rainbow shark....

the one zebra is GONE! Poof!

I did a water change today...and used the gravel vac. The LAST time I did it was probably when I got the new fish.
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Old 09-09-2009, 12:55 PM   #7
 
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20 ppm nitrates is fine. Anything under 40 ppm is considered safe for most fish.

Wonder if the shark or catfish ate the danio? Or, it could have died and the pleco ate it.

I have found the heat/salt treatment to work well for me to rid the tank of ick. I would bump up the water changes during the treatment. Water changes will help remove some of the free swimming ick. You will just have to remember to replace the salt that was removed from the water change. Table salt is fine to use, so don't waist your money on fancy salt.

If you have any question, be sure to ask.
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:03 PM   #8
 
i assume he died and got eatten.... all my fish are pretty small..the biggest is the pleco
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:22 PM   #9
 
ok well im reading up all the cures for this ick stuff...*darn u spongebob!*

I do not have a heater for my tank...I live in florida and it's always 73-78 degrees in my house.

So...To cure this ick crap..my plan...

Water changes as often as possible (daily if possible)...

1 tbspoon of salt per 25 gallons...with each water change.(removing the carbon filter)

Hope to buy a heater for my tank tonight so i can raise the temp...1 degree per day.

Continue for 2 weeks.......probably will go slower on the salt though...let me know what you think?

My fish..arent supposed to go over 80 degrees I think....

4 platy
6 tiger barb
1 pleco
1 albino catfish
4 zebra (not including the 1 mia)
1 rainbowshark
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:34 PM   #10
 
oh and i did seem some ick on some of the tigars....omgggggg is it going to like explode into an epidemic by tomorrow?
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