05-01-2007, 08:45 AM
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Platy with white feces
I have a fairly new 20 gallon freshwater aquarium that is still in the midst of it's fist cycle. Amonia readings are 0, nitrites are 2.0, only trace amounts of nitrates. Ph is 8.0. I recently (within the last week) added a couple live plants, but I did rince them thoroughly before adding them. My tank has 1 glowlight tetra, 2 platys, and 1 guppy.
I'm not sure if I have a problem or not. The male platy had clamped fins for several weeks and was hiding. I did daily water changes, which seemed to help. Now that I finally have an amonia reading of 0, he looks good again. He is active and eats fine. However, he always seems to have a long string of white feces hanging from him and he frequently rubs against the plants and decorations. He gets only flake food and I have tried not to overfeed (not certain about that though). Should I worry about the white feces and rubbing if he seems healthy other than that?