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    One of my Platys has started to clamp her fins. Did some research on this site, and others and found one suggestion that keeps popping up. Use Melafix and Pimafix to medicate the fish with over the course of a week. Today is day one of doing that, was wondering if you guys may have any suggestions on what could have caused her to start clamping her fins?

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    What are your readings for ammonia, nitrIte, and nitrAte?

    How big is the tank, and how many fish are in it?
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    My tank is a 10 gallon tank. The filter that I am using is one of those Penguin Filters with the Bio-Wheel in it, and as far as it goes with the fish I have
    2 Gourmis
    5 neon tetras
    3 Platys
    a corydora catfish
    2 mystery snails

    The ammonia is at 0.25 ppm
    Ph is 7.0

    Going to have to get a test kit for the Nitrate and Nitrite

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    That's alot of fish and bioload for a tank that size.

    What kind of test kit are you using?...the paper strips aren't very accurate, you need one of these: https://www.apifishcare.com/product.php?id=580

    Ammonia should be zero, nothing more...how long has the tank been set up?...did you cycle the tank?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    That's alot of fish and bioload for a tank that size.

    What kind of test kit are you using?...the paper strips aren't very accurate, you need one of these: https://www.apifishcare.com/product.php?id=580

    Ammonia should be zero, nothing more...how long has the tank been set up?...did you cycle the tank?
    Also, when was the last water change (WC) and how often do you do them? Maybe you could do a 50% WC to help bring the ammonia level to zero.
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    I am using the API Freshwater Master Kit to test the tank, and the tank has been set up for over a year. I do weekly 25% water changes on the tank, and I did cycle the tank in the beginning.

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    A cycled tank will have 0 ammonia, unless something upset the bacterial colony that process the fish's waste, like cleaning the biomedia in chlorinated water.

    I recommend much larger water changes, 60% or more, and use a good conditioner like Seachem Prime.

    You may be in the midst of a fish-in cycle.
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    what do you mean a fish in cycle?
    Also, I tested the Nitrates and Nitrites and they are way too high. So I am going to do a 75% water change on the tank.

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    A fish-in cycle: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

    A cycled tank should have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrItes, and "some" nitrates...this tank is not cycled, probably causing discomfort to the fish and the fin clamping

    Do a large WC, and be sure to use a good water conditioner...Seachem Prime will render ammonia, nitrItes, and nitrAtes non-toxic for 24-48 hours, some other water conditioners do not take care of all three, but at least get some WC's done with the conditioner you have until you can get some Prime.

    You may have to do large WC's daily for a while...
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    Thanks for the information, I will go out in a little bit and get the Seachem Prime for my tank. The water conditioner that I have been using is the Tetra AquaSafe Plus. I am currently in the middle of a big water change at the moment.

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