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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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help, please??!

My platys are dropping fast. With my research it seems to be livebearers disease. Does anyone know how to up the electrolytes and mineral content in a tank? I have a high quality salt but am hesitant to use it.. i also have 2 wormy guys in the tank. They seem unaffected, this has happened to all the plattys and mollies ive had..Tia!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 06:56 PM
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I replied on your other thread but now I know why you were asking. There are special 'conditioning salts' that are intended for use with livebearers but it seems like other people just use normal aquarium salt.

Most livebearers do like harder water, so adding crushed coral to your filter can also help to raise the hardness and pH of the water. While it can take a little while for it to have an effect, it is often much safer for the fish than some products that only work temporarily.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Well, ill have some on hand if i get more. I'm pretty bummed that no one at the pet store said anything about it.. i was a bit frantic earlier when i posted twice and have since realized she's gonna die. Its sad but ill know for next time. Thank you for your help!
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