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Old 09-13-2013, 08:04 PM   #1
 
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38 gallong, filtered, 78F, o nitrites and ammonia, around 40 on nitrates, stocked with neon tetra, glolight tetra, silver molly, dalmation molly, (fry dalmation,fry black molly) black molly. noticed i have new fry today. apple snails.

1 of my black mollies has white stuff on her.best way i can explain is it looks almost like scales, or the edge of her scales all over her is white. hard to say if it looks like grains of salt or not. water is brown due to tannins in water. i have no water at home so i cant set up my 1 gallon hospital tank. i took dozen of pics but could not get any clear enough of her as she kept swimming in the back and my water is darkish as well as the flash made it hard to see..

so any ideas?ill also try searching for pictures online that match it..on her tail the white dots are small, her bosy they are fairly big like the edging of her scales..she acts normal.no other fish infected, about 15-20 fish in tank.
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:34 PM   #2
 
The molly could be reacting to the fact that she is in soft water. Typically, livebearers like mollies are hard water fish and mollies in particular do best in brackish water. She could be under some stress biologically and be shedding some slime coat as a result.

If you can remove the apple snails to a bowl or something like that temporarily, you can add 1 tsp of AQ salt per gallon to the tank and see if that clears up any of the white stuff on her body.
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:37 PM   #3
 
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thank you Sakura :) long time since i last talk to u.i didnt think of the slime coat.i didnt think it was ick/ich but wasnt sure what else it could be.but that makes sense.im pretty sure thats what it is :)



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The molly could be reacting to the fact that she is in soft water. Typically, livebearers like mollies are hard water fish and mollies in particular do best in brackish water. She could be under some stress biologically and be shedding some slime coat as a result.

If you can remove the apple snails to a bowl or something like that temporarily, you can add 1 tsp of AQ salt per gallon to the tank and see if that clears up any of the white stuff on her body.
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Old 09-14-2013, 02:31 AM   #4
 
Just a suggestion, after you add the salt, up the temp to 80-82 for two days. Most external parisites hate both salt and heat. You could also add half the aquarium salt and remove the fish and give her a 15 min. salt bath like they do with gold fish. If it is ich, it will fall off while in the bath.
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Old 09-14-2013, 11:15 AM   #5
 
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that sounds like a good idea.i havent checked on her this morning.but its feeding time so ill now get to see her...thank you Henningc :)




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Just a suggestion, after you add the salt, up the temp to 80-82 for two days. Most external parisites hate both salt and heat. You could also add half the aquarium salt and remove the fish and give her a 15 min. salt bath like they do with gold fish. If it is ich, it will fall off while in the bath.
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