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mart
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PostPosted: 2006.12.18(Mon)9:19    Post subject: Platy looking ill? Reply with quote

I have a 70 litre Tank with two platys.
One has started not feeding and is either huddled up in a corner or stays just above the pump where it continously gets ousted by the other (healthy) one.
I've checked pH - 7.2, NH3/NH4+ zero and only nitrites were above zero but "critical".
I've carried out a couple of 10-15 litre water changes.
This platy has been with me for over 18 months do you think it might just be old?
How long should I expect them to live?
Hope someone can shed a bit of light on it for me thanks
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PostPosted: 2006.12.20(Wed)14:15    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

Thanks a lot for your advice
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PostPosted: 2006.12.20(Wed)14:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.aquahobby.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=453

See if it has any of theese symptoms. I do not own platties so I can't help you a lot.
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PostPosted: 2006.12.20(Wed)14:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Average life span for a Platy is 3 to 5 years, So doubt it's old age, hope you can figure out whats wrong with him.
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PostPosted: 2006.12.21(Thu)10:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, she must have been about 2
She got better the day before yeaterday but yesterday afternoon when I came back home was swimming erratically then flaked out and died. She seemed a wee bit bloated. I inspected the body but couldn't find anything untoward. Over a year and a half 3 have died in almost the same way.
Could it be the hot weather, as these things invariably happen when the air temperature rises?
I deliberately chose not to have many fish to increase their chances of survival and because platys are such characters that you get used to them as individuals.
Thanks for any suggestions
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PostPosted: 2007.01.27(Sat)16:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

What kind of filter would you recomend for a 10 gallon tank, should I get rid of the biological filter?
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PostPosted: 2007.01.27(Sat)17:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are three types of basic filtration.

Mechanical; this just takes particles out of the water.

Chemical; this is normally active carbon and is used to take out medications etc (Only really needed when needed)

Biological; this is the most important type of filtration, it is the build up of bacteria in our filters (And on the substrate, glass, plants etc) that allow us to keep fish on a long term basis, without doing daily large water changes. It is the build up and keeping of this bacteria that is what we call cycling (From the Nitrogen cycle).

Most biological filters will also do mechanical at the same time.

I would have a read of the articles page:

http://www.aquahobby.com/e_articles.php

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