I posted a topic about there being a bully platy in my tank, excluding a female from the group. Now the female has taken to hanging out around where the filter pours the water back into the tank. All my levels read fine so I'm worried that there's something wrong with her.
What should I do?
Is the water to hot or cold or maybe there isnt enough air in the tank. Or possibly using it for cover do you have any bushy plants in the tank she could use for cover. To test it move the filter down 6 inches and see if she moves with it. Test those for the moment an if she dont move with it, then a few of my answers are crossed off. Or maybe the the filter is way to strong for the tank is another possibility.
Your male platy sounds like he has caused you lots of problems, My advice would be to take it back to your local dealer and exchange for a different male, also this behaviour could be a sign of the male platy trying to mate, as platys will try and mate even when the female is pregnant so wait a while because your female could be pregnant (I'm not saying that she is cause im no expert) but pregnant fish usually are a bit more lethargic and shy, Also your female platy might be staying near the filter inlet because it creates a flow of water through her gills and something could be bothering her gills like maggots or anchor worm, I had the same problem with my telescope eye goldfish 4 months ago he would sit right near to the filter inlet. Hope this helped James
Thanks for your suggestions
Since last night she's moved away and is swimming now, still my little male chases her off from the group though and for this I'm worried that she'll get too stressed out. I've put loads of bushy plants in my tank the past couple of weeks for my shrimp to hide in as well as any bullied fish/potential fry, and I see she loves using them to hide too. I suppose I'm just worried that she'll get too stressed from being chased. He loves all the other platies I have in my tank, but not her. For instance a minute ago I just saw him dive from the other side of the tank just to chase her away.
I have thought about the potential breeding possibility, but at the same time when he chases her off he nips her tail and then swims back to his group fast as he can.
I suppose this is my own doing though, I did name him "Little Hitler" when I got him (he's a red wag, so he's got the little 'Hitler' mustache.)
I would take him back to the store, but I'veh ad him for about 2 weeks now and the return warrant has expired now. He wasn't doing this before, it's only gotten bad recently (after I've added a little fry and another male.)
I have a heater in the tank that stays at 78f constantly, so I wouldn't think it's too warm or cold..
Thank you guys, just trying to get second opinions on my little dilemma
The new male could be the problem also could the fry, he may see the other male as competition and want to prove his dominance by chasing off a female,secondly he may be protecting the fry as he may see her as a threat? Just a suggestion
<email> -bearers don't generally protect the fry; even the ones they created. They usually will want to eat them.
I'm sorry you're having such issues. How many platies do you have in the tank? Are they all the same kind?
I'm going to assume you got your fish from a chain store like PetSmart, because they have those kind of warranties. I would search for a local (ish) fish breeder or smaller pet store where they have fish. I don't want all my baby fry, and PetSmart won't take them, but kindly suggested that I go to another pet store that is a small business and that they would trade me for supplies. Maybe a local pet shop would be willing to trade you as well? Even a fish for a fish because, besides being a bully, there seems to be nothing wrong with your male.
And as a side note, because your female is enjoying hiding: I have a female platy who was pregnant and one of my male guppies wouldn't leave her alone. He would chase her and bother her and she would hide in this house I have in my tank. I know she gave birth, but I'm not sure if she's finished because the same male guppy still bothers her. What I'm saying is, if your lady platy IS pregnant, the male would know. I'm not sure why he'd be chasing her away, but it's likely that he would be bothering her and waiting to eat those babies. I have 4 adult males in my tank and only that one bothered her.
Fish have personalities, and maybe this male platy of yours is just a rude dude. But I'd seriously check out your local fish shops and ask about a trade.