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Should I put this fish down?
Old 12-13-2007, 09:06 PM   #1
 
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Should I put this fish down?

I have a platy who has been going downhill for the past week. She doesn't eat now. She might grab a small piece of food and then she will just spit it back out. The other fish were picking on her so I put her in one of those breeder traps. She seems a little happier but still won't eat. It's hard to tell from these pictures but she is so skinny now she is almost flat. When is the right time to put fish down.


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Old 12-13-2007, 09:12 PM   #2
 
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Try moving the decorations around - that can help wen fish get picked on.

She is very skinny but I have a hard time euthanising fish, unless they are suffering. The stress of being picked on could have caused her to stop eating. How long has she not been eating for?
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:18 PM   #3
 
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It's been about a week now. I will give her a couple more days in the breeding net to see if she starts eating again. I really want her to pull through.
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:32 PM   #4
 
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It's been about a week now. I will give her a couple more days in the breeding net to see if she starts eating again. I really want her to pull through.
I think you're right to give her a bit longer.

Would it be possible to move the ank decorations round? This helps to break up territory issues and can reduce agression. I find the breeder nets and units can be very stressful on the fish themselves.
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:43 PM   #5
 
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I have moved things around in the tank. I have completely redone it actually by removing some decorations and adding plants. They still pick on her some would even run into her so hard they would knock her sideways for a few seconds. These are guppies and a platy that are doing it. They haven't done it as much since I moved stuff around though so I guess I could take her out. It's a pretty large breeder net and I put a plant in there.
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:56 PM   #6
 
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Something I perhaps should have asked before: what sex is the other platy? If it is male it could be harassing her to breed. With platies, best to have all females or a ratio of 2-3 females per male. All males would become agressive due to very few pure strains existing these days, mot have some swordtail in them.
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:57 PM   #7
 
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In my tank I have 2 female platies and one male swordtail who is very young and hasn't attempted from what i've seen to mate with the platy females. The other livebearers I have in the tank are 2 male Guppies and 2 female guppies and 1 female balloon molly.
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:59 PM   #8
 
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In my tank I have 2 female platies and one male swordtail who is very young and hasn't attempted from what i've seen to mate with the platy females.
At least that rules out that possibility.

I'm all out of ideas. Maybe somebody else will have suggestions for you but in the meantime I will keep my fingers crossed for you that she perks up in a few days.
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Old 12-14-2007, 03:35 PM   #9
 
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This is the fish that was having the white-ish scale issue, right? Did that heal?
I am sorry to hear about the trouble she is having. Maybe in the breeder net, if you haven't already, try giving her a large variety of foods. Maybe some live bloodworms or brine shrimp.

I had a guppy who had a parasite I couldn't heal and he was emaciated after not eating for at least a week. His gills seemed protruded from his body because his stomach was so small. He had a bad wound due to the parasite that was not healing despite medications. I decided to put him down using a clove oil and grain alcohol mixture. He showed no signs of suffering and went as if he was sleeping.

I, however, was not able to buy him live foods or even a large variety to try to stimulate his appetite. Maybe doing this will help yours recover, but if not, a clove oil/grain alcohol mixture worked well for my guppy if you feel she is suffering and cannot recover. I hope for a recovery, though.
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Old 12-15-2007, 05:55 PM   #10
 
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Despite my efforts she died today. Thanks for your help and concern though everyone.
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