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Can Platys Live In Saltwater?

Platys have been known to live in full marine salinity. I remember they had a problem with them in Australia because people had dumped them in water ways and they made their way out to the ocean.

Are Platies freshwater fish?

Platy is a common name of in the genus Xiphophorus that lacks a “sword” at the bottom of their tails. Both species are livebearers, similar to other fish of the family Poeciliidae, such as the guppy and molly. Platies are native to the east coast of Central America and southern Mexico.

What kind of water do platys need?

Platies are tolerant to a wide range of water conditions. The water hardness should be anywhere between 10–28 dGH. As for the water pH, platies thrive in slightly alkaline water, ideally in range from 6.8 to 8.0.

Where do platys swim in the tank?

Platies spend most of their time swimming in small groups in the middle of the water column, among the plants and hiding between the floating leaves. They are not usually aggressive, but you might find that the males overwhelm the females if you don't keep the right ratios (more on this later). Platy fish can jump!

What is the life expectancy of a platy fish?

Healthy platies can live up to 3-4 years when kept in optimal environments with clean water, low stress, and good nutrition.

How do you tell if a platy is stressed?

If your fish is swimming frantically without going anywhere, crashing at the bottom of his tank, rubbing himself on gravel or rocks, or locking his fins at his side, he may be experiencing significant stress.

What are the signs of a dead fish?

If your fish is floating at the very top of the tank, he might be dead or he might be sick. If he is lying at the bottom of the tank in the substrate, he may also be dead. Observe your fish for any signs of life, including the movement of his gills as he breathes.

Can I bring a fish back to life?

Place the goldfish in a container filled with cool water from his tank. The cool water contains oxygen and will help to revive your fish. Some experts also suggest placing your goldfish right back into the water in his tank, even if he appears dried out.

Does salt help a dying fish?

How Does Aquarium Salt Work? Salt essentially causes death by dehydration. By raising the salinity of the aquarium water, water is sucked out of the bacteria, fungus, or parasite as osmosis seeks to balance the salt concentration on each side of its membrane or skin.

When should I put salt in my aquarium?

Use API AQUARIUM SALT in freshwater aquarium tanks when starting a new aquarium, and any time you perform a water change. Care should be taken when using salt in aquariums with live plants, as some plants may be sensitive.

Does aquarium salt kill beneficial bacteria?

Using aquarium salt in your freshwater tank can have a number of positive influences. At best, it is an inexpensive health care preventative, and one that does not harm the beneficial bacteria in your tank. Adding aquarium salt can:  Destroy many parasites, including ich, when added to the aquarium at levels up to .