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Old 06-29-2011, 07:34 AM   #1 
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Platy Help?

I know it's not a betta but I love this forum and it's been informative for me in the past so perhaps someone might have some suggestions for what to do for my little platy girl.

I have a 10 gallon tank with 5 platys in it. Last night, one mysteriously disappeared from the tank. I tore it apart looking for her and finally found her lying on her side almost under one of the decorations. I have no idea how the heck she got under it but she was.

I took her out and put her in a 1 gallon over night and added AQ salt to both the big tank and her QT 1 gal. I was almost sure she was going to die but she pulled through and is doing surprisingly well this morning, though from about half an inch in from her tail it looks like her scales are faded out in color and her tail fin itself looks very ragged. She doesn't really do anything but float here and there and then lay on the bottom... but I'm not giving up!

Anyone have any ideas what I can do to help her?

As for water parameters, I tested it last night.
<.25 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 0 nitrate, 7.6 PH

Fairly sure it has nothing to do with water quality.
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:53 AM   #2 
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I used to have platys (a year ago), I was new at the hobby then, so I didn't know how to care for them. I had a similar problem. I had 3 female platys, and the biggest one would bully the smallest one. So maybe the platys are bullying each other? That would explain the damaged fins.
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:14 AM   #3 
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Could you get a picture? We have platies in our 40g. Have treated a few diseases with mollies and guppies that had to do with white scales and messed up fins that it could be anything by that.
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She looks dead and barely moves, but she still wiggles when you come near her with a net or a current gets her going. Poor girl. :(
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:44 PM   #5 
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I'm actually fairly certain this is columnaris and I've begun treating the tank with antibiotics.

I don't think it will save this girl though. :(
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:44 PM   #6 
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Looks like what we just went through with the guppies. We lost most of them due to it.
We were able to clear the rest of the tank and a molly by using salt and Maradel Maracyn Two.
http://www.amazon.com/Mardel-Maracyn.../dp/B000GZ4SWU

It looks like shes starting to get a red spot? One guppy female looked like her side was opening and doing that before she passed. I did look up the disease name but I've forgotten it by now.. going to see if I can find it again.
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columnaris
There's the word.
That's what it looks like it is - and what we had to fight off.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:00 PM   #8 
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There's the word.
That's what it looks like it is - and what we had to fight off.
The fish in the picture died unfortunately... I'm hoping the rest of the tank doesn't give me that much of an uphill battle to keep illness free. :(
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