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  1. Question Help! My platy died!

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    My Platy unfortunately died this morning. I have 3 Platies now, all are male. Im not sure whether he died because he was sick or the other males killed him at night. All 4 were purchased yesterday. Today I will swap 2 for 2 females then buy 1 female then I will have 3 females and 1 male.

    This is my first tank and want to get it right. My tank is 16L.

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    Welcome to the Aquatic Community Forum. Did you cycle the tank? When did you add the water & fish? Tell us a little bit about your tank and we will be able to help you.
    The only thing that happens fast in this hobby is a catastrophe.

    20 Gal L cycled. 4 FT Guppies, 8 Cardinal Tetras, 2 Cory Cats & 1 Pleco.
    5 1/2 Gal Quarantine Tank..

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    I just got the tank and fish yesterday. Today I will cycle the tank with some water I left to de-chlorinate.

    Tank: 4.6 Gallons max water
    2 fake bushy plants
    Bare floor

    I have the gravel but I will cycle the tank first then was the new gravel then i will add the gravel.

    I was looking at one of my red platy and it looks like the back tail has a bit nibbed off, maybe there was some aggression or maybe it was from the store.

    It's still morning here but when my parents wake up I'l tell them if we can pop in the store to trade 2 males for 2 females.

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    Welcome to ac! :) you have come to the right place.
    Check out these two threads they will show you how to cycle your tank. Does your tank have a heater? Platys need the water to be around 76 degree F.
    Last edited by Nautilus291; 01-09-2015 at 06:52 AM.

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    I don't need a heater since the room temperature is already 25-30 degree C.

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    You fish probably died from too much ammonia in the tank from the fishes poo and pee, since it isn't cycled and the good bacteria haven't had enough time to show up. If I were you I would take all of your fish back and do a fishless cycle because it is alot easier and less stressful on you and the fish. I would do a 50 to 80% water change to get some of the ammonia out of the tank to help out your other fish. Just make sure you use the de chlorinate and the water your adding to the tank is close to the same temperature as the water in the tank. If you decided to cycle the tank with fish in it you will have to do water changes every day to keep the ammonia levels down so they don't kill the fish.

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    But the water is only 4 days old???
    Anyway I will put the fish in another smaller tank then do the fishless cycle. At the moment the remaining 3 fishes seem calm, I think they are still sleeping.

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    That tank (4.6g) is also really too small for 4 platys, especially if you add both sexes. They will quickly breed and over-populate the tank even more.

    If you can, return the fish you now have as suggested by Nautilus291 and cycle the tank without any fish at all. Then maybe consider a couple of endler guppies - both male, or both female. These breed easily also so if you mix the sexes, you will again over-populate the tank.

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    Yes as suggested above by Nautilus and SueD, cycling the tank using fishless cycle is safest for the fish, too many fish in tank. If you don't like guppies a tank that size is good for a beta and snail or two, or some shrimp and snails.

    What kind of filter do you have?

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