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Blackfeet 12-07-2012 10:34 AM

Fish epilepsy? Need advice
I have a gold short finned Molly female that seems to have a nervous condition. She recently had her first brood of babies and about a week later I first saw what I can only call a seizure. I turned the light on in the morning and she started swimming quite violently in a corkscrew pattern and spinning vertically always with her head as the pivot. She now does this, by all appearances randomly, throughout the day.
I netted her out after one episode during which she repeatably hit into the the castle I have and developed a blood spot under scales. When I put her back in she seized again.
What is wrong with her and what is the cause? Further more should the babies be disposed of rather than risk spreading such a condition out to others as I give the babies to a LFS

cpwebsite 12-08-2012 10:05 PM

It does seem like she's having seizures, however I can't tell you what she's having as of now. I would recommend disposing of the babies due to the fact that if your not sure what it is it may be genetic.

If she continues doing this, and regularly (at least once a day), then the best course of action may be to euthanize her. To euthanize it I would recommend getting some TMS (an anesthesic) and separate the fish. then pour in one dose to make it fall asleep but not kill it. after this, wait 1 min and then add a double dose plus some vodka to ensure euthanization, however vodka is not necessary. after this if you want you can put it in a bag and put it in the freezer in order to fully put it to sleep.

Blackfeet 12-08-2012 11:13 PM

Thank you for the feedback. She has continued and it is 4-7 times a day depending on how often she gets startled by my little one running up to the tank and babbling at full volume. The bad part is that she doesn't stop unless she can't go any deeper. The closer she is to the bottom the faster she stops and be damned for what other fish or decor is in the way.

cpwebsite 12-08-2012 11:27 PM

Then, I'm sorry to say this, but I would recommend for the fish's sake you euthanize it.

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