Platy With Small Hole In Tail And Breathing Heavily

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I have 4 male platies and some endlers in a 10 gallon and they've been completely fine for about 2 months but lately, one of them has been breathing heavily at the surface and his tail seems a little messed up and has a white-ish tint around the hole. He occasionally swims around and he'll eat just fine along with the others when I feed the rest of them but the majority of the time he sits relatively motionless at the top breathing heavily. Water Parameters are all in check and I'm just not sure what to I can do for the little guy. Any help would be greatly appreciated and thank you in advance.


here's the best picture I could get of him, he's the red one on the left. Notice the tiny hole in his tail.
 

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TexasDomer said:
Welcome to Fishlore!

Can you give us some more information?

Exact water parameters? Saying they're fine doesn't help. pH, temp, ammonia, nitrites, nitrates

How often do you do water changes, and how much do you change?

pH stays at 6.7 consistently,
Ammonia - 0ppm,
Nitrite - 0ppm,
Nitrate - 20ppm

Temperature is always between 75-78. I usually do about 3 water changes a week and I'll take about 25% out on every WC. I have an Aqueon Quietflow 10 and a sponge filter currently running in it.

Thank you for the welcome. = )
 

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I think it might be something to do with the pH - platies need hard water and a higher pH to thrive, and being in a pH and GH that's too low can make them more prone to health issues. I'd buffer the water, either with something like Seachem Equilibrium or with crushed coral or limestone (cheap from a landscaping store rather than an aquarium store).
 
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TexasDomer said:
I think it might be something to do with the pH - platies need hard water and a higher pH to thrive, and being in a pH and GH that's too low can make them more prone to health issues. I'd buffer the water, either with something like Seachem Equilibrium or with crushed coral or limestone (cheap from a landscaping store rather than an aquarium store).
Do you think it could be something like fin rot? The hole in his tail seems to be slowly getting a little bigger.

Thank you for the help, I really appreciate it.
 

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It could be fin rot, but your water quality isn't bad, other than the too low of pH (and likely GH). I'd increase your water changes to help him heal, and buffer the water as soon as possible.
 
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TexasDomer said:
It could be fin rot, but your water quality isn't bad, other than the too low of pH (and likely GH). I'd increase your water changes to help him heal, and buffer the water as soon as possible.

I'll definitely buffer the water as soon as possible, thank you for your help again. = )
 

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I kept my platies at a pH of 8.6 at all times.
 
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