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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone!
I just noticed that one of my orange platy acting very strange, he just sits at the bottom of the tank, he got red patches all over his body and his gills are white. Can anybody tell my what disease is it?

Here's some picture of the fish, I took him out of the tank just in case the disease is contagious.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 12:02 AM
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Cant tell from looking at just the picture. What you see on fish could be secondary to another cause.
Need more information:
What are your water parameters: ammonia, nitrite, nitrate.
What size tank? What other fish in tank and what numbers?
Is the tank cycled? When was it set up?
When was the last time added fish to tank?
Did you notice any other symptoms of this fish being sick or just noticed it now?
Any other fish deaths within last 6 weeks?

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The tank was set up about 5 months ago and running a used sponge filter from my shrimp tank and an external top filter.
I don't have any water test kit because it's so expensive right here, but i believe my plants and filters should do the job and I do 20% water change every 4 days

I got 30 gal heavily planted tank
Current fish atm :
4 corydoras
7 cardinal tetras
4 bloodfin tetras
3 ember tetras
12 neon tetras
6 guppies
7 platy (including the sick one)
20 cherry shrimp
5 nerite snails

Well, 2 weeks ago i added the neons and 2 of them died from neon tetra disease. One of my guppies have a pretty similar symptoms excluding the red patches about a month ago.
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You have a very high bio-load of fish with the live-bearers. There may or may not be an issue with water quality- you really dont know without doing water tests. If you can, I would at least get an ammonia test to make sure your bio-filter is keeping up with the bio-load in the aquarium.

In the interim, I would up your water change volume weekly to eliminate any possibility that deteriorating water quality is an underlying cause.

Besides the white gills and reddened areas on skin- any other symptoms?
How quickly did the neon's die after putting in tank?


These are the symptoms of Neon tetra disease:



Restlessness
Fish begins to lose coloration
As cysts develop, the body may become lumpy ( a common symptom will see in this disease)
Fish has difficulty swimming
In advanced cases, the spine may become curved
Secondary infections such as fin rot and bloating

180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer pair /Stendker "Tefe" discus and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech w/ Wild Tucano tetras
30 g. low-tech African Biotope
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No, those are the only symptoms as far as i can tell. The neon dies about a week later after i added them, day 6 was when i noticed those symptoms and without a doubt it was the neon tetra disease.
I thought plants would let me get away with overstocking lol.
Do 30% per 4 days sounds good? Or should i just move some of the fish to my 30g shrimp tank?
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Oh, okay- was hoping it was not neon tetra disease as there is no cure.

Yes, I would more the live-bearers to their own tank.

180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer pair /Stendker "Tefe" discus and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech w/ Wild Tucano tetras
30 g. low-tech African Biotope
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