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  • Posted on: 26/2 15:22
Re: Stocking #1
Just had a look and they might be a good shout.

Thanks


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  • Posted on: 26/2 15:15
Re: Male platy hounding brother #2
Ok thanks will give that a try.


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  • Posted on: 26/2 14:58
Re: Stocking #3
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!

They are all thriving thankfully

so I'm just working with what I've got.


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  • Posted on: 26/2 13:50
Stocking #4
Looking for stocking advice for my 65ltr female platy tank.

Currently have

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


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  • Posted on: 26/2 8:01
Re: Male platy hounding brother #5
Any advice for the bloat.

It goes down by the morning, however bloats right back up again after eating.

Epsom salt bath?


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  • Posted on: 25/2 14:38
Re: Male platy hounding brother #6
Thanks, I could try a bigger net this time and for longer.

Like you say if it has no effect, I'll need to try and re home him and that would be a real shame, but he's the only one breaching the peace.

I'll try the fish version of jail before going down this avenue.

Tricky to rehome though.


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  • Posted on: 25/2 12:13
Male platy hounding brother #7
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

Food
Spirulina flakes
Bug bites
Aquarian fish flakes
Frozen garlic brine shrimp

Used to put in shrimp pellets but the fish steel them so no point


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  • Posted on: 5/1 19:46
Re: Stuck in cycle with ammonia #8
Thanks very much for the information, I’ll give increasing the water hardness a go. I get on to reading up on it and do some digging around on the best method.

I did know about Platies needing harder water but was worried about higher PH affecting the toxicity of ammonia, do you know if is this correct?

I use microbe-lift nite out 2 to detoxify on the days inbetween water changes.

Do you think I should change my product to seachem prime and stability?


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  • Posted on: 5/1 14:50
Re: Stuck in cycle with ammonia #9
Thanks for your reply

Tap water has 0 nitrates

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.


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  • Posted on: 4/1 18:03
Stuck in cycle with ammonia #10
I’m a newbie and this tank has been running for four months and I’m still seeing ammonia readings and it’s not shifting. I do water changes every two days to bring the levels down.

Any help would be much appreciated.

65ltr
Filter one - interpet CF1
Filter two - fluval U2
4 female platy
A few plants
Two lumps of ocean rock

That’s it.

Have the API liquid test
Ammonia 0.50
PH 7.2
Everything else is 0 and has never moved

I use microbe lift products
Xtreme water conditioner
Special blend after each water change

I have another tank with 2 adult platy and 11 fry of all different ages and have never had any issues. Using the same products.

I’m out of ideas