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  1. M

    Molly sickness

    Hi everyone all help is appreciated! We have had our tank set up and running for nearly a year, we have mollies platies and a couple of plecs, Recently we got a couple more mollies and brought with them some sickness, We've now had about 7 die in just over a week From looking at forums the...
  2. C

    What should I put in my 10 gallon tank?

    hey guys :) I have just bought a 10 gallon tank after my betta died and I wanted to try something new. I'm looking for suggestions on how to stock it. At the minute I'm thinking about livebearers although I would only get males because I'm not wanting fry. Guppies? Platies? Mollies? Endlers...
  3. V

    So, one of my platies swims upside down sometimes

    I noticed that just now when my male platy was swimming away, he did like a flip. His body was upside down for a moment. So, he might have a swim bladder issue. Most of the time he swims normally but I've noticed occasionally he will flip upside down briefly. No idea why. It's not the filter...
  4. V

    Is she big enough to not get eaten or should I put her in the net?

    My platies had babies, idk if I want to keep them all but this is definitely one, I want to keep. Should I throw her in the breeder net for safety? I do have places for them to hide but despite this the fry are out in the open a lot. I would like her to free roam, so it doesn't slow her growth...
  5. V

    I'm thinking about getting shrimp

    There are many different types I could get. I've never owned any before. They would have to be compatible with my set up. I have platies in a 20 gallon with sand substrate, live plants, and a HOB filter. I'm afraid the platies could eat shrimp, but their babies swim right in front of them all...
  6. N

    Ich for 2 weeks

    On 1/21 I got 2 new Mollies. On 1/23 noticed ich on a Molly. A cory cat died on 1/28. The Ich is still in tank as of 2/4. Treating with Tetra Lifeguard since 1/30. Prior I used API Pimafix/Melafix and Imagitarium Parasite Remedy because I went to 2 stores and couldn’t find ich treatment and then...
  7. madireeder

    Platies mysteriously dying!!!

    The water quality in my tank is perfect, I test it frequently. Everything has been great otherwise but my platies keep dying! And very unexpectedly! I have two balloon mollies, I HAD two platies (now one), and 3 African Clawed Frogs (which i’m not very happy about because the pet store told me...
  8. foxgirl158

    Possible brand new tank

    Hello! My platies recently had fry, the first fry I've raised. As a result, I feel attached to them and I don't want to give them back to the fish store, so I'm trying to find homes for them with people I know. I think I've convinced my school librarian to set up a tank in the library, as long...
  9. Mollyforever

    4 mollies and 1 platy okay?

    Hello! I have 4 mollies ( 1male 3female) and one platy in my 20 tank. When i got the fish from the lfs, i found a very cute tiny red “molly” and it sorta looks like a platy to me. Ginger (the platy) doesn’t really get along with the other mollies. While other mollies get along she would...
  10. S

    What's wrong with my fish and what should I do?

    I have an 85l tank with approx. 9 guppies, 8 platies and a handful of tetras. I bought a platy last Sunday and as soon as it got into my tank, it went down to the bottom. I thought it was just heading to the plants for cover in an unfamiliar environment, but over the next few days, I noticed...
  11. L

    Ich or fungus?!

    I noticed one of my plates has white blobs all over her body. From looking at photos of ich I’d say these are bigger than the ‘grains of salt’ described. It’s only really visible when she’s right under the light. One of the other platies has some white on her tail. I’m about to go to the pet...
  12. S

    My fish just gave birth - what should I expect?

    Last Saturday, I got my first fish (platies). It turns out that the blue mickey mouse platy was pregnant and has now given birth. The other platies are twin bar and are smaller, but I’m sure could still eat the fry. I have lots of plants and dragon stone and I have seen some of the fry hiding in...
  13. April_ht

    Dead platy fish

    I used to have 9 platies (or platy) in a 70 litre tank with 2 Chinese Algae Eaters, sold as ‘Sucking catfish’. The two catfish and 4 of the platies were rehomed as there were too many males, leaving me with 3 females and 1 male. Soon after, I bought 6 (Golden) White Cloud Mountain Minnows as it...
  14. April_ht

    How many platys in 70 litres (18 US Gallons)?

    I’ve recently gotten a new 70 litre tank which has been cycled and fish were added in earlier today. I’ve got 9 platy fish, ranging from 1.5-2 inches, 5 males and 4 females and 2 small sucking catfish. I know the male to female ratio is off and I’m planning on getting rid of 3+ males soon, and I...
  15. P

    Keeping 1 plattyfish?

    Hi, I previously had 4 platyfish but I am now down to one. I have scoured the internet and there seems to be some conflicting advice about having just one platty, some saying it’s fine and some saying they need other fish. I know they aren’t schooling fish but are social. She seems to be okay...
  16. C

    Pregnant Platy

    I’ve recently purchased another female for my platy tank, and she’s very pregnant and the Gravid spot is extremely dark, any guess on when she will have them ?
  17. C

    Is my platty pregnant or just fat ??‍♀️

    Hey! Can anyone help, I’m not sure if my platy is just fat or is pregnant. Can anyone help? Thanks :)
  18. Falconwithaboxon

    Little Guy

    My tank has 4 orange(forget actual name lol) platies in it and one of them is much smaller than the rest, looking like he hadn't grown since I got him in August. The other platies would bully food away from him and I always felt bad for him. In the last week though, he has started to be super...
  19. A

    I'm not sure if my platies are pregnant?

    Hi! New platy owner here and I loveee them <3 Im not sure whether my two female platies in my community tank are pregnant. I got them on the 11th of October, and there's currently a male platy in my tank with them. I've done a bit of searching around the internet and can't really tell if my...
  20. Falconwithaboxon

    Lights Off

    So I have a 29 gallon tank and a few of my fish, my gouramis, platies, and mollies, always charge the glass when I turn my lights off. They are the only fish in my tank that do that so I'm just wondering if that's normal behavior for them. They've been doing that since I got the tank about 2...