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Sick Platy - Acvice Welcome
July 6, 2010
8:48 pm
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pH: 7.6
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 5
Temperature: 24.5 ish

Test kit used: API Liquid

Tank Size: 100 x 50 x 45cm, 200 Litres

Length of time set-up: 5 months

Filtration used: Aqua one aquis 1050 external - biomedia, 2 x sponges, filter wool

Maintenance Schedule: Dechorinated water change 12%/week, filter monthly

Detailed stock list: 12 x neon tetras, 7 x Zebra Danio, 5 x Emperor Tetra, 6 x Ruby Barb, 1 x Ancistrus sp., 4 x platy. All juvenile/young adult except 2 of the danios and the Platys been in the longest.

Recent additions to tank: neons, barbs 31 May; emperors, 5x zebras 4 June

What fish are affected: 1x platy definitely, another possibly
What are the symptoms: Sick platy has white patch behind and close to eye, still eating but hiding unless food added. Another platy and this one have less shiny eyes around the pupil, other ones behaviour is normal. Only previous disease outbreak was velvet (oodinium).

Treatment already used: Fungus Treatment (interpet no. 8) added yesterday as best guess was fungus patch. Cloudy/darker eyes had no idea.

Any diagnostic help welcome!
Thanks

Other point to note: Recently been hot here in London so more temperature variation than usual, used bottles of ice to reduce when needed. Also had lights mostly off to keep heat down. As a result more dead plant leaves in tank than usual, got most of them out now where I can reach.

July 6, 2010
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Hey flyingfox and welcome to SF forums.

From your detailed post it appears that you are having bullying problems and my guess is that the 'hiding Platy' is bottom of the Platy 'pecking order'?

What is the sex ratio of the Platys? Where you have more than one male in an aquarium the 'top male' will often begin an unseen 'war of attrition' against his male rivals. This can result in all types of injuries - and sometimes he will take his 'war' to females as well.

If the Platys are not 'at war' then my next guess would be that the Barbs or Emperor Tetras are having a go at them but, should this be the case, then you should have also experienced problems with the ZD's and NT's?

Aquarium Gazette Issue 10 carries a very detailed article, by Dr. David Ford, on Platys and is a wonderful read.

Regards David

July 7, 2010
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QUOTE (David Marshall @ Jul 6 2010, 11:38 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey flyingfox and welcome to SF forums.

From your detailed post it appears that you are having bullying problems and my guess is that the 'hiding Platy' is bottom of the Platy 'pecking order'?

What is the sex ratio of the Platys? Where you have more than one male in an aquarium the 'top male' will often begin an unseen 'war of attrition' against his male rivals. This can result in all types of injuries - and sometimes he will take his 'war' to females as well.

If the Platys are not 'at war' then my next guess would be that the Barbs or Emperor Tetras are having a go at them but, should this be the case, then you should have also experienced problems with the ZD's and NT's?

Aquarium Gazette Issue 10 carries a very detailed article, by Dr. David Ford, on Platys and is a wonderful read.

Regards David

Thanks David - that's helpful and would explain why it's only that platy who's affected. I will try and sex them today and see if that's the case. The barbs and emperors are all very peaceful to date and the platys are bigger than all of them.

Any ideas about what a darker eye might be symptoms of?

Thanks

July 7, 2010
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Just checked, seems I have 2 males and 2 females, it's one of the males who's the sick/hiding one.

Might try and get hold of that article - in the meantime will adding more females help the situation?

July 7, 2010
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QUOTE (Flyingfox @ Jul 7 2010, 08:48 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just checked, seems I have 2 males and 2 females, it's one of the males who's the sick/hiding one.

Might try and get hold of that article - in the meantime will adding more females help the situation?

Hey

Yes adding another couple of females may help the overall situation but will not ease the bullying for the weaker male.

Sorry but am not exactly sure as to the cause of the eye problem.

Details of all Aquarium Gazette Issues are on the website at:
http://www.theaquariumgazette.co.uk

Regards David

July 7, 2010
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QUOTE (David Marshall @ Jul 7 2010, 12:46 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey

Yes adding another couple of females may help the overall situation but will not ease the bullying for the weaker male.

Sorry but am not exactly sure as to the cause of the eye problem.

Details of all Aquarium Gazette Issues are on the website at:
http://www.theaquariumgazette.co.uk

Regards David

Thanks again for the help and for the warm welcome to the site.

I thought it was curtains for the platy as he'd disappeared, but he'd been hiding out under my large piece of bogwood. Will get myself a small isolation/quarantine tank next week and rehome him there while he recovers I think.

July 7, 2010
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QUOTE (Flyingfox @ Jul 7 2010, 09:34 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks again for the help and for the warm welcome to the site.

I thought it was curtains for the platy as he'd disappeared, but he'd been hiding out under my large piece of bogwood. Will get myself a small isolation/quarantine tank next week and rehome him there while he recovers I think.

Good idea and hope he recovers.

Regards David

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