I have a gold panda molly who seems to have lost his spunk. His color is fading and he seems kind of tired when he swims. Today, he's laying down on the bottle, but he will still eat. I've had him for about a year and a half and he was full grown when I got him. Wondering if he's just old and getting tuckered out.
Water parameters are normal and all the other fish are fine.
He is old I'll give you that. I'd pay attention to the color fading. True it could be age, but if it came on quickly it is likely a topical slime bacterial infection. You did not say what else is in the tank, but if you have more mollys you should know if something else besides age is wrong cause they will all have it as well. You may wish to add a little salt and see if that percks him up.
I wouldn't say that it came on quickly... the color thing was so gradual that I didn't notice it until I saw that he was starting to look tired and hanging out at the bottom. I honestly didn't think he'd make it through the day yesterday, but as of this morning, he's still trucking along.
He's the only molly in that tank- he was a bad little fish in his original tank and had to be separated. He has eclectic tankmates, now: tetras, a festivum, zodiac loaches, and plecos. The salt won't jive well with the loaches. I can do it if absolutely necessary because it's a big tank, but I'd rather not if the consensus is that he's just an old man...
Usually mollies purchased full grown are 1 1/2 to 2 years old. Old would be five years or so...it's just so hard to tell when you buy them as adults, he could very well have been several years old. Common life-span is 3-5 years for mollies, but with those panda ones...they're pretty fragile, you never know. My panda lyretails and gold dusts rarely last more than 1-2 years after being purchased as adults. =(
As it stands though, if your tank is tetra safe, it's not healthy for mollies. They have very different water requirements. Tetras need softer water, mollies need very hard water and prefer it to be brackish...if well cared for they can usually live long and healthy lives without the salt, but everything else must be where it needs to be.
I currently have a ceamsicle molly who is nearly six years old. She's starting to go around the bend as well...blind in one eye and scales getting more pale, losing energy. So it's possible yours is just old. I would honestly move him to a cycled QT tank with stats proper for mollies though, sounds as if he may be ill more than old, could be caused by the water stats not being molly-friendly.
He died about a week after I posted. I'm fairly certain it was old age. The tank was actually better suited to him than to the tetras, as I have super hard water. The tetras are only there because they are leftover from a tank I no longer have.
Thanks for your post though... it was informative :)
I didn't realize I posted so late! I was going down the list to help those I could. lol
I'm sorry about your fish, it always sucks to lose one. Sometimes it's hard to place those "Jerkfish" as I call them, since sometimes you get one in that just can't live with others of their kind without trying to kill them...it's rare for it to happen like that, but it does. I had two like that. A gold dust and a marble molly, they kept trying to kill everyone and suceeded with two. =(
If he was indeed old, then that's not so bad. It's not very common that they live long enough to die from old age. My old creamsicle is about to go as well, you get very attached when you have them for so long, I've had her for about three years and she was about two or close to it when I got her, so she's just OLD!
And by the way...I ADORE your African dwarf Frog photo. :3
I was bummed. He was an ornery little thing but he had some spunk. Kept trying to mate with my festivum... lol.
R.I.P, Kung Pao!
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