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  • Posted on: 9/1 22:58
Aggressive platy #1
Hi guys, I’d like some advice with one of my platies please. As far as I’m aware, platies are renowned for being peaceful beyond belief. This was always the case with a good sized group of females in my tank. I only had the sunburst and wagtail varieties, all female. On Sunday I added a single female “salt and pepper” platy to my tank. She is bigger than my other platies.

At first she was just like my other platies, spending the first day hiding in the plants before venturing out into the tank. Trouble is, she doesn’t really join in with the others. While the other platies, guppies and endlers all swim tightly together and play, this new one often spends time on her own, but she also keeps chasing and nipping my other platies! They’ve always been the loveliest, sweetest little fish and I really don’t want to take the new one back to the store if I can help it, but I’m not standing for her bullying the fish that have been in the tank a lot longer, so if I have to return her then I will.

Is there anything I can do? I’ve never heard of a platy being aggressive, especially a female one.


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  • Posted on: 21/12 18:12
Re: Male betta turning white #2
Hmm, my water hardness is around 14 dGH, I did wonder if that might be having an effect... Though I did read they're happy in harder water than this.

Yes, he was purchased online. I thought he'd be stressed out from the journey, as he spent 24 hours in a bag with probably about 500ml of water in the dark, being moved around, but he looked fine and full of colour. I did decide to put the light on earlier and told myself I'd see how he reacts, and if he hides or looks stressed then I'd turn it off and put a blanket over the tank to stop the living room lights shining in on him too. The light has been on for about two hours now and he looks fine, he's swimming around and haven't seen him in his hide once. Though he still looks a little faded.

Regarding the temperature, I had read that 25C to 27C was best, so I set it to 26. If he doesn't perk up I might try turning it up a degree or two and see if it helps at all.

I'm also naturally a worrier, so I'm now pondering as to whether when he arrived I was so focused on the blue and red colouration and getting him in the tank and settled nicely that I simply didn't notice any whiteness... And now I'm worrying too much about it!

I know that his head and back are naturally white, but it just seems like the lovely deep blue scales along his sides seem to be going pale...


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  • Posted on: 21/12 13:56
Re: Male betta turning white #3
Thanks - I don't think it's the filter, though. It's a very small filter, the flow is so gentle that food and plant matter doesn't even move along the surface of the water. If it wasn't for the fact that water is coming out of the top, I'd question if it was even on. I put the water level as close to the spout as I could, too, just to minimise any unnecessary water agitation. He is swimming around a lot more today, but he still looks faded.

I should mention as well that he's a half moon plakat, so short finned. I know longer finned bettas can move slower due to the weight of their fins tiring them out, but I'm not sure if that's the case for my little guy.


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  • Posted on: 21/12 12:05
Male betta turning white #4
Hi everyone, I'm looking for advice with my new betta. He arrived yesterday and looked fantastic. I put him in his new 30l tank and he started exploring straight away, though moving quite slowly. He was alright up until the evening. I put the tank lights on and he was still swimming around for a bit, but then disappeared inside his coconut shell cave. He came up every now and then for air like other bettas do. I turned the light off when I went to bed, and suddenly he decided to come out of his cave and swim around in the dark. I put it down to maybe he just doesn't like the light on too much and/or he's just hiding while he settles in to his new home. Today I woke to find that he is still sluggishly swimming around his tank, but most of his blue colouration has started fading to white.

This tank has been cycled properly, water parameters are fine, temperature 26C. He nibbled at some freeze-dried bloodworms yesterday so appears to be eating. He has black gravel to hide against, a coconut shell to hide in, a betta hammock if he wants it plus an anubias, some floating plants and some big reed-like plants going to the top of the tank, plus the waterfall effect from filter to play in if he wants.

Is he just settling and I'm worrying over nothing? Other fish have initially been shy and sluggish for a day or two, but the loss of colour is worrying me. He looked fine when he arrived, and that was after spending a day in a bag in a box. If it sounds like something is wrong, what can I do?


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  • Posted on: 26/11/2018 23:31
Re: Newbie stocking advice please! :) #5
Ah, all I could find were inch per gallon calculators!

Many thanks, I’ll check it out. :)


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  • Posted on: 26/11/2018 14:03
Re: Newbie stocking advice please! :) #6
Thank you! Yes, the tank is 60x30x33.5cm. What is the alternative stocking calculator? I thought Aqadvisor was the only one, it'd be good to have it just as a guideline, please. :)


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  • Posted on: 25/11/2018 22:53
Re: Newbie stocking advice please! :) #7
Thanks. :)

If I just add one platy, how many endlers could I have join them?


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  • Posted on: 23/11/2018 18:31
Re: Newbie stocking advice please! :) #8
I was using Aqadvisor for general stocking number advice but the site seems to have been dead the last few days.

I currently have 3 male guppies and 2 female platies in my tank. Do you think I'd have room to add 3 more female platies and a small group of male endlers to my tank?


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  • Posted on: 23/11/2018 18:29
Re: Guppy bullying new fish #9
Thanks, I think the problem is solved, at least for now. :)


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  • Posted on: 22/11/2018 14:09
Guppy bullying new fish #10
Hi everyone

I stocked my tank with some guppies recently, then a few days later decided to add some more in order to hopefully stop any particular fish being bullied if any aggression broke out. Over the next couple of days, tails and fins started disappearing and fish started dying until there was only one left. I thought the reason was disease but I guess they got ill due to the stress of being harassed so much. He's been on his own over a week.

Today I added a few new male guppies and a couple of platies to my tank. All seemed fine at first, I just switched the tank lights on after an hour or so of letting them settle in, and I see my original guppy chasing half of the others, and harassing and nipping at one platy in particular. At the moment I have him isolated by trapping him in my net and just floating it at the top of the tank. He's trying pretty hard to get put and I feel quite sorry for him, but he's being way too aggressive with the new fish. The rest of the tank inhabitants are just swimming round happily now this guppy has been isolated.

What should I do? I don't want to keep him trapped in a little net forever, but I don't have another tank to put him in, and I'm not sure if I can get to a fish store to see if they'll take him off my hands.



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