Hi everyone. This is my first time posting here, but I've been a lurker for a long time. You all seem very knowledgeable, and I was hoping that someone could help me identify what is wrong with my Platy and Platy fry. I don't expect the baby to make it, but I want to prevent his tank mates from suffering the same problems. I'm also wondering if his sickness is related to my adult Platy's sickness.
1. Size of tank? - 10 gallons
2. Water parameters - All of the following except for ammonia are from two weeks ago when I used the last of my strip kit. I have since done a 20% water change (about a week ago). I'll get another kit tomorrow and double check all of these.
a. Ammonia? - 0
b. Nitrite? - 0
c. Nitrate? - 20-ish
d. pH, KH and GH? - PH is somewhere between 7.2 and 7.8. I do not know what my KH and GH are.
e. Test kit? - API Ammonia Test Kit, Tetra Strip Kit for the rest.
3. Temperature? - 79 degrees mostly, though it can get hotter during the day when I'm not home to turn on my air conditioner.
4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)? - Freshwater
5. How long the aquarium has been set up? - About six months
6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them? - Three female Platys, two African Dwarf Frogs, one Ghost Shrimp, and four Platy fry (in a breeder net). One Platy fry is an an inch and the other three are under half an inch. I've had them all for about six months.
7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)? - No, I don't own a quarantine tank. I got all my current Platys in one batch, then my frogs soon after. I bought another Platy about a month ago, but she was really lethargic and died two days after I bought her.
8. a. Any live plants? Fake plants? - One Amazon Sword, three Anubias Nanas, and one Marimo Moss Ball.
b. Sand, gravel, barebottom? - Gravel
c. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors? - No rocks or hollow decors. There is one medium-sized piece of Mopani wood and a Greek statue and matching columns from Petsmart.
9. a. Filtration? - AquaClear 20 set to lowest gph.
b. Heater? - Fluval Submersible Heater (50 watts)
10. a. Lighting schedule? What lights are used? - I don't use any lights.
b. Any sunlight exposure? How long? - Indirect lighting from my window all day long.
11. a. Water change schedule?- Erratic. Between one and three times a week.
b. Volume of water changed? - 10-20% (1-2 gallons)
c. Well water, tap water, RO water? - City water
d. Water conditioner used? - Prime
e. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed? - Every time I change the water (One to three times a week). Though I must note that my breeder net does have some debris on the bottom that I can't seem to remove without sucking up my fry in the process.
12. Foods? - Omega One Veggie Flakes, API Tropical Flakes, Frozen Bloodworms (every other day).
How often are they fed? - Two to three times a day
13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms? - Yesterday night I noticed that one of my adult female Platys has two white spots on her tail. There is one in the exact same location on each side. They protrude a little, but I can't tell if they're fuzzy or hairy or anything. The one on her left side appears to be a short white streak, and the one on her right side looks kid of like a raised white scale. She seems perfectly normal and continues to be a little pig. I want her to stay like that. She's my favorite fish. Do you think it could be an injury? Or maybe a parasite? I really am at a loss. I want to identify it as soon as possible so I can know if I need to acquire a certain medication or set up a quarantine tank.
My male Platy fry is a mess. Yesterday he seemed fine and was eating with his three siblings in their breeder net. I did notice that the base of his tail looked a bit odd though. Almost fat? But I didn't think much about it because I was worried about my adult Platy. Today I found him lying at the bottom of the breeder net trying (and failing) to swim. I fished him out with a measuring cup and put him into one of those Betta cups so that I could see him and prevent his "buddies" from eating his fins. His abdomen/tail base is even more bloated them it was yesterday and is now a terrible red color. His anal fin is also bright red. In the right light I can barely see a white fuzz covering the area that is red. He can't really swim and just now started doing this weird thing where he tries to swim backwards. I feel so bad for the poor baby. Should I leave him in the Betta cup or put him back in the breeder net? I have no way to set anything else up for him today or tomorrow. Also, I've found a couple of dead fry before but didn't think much of it, but one of them (that died about a month or two ago) looked similar to my fry that is currently sick, but I didn't think about it a lot because I thought he was decomposing or something.
Any suggestions on what could be wrong with my two fish? Are their illnesses perhaps connected? I would greatly appreciate any help.
b. Appearance of poop? - Seems normal for the adult. Haven't seen any from the fry.
c. Appearance of gills? - Normal as far as I can tell, but the baby is so tiny that I wouldn't really know if something was wrong.
14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis? - No
15. Insert photos of fish in question and full tank shot if necessary.