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Tim Armstrong writes:
One of my platies is sick, and i can't figure why.
For the last couple of weeks she has been very in-active, just kinda resting
on the bottom, eating, but otherwise still, last night i saw her rubbing on
the bottom, and on plants.
The rubbing is the sure sign of some sort of parasite. How long have you
had this fish? Did you quarantine her before introducing her to your
display tank? Platies are real prown to the "shimies" (spelling?). Take a
good look at her from the side; Do you see a reflective sheen on her? If
so, then you know what you have. If not, the rubbing is still a good
indication of an external parasite. If you have removed her to a hospital
tank, try medicating with some Clout. It is an excellent medication and it
works fairly rapidly.
>My other question is concerning black (red) algae
What are your nutrient levels? Nitrate, Phosphate etc. What is your fish
load? How many fish and of what size to you have in your 10 gallon? I am
no expert on algae, in fact I have some of my own at the moment. I can
however point out to you the areas you need to look at, as I have done in my
own tanks. If you haven't already, buy yourself a good Nitrate and
Phosphate test kit (my choice is LaMotte, but hang on for the price tag!).
I would assume you will find these levels quite high.
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