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Old 06-28-2012, 11:32 AM   #1 
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Early Swim Bladder Disorder?

Housing
What size is your tank? 15 gallons
What temperature is your tank? ~80
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates? Two other female platys

Food
What type of food do you feed your fish? I mix it up between tropical flakes, crisps, and bloodworms (about twice a week)
How often do you feed your fish? Once a day, fast on fridays

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? ~25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime Water Conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:0
Nitrite:0
Nitrate:10
pH:9.0 (Yeah, I know it's high, but that's what my aged tap water is. It's from a community well)
Hardness:N/A
Alkalinity:N/A

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your fish's appearance changed? It hasn't
How has your fish's behavior changed? I noticed that she swims a bit sideways every now and then. She also hides
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? None
Does your fish have any history of being ill? N/A
How old is your fish (approximately)? 3-4 Months?

I just bought her two days ago, so I'm not sure about health history. For the most part she swims normally, but she occasionally turns to the side while she's swimming. Is this early SBD? She doesn't have any bloating. She's also been hiding more than the other girls (one I've had for awhile, the other one came home yesterday) but I didn't think anything of it, since she's new and adjusting to her new home. But now that I see her swimming a bit odd, I'm worried. Any suggestions? I took a video of her swimming on my phone, I'll post it when I figure out how to send it to my computer Thanks in advance!!
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:26 PM   #2 
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So the good news is, I got the video on my computer! But the bad news is, it's an MP4 so I can't upload it. I have to head out to work, so I"ll play around with it when I get home. I'll try YouTube or PhotoBucket
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:03 PM   #3 
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Here's the link to the video. She's the Blue Mickey Mouse platy. She's swimming fine in the beginning, but does the sideways thing about 14 seconds in.

http://s1070.photobucket.com/albums/u486/fishfanatic07/?action=viewĄt=2012-06-28_11-15-27_92.mp4
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:23 AM   #4 
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It almost looks like she's being blown away. Could it be that your filter's current is too strong? My betta did the same thing before he got used to the filter in his tank.


I'm new to platies too!! I got 2 females the other day. :)
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:17 PM   #5 
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I don't think the current is too strong, I think it's mostly at the surface in the middle of the tank. I still like that idea though, maybe she's just not used to it? I'll keep an eye on her for the next couple days and see if it gets any better. She's been hanging with the other girls more today, so I think that's a good sign Thanks!

So far I love platys! They have such cute little, spunky personalities!
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:48 AM   #6 
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I love mine!! Too bad I don't have the room for more than a pair. ;(
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