Originally Posted by denrgb
I currently have a stressed Lemon Cobra Molly (male). He is slightly changing colors and swimming at the top of the water (doesn't come down at all). I have a feeling he doesn't have long and I'm wondering whats wrong.
The tank is about 10 months old (45 Gal) and I haven't had any problems (except for a pleco a long while back that died). I only use RO/DI water and do a 20-25% change every week religiously. My parameters are perfect besides a .25 Nitrate level I just recorded tonight. I'll be doing another water change tonight to get that down a bit.
2 Marble Angels
2 Rainbow Sharks
Blue Cobra Guppy
Lemon Cobra Guppy
5 Kuhlii Loachs
2 Blueberry Tetras
10 Neon Tetras
I feed once a day for 5 mins.
Besides the dis-colorization the guppy doesn't seem to have any infections/diseases. Does anyone have any experience with this and/or have any quick solutions they could share for this guy?
Could it be stress from another fish harrassing him? I know neons arent usually nippy, but I am unfamiliar with blueberry tetras...could they be stressing him out??
Or one of the rainbow sharks?? (No clue how you have two in a tank that are getting along, congrats)...I know my albino rainbow shark would nip at some of my fish, didnt know he was doing it until I watched the tank for an hour straight...of course I re-homed it after seeing that.
As you already said, the color change is a sign of stress in guppies. It could also be that you only have two guppies. Guppies enjoy company of one another...I try to keep at least three...I have 9 at the moment, and they all seem to seperate out into three groups of three.
And if the fish are young, multiple small feedings a day are beneficial. Mine all range between adolesant and adult, and I feed twice a day.
I've never seen a red molly before, have a pic?