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    Unhappy Platy Illness

    My one fish has been swimming upside-down and laying lethargic on the bottom of the tank. This occurred suddenly. Previous to this behaviour, my fish was "alright." Over a month ago, I accidentally bumped her with the breeding box. She has swam funny ever since then. Suddenly, she has been acting horribly. Is this a strange disease or do you think she is dying from the bump she received months ago?
    29 gallon high
    -2 Mickey Mouse platies, 2 Dalmatian mollies, 3 bleeding heart tetras, 4 serpae tetras, 1 corydora catfish, 1 upside down catfish, Twiki (<3)
    -sword plant x4, water wisteria, java moss

    20 gallon long
    -empty and in need of supplies!
    -hoping to convert 5 gallon to ADF/betta community

    5 gallon long
    -Veiltail betta, Florence and a Mystery Snail, Jojo
    -anacharis, water wisteria, java moss

    Rest in peace, Finn.

    As of 10/6/10

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    I'm about to do a weekly water change, so I tested the parameters.

    Ammonia/Nitrate: 0 ppm
    Nitrite: < .3 mg/L
    29 gallon high
    -2 Mickey Mouse platies, 2 Dalmatian mollies, 3 bleeding heart tetras, 4 serpae tetras, 1 corydora catfish, 1 upside down catfish, Twiki (<3)
    -sword plant x4, water wisteria, java moss

    20 gallon long
    -empty and in need of supplies!
    -hoping to convert 5 gallon to ADF/betta community

    5 gallon long
    -Veiltail betta, Florence and a Mystery Snail, Jojo
    -anacharis, water wisteria, java moss

    Rest in peace, Finn.

    As of 10/6/10

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    it sounds like when you bumped her you could have done something to her bladder. fish use their bladder to swim upright and if it moves inside their body they will swim upside down and flail about to try and correct it. It can eventually kill the fish if they dont fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littletankbigworld View Post
    I'm about to do a weekly water change, so I tested the parameters.

    Ammonia/Nitrate: 0 ppm
    Nitrite: < .3 mg/L
    If you have no nitrate, sounds like the tank is not cycled yet.

    Nitrites are a problem for all fish, even in small amounts. I'd do a large water change or overdose PRIME to detoxify it. Might not be causing the problem with the fish, but could be contributing to the issue.
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    It's been cycled for 7 months.
    29 gallon high
    -2 Mickey Mouse platies, 2 Dalmatian mollies, 3 bleeding heart tetras, 4 serpae tetras, 1 corydora catfish, 1 upside down catfish, Twiki (<3)
    -sword plant x4, water wisteria, java moss

    20 gallon long
    -empty and in need of supplies!
    -hoping to convert 5 gallon to ADF/betta community

    5 gallon long
    -Veiltail betta, Florence and a Mystery Snail, Jojo
    -anacharis, water wisteria, java moss

    Rest in peace, Finn.

    As of 10/6/10

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    Also, I did a fishless cycle with ammonia and then gradually added fish. Perhaps I read the reading wrong? Or didn't wait long enough before reading the results?
    29 gallon high
    -2 Mickey Mouse platies, 2 Dalmatian mollies, 3 bleeding heart tetras, 4 serpae tetras, 1 corydora catfish, 1 upside down catfish, Twiki (<3)
    -sword plant x4, water wisteria, java moss

    20 gallon long
    -empty and in need of supplies!
    -hoping to convert 5 gallon to ADF/betta community

    5 gallon long
    -Veiltail betta, Florence and a Mystery Snail, Jojo
    -anacharis, water wisteria, java moss

    Rest in peace, Finn.

    As of 10/6/10

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    Quote Originally Posted by littletankbigworld View Post
    Also, I did a fishless cycle with ammonia and then gradually added fish. Perhaps I read the reading wrong? Or didn't wait long enough before reading the results?
    I'd redo the tests if I were you. Very unusal to have a zero for nitrate on a CYCLED tank.

    If you are doing liquid tests, re-read the nitrate instructions. They can be confusing on some kits.
    Just my 2cents,
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    I will re-do the tests as soon as I get a spare minute.
    29 gallon high
    -2 Mickey Mouse platies, 2 Dalmatian mollies, 3 bleeding heart tetras, 4 serpae tetras, 1 corydora catfish, 1 upside down catfish, Twiki (<3)
    -sword plant x4, water wisteria, java moss

    20 gallon long
    -empty and in need of supplies!
    -hoping to convert 5 gallon to ADF/betta community

    5 gallon long
    -Veiltail betta, Florence and a Mystery Snail, Jojo
    -anacharis, water wisteria, java moss

    Rest in peace, Finn.

    As of 10/6/10

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