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rrusli 05-13-2008 04:46 PM

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).

10 gallon tank

stephenmontero 05-13-2008 07:09 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

rrusli 05-13-2008 08:56 PM

what can you do about swim bladder infection??

stephenmontero 05-13-2008 08:58 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

iamntbatman 05-13-2008 09:01 PM

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.

Lupin 05-13-2008 10:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iamntbatman
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.:roll: 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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