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Abbiesaurus
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Help with pH and new fish
« on: January 14, 2011, 01:52:29 AM »

So I got two cute little platies of a lady whom was kind enough to give them away because she didn't want them anymore.
My concern is that they are currently in a pH of 6.4 and the tank I am moving them into has a pH of 7.2 Undecided

Do I just need to tip some of my tank water into their container? And keep adding more gradually until he pH is the same?
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2011, 05:09:29 AM »

Yes, that would be the least stressful for them! Smiley
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2011, 05:55:20 AM »

It would be a waste of time to do so since it would take a few hours for the fish to adjust to the change anyway, rather just float the bag to let the temperatures stabilize and then let them out Smiley
Platies are very hardy fish so they should be fine! Smiley

IF you would keep them in the container for several hours, it might help but... it would take much longer and be more trouble for you. While I'm pretty sure the fish wouldn't really care.
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2011, 06:51:58 AM »

Ok so I ended up adding some tank water into the container and then floating it on top of the tank to adjust to the temperature change. They are doing fine Smiley Thanks!
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2011, 07:08:53 AM »

I think that is the best way to do it!!
Congrats on your new babies!!
You'll have to post pix soon! Smiley
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2011, 07:51:51 AM »

Hehe yes I will. They are the first additions to my new tropical tank Smiley
One is a sunset platy and the other is a red wag platy. They are both males, so no breeding for them lol.
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2011, 08:46:40 AM »

Congratz on your new babies! 
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2011, 10:28:28 AM »

Thanks Bel Smiley
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2011, 04:37:29 PM »

I don't think you posted any pics of your tropical tank, it'd be great to see some pics of the setup in general!! Smiley
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2011, 05:58:04 PM »

congrats Abbie Grin
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2011, 06:10:31 PM »

Congulutions! Abbie.
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2011, 07:56:56 PM »

Yeah I will post pics of the setup. It is plantless at the moment so it looks rather boring lol. I also need to find some nice pieces of driftwood Cheesy
The tank is the exact same one that Hanna has for her community tropical tank (it was on sale and I couldn't resist Smiley)

Thanks everyone. 
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2011, 03:58:38 AM »

Introducing Sunset and Lava Smiley
It was hard to take a decent photo of them because they wouldn't stop moving! Angry
The tank is empty atm so it looks pretty lame haha.

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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2011, 04:04:14 AM »

That's a platy and a swordtail, look at the shape of their bodies, the sword tails have longer bodies Smiley But this is a female since she's missing the sword Cheesy

Look at the resemblance:
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Platies have much shorter and compact bodies and fins Smiley

Did the lady tell you their gender, or did you check yourself?
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2011, 04:19:14 AM »

I see the difference.
Eek this means they can have babies now hey? Oh well lol.

Nah I didn't check, she just brought them in a container for me and before hand she said that they were both males.
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2011, 04:55:07 AM »

Hey Abbie, this is exciting, woohoo, we couldn't resist either when we bought our tank, lol.
Which store did you get it from? Petbarn? Petstock? They always have great deals.
CONGRATULATIONS to your new fishies. I like their names, they are beautiful platys.

Nossie, they both are platys  Wink
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2011, 05:10:06 AM »

I actually bought it from a local store called 'Hunter Pets' which I have only just recently discovered thanks to a member on an Australian fish forum Smiley
It was $400 for the tank and stand which I thought was a pretty good Wink
Hunter pets is reallyyyy good though. They have a 'finatics' club lol and for every $100 you spend you get $5 store credit and you also get special members offers Smiley

Thanks Hanna! Hopefully there will be more new additions to the tank next week! Smiley
 
 
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2011, 05:21:19 AM »

Hahahaha, " Finatics" LOL, Rofl, I love this Grin.... like the Aquaholics here @ the Sunshine Coast.
Yeah, sometimes it pys off to be a member Wink

Looking forward to seeing your new scaly gang, lol Wink
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2011, 05:30:38 AM »

It definitely does pay to be a member Wink

So you think they are both platies Hanna?
That wasn't a very clear photo. I will take some more so you can both have a better look Smiley
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2011, 05:57:52 AM »

Lava just never keeps still Angry
Anyway, these photos are a bit clearer.
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2011, 05:59:19 AM »

According to this website they are both males...but let me know what ya'll think Smiley
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2011, 06:10:09 AM »

They're bueatiful!
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« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2011, 07:11:07 AM »

Thanks fantailer Wink
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #23 on: January 15, 2011, 01:06:00 PM »

They are two gorgeous male platies!! Haha they need some g/f's! Grin
I love the names!
Are you going to get some live plants?
A bare tank isn't lame it's just a little ...um...boring? LOL! Wink
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2011, 03:25:57 PM »

Oh my they are so pretty!!! Gorgeous colours  Grin Love their names too
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #25 on: January 15, 2011, 05:45:41 PM »

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It definitely does pay to be a member Wink

So you think they are both platies Hanna?
That wasn't a very clear photo. I will take some more so you can both have a better look Smiley

Lol, I don't only think so, I am positive, got this type of platys by myself.
And if you can see the gonopodium, the anal fin like a stick, close to the body, then they are males. The female anal fin is like a triangle.
Sunset, the golden one is definitely a male. If Lava's anal fin looks the same  (which I think it does, but cannot make it out clearly)
he's a male too Wink
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #26 on: January 15, 2011, 06:30:28 PM »

I just had another look and yep they are definitely both males then.
I don't think they are going to be getting any girlfriends...Unless they can promise me that there will be no monkey business lol Wink

I am getting some live plants this week and also some driftwood and rocks. I didn't intend on adding any fish until I had decorated the tank but I was planning on getting some platys anyway, so I thought aw why not give these two little guys a home? Smiley


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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #27 on: January 16, 2011, 03:46:03 AM »

In case you get females, there WILL be monkey business all the time... like rabbits, lol
Poor boys... no fun... but maybe they are gay? hahahaha

They will love their new home Wink
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #28 on: January 16, 2011, 06:01:35 AM »

Yeah, they're definitely males Smiley And then it's impossible that the black-tailed one would be a swordbearer, since those males always have that extra growth on the tail. Sorry if I worried you, I couldn't see the gonopodium on him on the first pic, so I wasn't sure Wink

But yes, they usually inter-breed if platies and swordtails are kept in the same tank! Cheesy Which may or may not turn out weird...
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Re: Help with pH and new fish
« Reply #29 on: January 16, 2011, 06:26:05 AM »

Hanna I disagree at my age I'd rather not live with girls that aren,t related to me.

But of course you are talking about fish Cheesy
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