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Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 2/6 11:30
Re: Losing platy one at a time and more frequently #1
It was a tough decision but in the end I judged it on whether I expected her to recover, and if so, would it be a full recovery. What concerned me most is her spine towards the back seemed to deform more as time went on so it seemed like there was only one choice in the end.

I’m keeping the sand because I haven’t got any more substrate if I bin it so hopefully the bleach is working on the sand too. Once that’s done I’ll follow the rest of your advice and overdose with Prime to remove any traces of bleach.

Thanks


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  • Posted on: 31/5 14:58
Re: Losing platy one at a time and more frequently #2
I euthanized the other platy yesterday; it was a hard decision because she was accepting food but she hadn't made any progress so in the end I thought it best rather than carrying on and hoping for the best.

I'm keeping a close eye on the other two and, so far at least, all seems fine. I won't be buying any for a while at least because I want to make sure everything is settled down first.

What's the best way to sterilize a quarantine tank is bleach the simplest option? Will it turn the sand white? It states on the esha bottle that it can be used to clean stuff but it doesn't mention what dosage to use.


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  • Posted on: 25/5 20:16
Re: Losing platy one at a time and more frequently #3
Thanks for your insight fcmf.

I’ve come to realise just how difficult diagnosing these issues can be, particularly when there are no obvious signs.

You are right in that she was at the end, I put her in some clove oil, though she wasn’t moving at all by that point so it’s hard to tell if she was still alive, but I wanted her pain to end one way or another.

The other platy is still hanging in there miraculously, though it hasn’t eaten in two days so I’m not hopeful of a recovery.

I do believe that there is an element of truth to certain breeds of fish being less hardy though. I have two platy left in the main tank and I am watching them like a hawk.


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  • Posted on: 25/5 10:29
Re: Losing platy one at a time and more frequently #4
Looking at your videos it's difficult to say whether it's the same thing.

My favorite platy has definitely gotten worse as she's now on her side and hardly moving, so I think her time is almost up. Her health has declined rapidly in the last 24 hours, much faster than the original platy that was showing symptoms.

With these two there are no obvious signs of deformity, unlike the previous platy that I posted about, which I eventually ended up having to put to sleep, so I'm not sure we've experienced the same issue/disease. Though saying that, she has started to curve almost rainbow shaped as she lies on the sand, but is that just what happens near death?

I'm also wondering about the 'hardiness' of these platy, and whether they are as strong genetically nowadays as they used to be. My biggest concern though is how they seem to be affected one-by-one, not all at the same time, which indicates to me that there is some kind of disease causing this.


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  • Posted on: 25/5 7:34
Re: Losing platy one at a time and more frequently #5
Here's a photo.

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  • Posted on: 25/5 7:32
Re: Losing platy one at a time and more frequently #6
These fish are less than a year old, so it's nothing to do with age.

I hate seeing them suffer like this, there is definitely something wrong and it must be internal. I did a water change and dosed them on waterlife sterazin, but I don't think ultimately it will make any difference.

I will upload a video to try and show what is happening but it's difficult to capture and they don't move much.

Is there a possibility this could be fish tb?


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  • Posted on: 24/5 20:29
Re: Losing platy one at a time and more frequently #7
From the top of my head hardness is 13 degrees German; it's quite hard anyway.


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  • Posted on: 24/5 17:32
Losing platy one at a time and more frequently #8
Hi

I need some urgent advice about my dying platy fish. I lost one a couple weeks ago followed by a danio (which I believe was an isolated incident with the danio because it looked like it caught itself and ripped off a couple of scales and never recovered).

The platy become lethargic and emaciated and almost look like they become paralyzed at the back. Just the way they move seems strange and they spend a lot of time at the bottom of the tank. They sway with the movement of the water as if they have no strength/ability to move normally.

I've currently got two quarantined and I dosed them with esha 2000 but I don't think that's the answer in this case.

I've got some Waterlife Sterazin and I'm thinking of using that because I see no visible signs of trauma on the fish; no lesions, spots, cuts or anything like that.

Water parameters are good - 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite and about 30-40 nitrate.

Can anyone offer some advice?


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  • Posted on: 19/5 21:02
Re: Guppy lying on the bottom - conflicting online advice. #9
I read this thread and had to reply - firstly my condolences for your losses, I had to put to sleep a platy and a danio in recent weeks, and it never gets any easier.

I wanted to reply regarding your fish being able to see you; I am borderline obsessive about interacting with my fish, and so are my family members, and I can assure you that they watch you on a regular basis. I actually sit at the table in front of the tank and 'wave' at them, and they immediately come to the front/top of the tank and they've got one thing on their mind: food!

I shake the Tetramin tub in front of them and they know immediately what it is and what it's for, there's no doubt about it; they don't respond in the same way to any other item. I sometimes don't think people understand just how intelligent they are.

My mate is a dog lover but even he has a look (particularly when I force him) and he's noticed how they interact with someone interacting with them.


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  • Posted on: 21/4 15:08
Re: Deformed platy #10
Great post thanks.

Actually this platy is less than a year old and none of the others seem to be 'suffering' like her. She eats well and still comes to the front of the tank when I go near it. My quarantine tank has some harlequin rasboras in at the moment so i cannot isolate her, but I will keep an eye on her.

Water paramaters are the same story; 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite and too much nitrate. Nitrates out the tap, according to the water company, is between 18 (min) & 27 (max) and is the biggest problem I have with keeping fish. I've started replacing 30l of water, twice a week to try and get some kind of control over it because algae is becoming a real pain, not to mention the stress on the fish. Do you think it could be related?



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