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Old 01-09-2010, 09:58 AM   #11
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has anyone got any opinions on getting the pygmy cories (see one of my posts above?)
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:05 AM   #12
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I think adding pygmy cories would be fine, since they are bottom feeders and you don't have any others, 5 would be a good number.

How are your fish?
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:17 AM   #13
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um... i think they are fine...
i havn't seen flashing, so hopefully it has either decreased or stopped altogether.
going to keep an eye on them though and continue regular water changes.

thanks so much for your help!

my aquarium is now at 25 degrees C, is this the optimum temp?
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Old 01-16-2010, 06:53 AM   #14
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well, a week and 3 relatively large water changes later...
the largest platy is still flashing regularly, and generally behaving in a skittish manner. if he is still flashing, i assume the others are also doing it occasionally, even though he was always the worst by far.
in every other way all the fish look healthy (hungry, accept all foods, active, bright and colourful).
who knows, i am at a loss.

just going to continue to ensure they have lots of clean water... not much else to do really!
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:27 AM   #15
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update - more help needed please!

hi,
so after 2 weeks of water cahnges every 2-3 days, my platies are still flaching and flicking like there's no tomorrow. guppies still seem to be showing no signs of discomfort. all eating and swimming well, but the platies seem agitated and restless.
i have been looking at the worst 1 of the 2, and possible some red/irritated patches on his skin on the top of the head (hard to tell though, as he is lots of different colours, including red).
i gradually reasied the temp, its now 26 C, no noticable effect.
i am guessing by this stage it is not ick, but sill think something is wrong.
any suggestions welcome.
the platies don't seem to have a smooth, slime coated body. looksa course. not sure if it's just my imagination though, have been studying them so much!

so guess i want to put some antibacterial treatment in?
if i do, will it affect the dwarf cories?

thanks in advance.
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:44 AM   #16
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Are you able to get Melafix or Pimafix there? You could possibly try that, and it is fine for all fish, since it's all natural.
I wish you luck!
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Old 01-22-2010, 07:22 AM   #17
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yep i have some melafix, will try some of that.
thanks!
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Since you aren't seeing any white spots have you looked for a faint gold dust appearance of the fish? To me it sounds like velvet. If it is velvet treat like you would do ich but velvet needs light to reproduce.
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hm, ok, have read about velvet, and will look closely when i get home. so should i go with melafix or white-spot disease treatment?
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Velvet is a parasite so go with a good parasite medicine if it is velvet. The easiest way I have found to check is with all lights out and a flashlight. I have only had it on a betta in all the years I have kept fish, it wasn't that bad of a case so I was able to treat it with blackout and water changes.
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