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Postby Tom » Sat Jun 23, 2007 2:21 pm

I bought 5 platy's about two weeks ago and for some reason 1 of the platy's stays in a corner by the wall and the filter. Is this normal?
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Postby krekra » Sat Jun 23, 2007 2:26 pm

Hi Tom and welcome to the forum

well what your descibing is self protective behavior and can be a symptom of the fish feeling threatened, vulnerable or ill. Can you give us a little more info so we can help you sort it out.

Hw big is the tank LxWxH
How many and what types of fish have you got including the platys
Whats your male to female ratio of the platys
How long has your tank been up and running

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Postby Tom » Sat Jun 23, 2007 2:32 pm

Thanks krekra
My tank is 60cm x 30cm x 30cm.
My tank was up and running 4 weeks ago today
In my tank I have 2 dwarf frogs, 2 shrimp and 2 bluespot corydoras (i think there called)
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Postby Tom » Sat Jun 23, 2007 2:33 pm

p.s. im not sure on the number of males and females
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Postby Tigerhair » Sat Jun 23, 2007 2:35 pm

Hi Tom, welcome :D
When did you add the fish and how did you cycle your tank?
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Postby Tom » Sat Jun 23, 2007 2:38 pm

I added my Platy's 2 weeks ago
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Postby krekra » Sat Jun 23, 2007 2:43 pm

If your tank has only been running for 4 weeks there is a chance that it hasent gone through the full nitrogen cycle yet...so your fish may be getting exposed to toxic levels of ammonia/ nitrites. If a fish is already stressed then they will not be able to cope well with this Have a read here

http://www.thetropicaltank.co.uk/cycling.htm

It would be a good idea to get a good liquid reagent test kit if you dont already have one. If you do test the water for Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates and PH and post the results for us.

also if you managed to get all males and one female she may just be overwhelmed. They breed like mad!!
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Postby Tigerhair » Sat Jun 23, 2007 2:48 pm

krekra wrote:also if you managed to get all males and one female she may just be overwhelmed. They breed like mad!!


The poor dear! :lol:
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Postby Tom » Sat Jun 23, 2007 2:49 pm

I used a product called nutrafin cycle which is supost to speed up the cycle and when i bought the fish i took a sample to the shop with and thet said it was fine but i'll test the water and give the results tommorow
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Postby Tigerhair » Sat Jun 23, 2007 2:50 pm

Thanks Tom :)
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Postby krekra » Sat Jun 23, 2007 2:51 pm

All those quick fix cycling products really havent been show to do a whole lot. I think if you got them fresh and they had been fridged they might be OK but I never trust a quick fix. When you go to the fish store invest in an API master test kit. It will pay for itself in the petrol saved alone :lol:
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Postby krekra » Sat Jun 23, 2007 2:56 pm

In the mean time it might be good to make sure that he/she has lots of cover....ie plants and such so he/she doesnt feel too exposed.

If you havent done a water change in a while then I would do a nice 15% water change with same temp dechloinated water tonight just to be on the safe side.
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