jri4 is right - 5.5 gallon for 3 is at best close to overstocked, but it depends on your Platy's adult size.manda said:well, i dont go by the inch per gallon rule. its out dated and not the best way to tell in my opinion.
some things to consider is the fish size, activity, how much waste they produce, etc.
i am new to platies. I really dont know much about them, oviously they are not complicated fish because all of the caresheets i can find are very basic.
hoenstly just right now two of my platies dont seem happy. they are all young females so the are not crowded. i have had these fish for two days, and two of my platies are constanly swimming up and down the corner of the tank rubing their noses
this tank is not cycled, Biospira will be here tomorrow. but with only having them in it for two days i doubt that is why they are being wierd.
Actually, there are several ways to cycle a tank without adding fish...You can use ammonia, fish food, bio-spira.....At the risk of sounding rude, you came in asking for advice and people are trying to give it to you. It seems to me that you don't care for the answers you are receiving....As for the fish behavior, the reason they are swimming frantically is because they are reacting to the ammonia that is building in the tank. It will get worse before it gets better if you don't do something to counter the build up of toxic chemicals.manda said:the tank was running for a week before adding the fish.
cycles cant happen without a sorce of waste... so no there is no way it can go through a cycle before adding fish.
i know all about cycling. this makes my sixth tank that i have cycled. its my first time using biospira though! i decided against cycling with the platies.