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post #1 of 6 Old 05-13-2008, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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SICK BALLOON MOLLY

I have a white male balloon molly who recently has been lying on the ground, sometimes sideways and only goes up for air. I don't know whwat the problem is, none of the other fish are sick (1 female balloon molly, 2 baby mollies).

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-13-2008, 08:09 PM
this happened to one of mine a few weeks ago. sadly mine didnt make it. I am not sure what it is maybe a Swim Bladder Infection but not sure
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-13-2008, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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what can you do about swim bladder infection??
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-13-2008, 09:58 PM
i am not an expert on that stuff check the sticky in freshwater species and compat. general about disease and infections if thats not enough u can always google it or wat for someone more knowledgeable to post
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-13-2008, 10:01 PM
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Being deformed as they are, balloon mollies are at much greater risk for swim bladder disease than regular (non-deformed) mollies. Their life expectancy is much shorter as a result. You can treat for swim bladder disease, but I wouldn't be surprised if this became a chronic problem.
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Being deformed as they are, balloon mollies are at much greater risk for swim bladder disease than regular (non-deformed) mollies. Their life expectancy is much shorter as a result. You can treat for swim bladder disease, but I wouldn't be surprised if this became a chronic problem.
It's not much of a disease but rather a damage to the body system. That is why I don't often recommend balloon fish such as balloon rams. I despise man-made creations. Nothing much you can do if it happens frequently. Euthanasia would be more friendly than let it suffer for a long time.

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