My water is on the soft side (Scottish water) so have been slowly trying to increase the hardness to meet the needs of the platy without shocking them (already did that and lost one) and not using chemicals out a bottle to achieve this.
The softness of my water did cause my cycle to stall, but that's all sorted now thankfully after getting advice on this forum.
My platy journey started with mis-advice from pets at home unfortunately... they told me tank doesn't need to heated / cycled / any water hardness will do and gave a mix instead of all females!
Looking for stocking advice for my 65ltr female platy tank.
4 full grown female platy - various breeds 2 four month old platy 1 one month old fry - if male will be taken out and added to male tank 1 new born fry - if not eaten and if is male will be taken out and added to male tank
On checking the calculators available I'm around 70% stocked.
Can I add anything else? perhaps a dwarf bottom feeder
Heated rectangle 65ltr
Filters Fluval U2 Interpet CF1
Water parameters are good Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 5 PH 7.2 KH & GH are always low so adding in coral sand
I have a male platy tank with a few males and fry of different stages.
The trouble I have is with the two four month old males, they are brothers from the same batch. The issue is that one hounds the other one so badly, he follows him, blocks him, displays at him, nips hims and the other one rams and flicks him back, but it’s relentless! And actually uncomfortable to watch!
The one that’s being bothered is now like 2 or 3 times the size of the other one as the other one spends his time and energy stalking his brother, while his brother eats and grazes all day.
The hounded one does seem stressed and keeps getting a bloated stomach (not dropsy, no pineconing) the bloat goes down if I don’t feed them, the back again.
Thinking it might be stress.
I have tried putting the pest male in breaded net for an hour but that had no effect other than stress, so won’t be doing that again.
Any advice on this behaviour would be great otherwise might need to put in a tank divider.
I have a 65ltr female tank but rally don’t want any males in there as just trying to get on top of the population.
Water stats are good Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 5 PH 7.2 KH & GH are always low so adding in coral sand
60ltr tank Fluval U2 Plenn and plax small world filter Ocean rock Couple of plants Coconut half for shrimp
Stock 1 full grown male 2 five month old males - one hounds the other 1 four month old 6 two month old fry - all free swim around the tank 2 one month only fry - swim in tank 4 Amano Shrimp
Scottish water website for some reason advises there is no data for my area! Strange! But I know Scottish water is soft and if I google water hardness for my area, it advises Soft with 25 parts per million calcium carbonate - if that helps
The test kit measure both NH3 and 4 combined so a way to test separate would be beneficial
The test kit expires 2023.
The day after my water change the reading is 0 then on 48 hours then 72 it’s 0.50 I’ve never let it go higher than this and have never let it go past 3 days with ammonia.
I’ve not had any loses and no one looks stressed and they’ve even had quite a few batches of fry.