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Old 02-17-2020, 02:28 PM   #1
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Mickey mouse platy laying on side

Hello everyone! I have a Mickey Mouse platy and for about 4-5 days he (i think it's a boy) has been kind of tilted/laying on the bottom of the tank. He will swim every now and then but always ends up hiding in a corner laying down. While he's laying, he is still moving his fins and breathing normal. He also hasn't been eating. I tried peas, but he won't eat it either.
I've been fighting high ammonia for about 2 weeks (I have another thread on it) doing water changes, ammo-lock, adding live plants, etc. with no change, but his tank mates aren't showing any signs of problems (a molly and 2 danios).
Could this be a result of the ammonia? Or is there anything else I can do for him?

PH- between 7.2-7.6
Nitrate - 0
Nitrite - 0
Ammonia - 2.0
Temp - 76
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Old 02-17-2020, 04:25 PM   #2
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Is your tank cycled? How big is the tank? What is your weekly water change schedule?
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Is your tank cycled? How big is the tank? What is your weekly water change schedule?
It wasn't cycled before I added the fish. Someone told me that the ammonia spike I'm currently having could be to it going through the cycling process now. It's a 10 gallon tank. When I first experienced the spike, I did a 50% water change, still high so I did a 30%, a couple days after did a 20%. I've only done a 20% water change once a week since then (that Saturday and this past Saturday).
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If youíre cycling thatís likely your problem. You need to be testing daily and probably water changing daily or every other day until cycled.

What are your water parameters right now?
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