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I have 2 platys in a 10 gallon tank, both females. I just got back from a week long vacation and had a friend wa t king them and they seemed fine but now my green lantern platy (pluto) seems lethargic and looked like her gills were red ish. I am worried any ideas?
 

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Red gills could be either high ammonia levels, or sometimes gill flukes. Try doing a 30%-40% water change, and see if anything changes in the next few days.
 

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Test your water and find out the parameters
 

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So the fish died and my thought is it might be my ph? Everything else is exactly were it should be but my Ph is around 7.5. How can I fix this?
 

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I'm pretty sure your ph is fine as long as it remains at 7.5 all the time and doesn't fluctuate.
 
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It does go down to around 7.2 at times but usually stays around there. My ammonia and nitrites are 0 and my nitrates (last time I checked before a water change after vacation for s week) was 10ppm but followed with a water change. My platy was doing fine! I went to work for 2 hours and came home to him dead.
 

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It shouldn't fluctuate. Is there any way you can take your water to the store and get them to test the GH and KH?
 
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My LFS is a pet co so possibly? Not even sure what those are though
 
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GH & KH stand for General Hardness & Carbonate Hardness. These are measurements of how hard your water is. A low KH will make your pH levels more susceptible to change, where water with a higher KH will be less susceptible to change.
 

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Petco might, though I would call ahead and ask before you make the trek. In addition to trying to figure out the fluctuation, I wanted to see if your GH was too low for the platies. Platies are hard water fish and won't thrive in water that's too soft.
 
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