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    Hello,
    I recently posted a thread about sick cory cats and platies acting odd. With the help of people on this website I think I know what was going on. I was using ph down to drop my tap water ph every time I did a water change. I am pretty sure you guys were right that ph down was causing the ph to fluctuate and then stressing out the cory cats.

    This was probably also the reason whey the platies were sick. I have stopped treating the tap water with ph down and only used the declorinator. The only fish that have died since I stopped using ph down have been ones that were already sick. Everyone in the tank currently looks healthy.

    The sick platies seemed to have swim balance issues, got very skinny and had white stringy poop.

    Some of the platies that currently look healthy have white stringy poop and occasionally rub up against things like they are itchy. Is this normal or do you think they are becoming sick like the other ones.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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    Sounds to me like intestinal parasites\protozoa due to stress from pH fluctuation. Treatment is with metronidazole in the form of medicated flakes.

    http://www.angelsplus.com/FlakeMedProto.htm

    Make sure that your water parameters are very good and the water is clean.You may also need to raise the tank temperature a bit.

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    Agree with Taurus. My own experiences with the livebearer disease make me doubt that it can be cured that easily. I'd euthanize the fish that aren't eating and feed medicated flakes to the rest.

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    While you wait for the flakes to come in, check out your fish store and look for API General Cure or Tetra Parasite Guard, and treat the water. You won't find these medications at Petco or PetSmart.

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    Hello,
    It has been a couple weeks and I have treated the fish with API General Cure and given them medicated fish flakes. Six fish have died. All the platies in the tank currently look healthy.

    If the platies still look healthy but have white stringy poop should I treat them again or just wait and see what happens?

    I was thinking I would just do another treatment of the medicated flakes.


    Thank you,
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    If you have fed them for 1 week with medicated metro flakes, then you don't need to keep feeding them the medicated flakes.

    Did you do the max treatment for API General Cure?

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    Make sure they're actually eating the flakes (vs. grabbing them, chewing and eventually spitting out). Fish don't seem to like the taste of metronidazole. It helps if you feed the medicated flakes exclusively and/or starve them for a few days before feeding.

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    I did the full treatment of General Cure. The fish have no problem eating the flakes. Other then feeding the pleco one algae wafer I feed them only the medicated flakes over the 6 day treatment.

    I think I will let them have regular food for a week or so and them treat them with the medicated flakes again.

    Any thoughts?

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