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dancexonxwater 01-08-2010 03:48 PM

Mollies with raised scales
Ugh... So today I just realized that I have had Mollies for past six months and not platies... The fish store told me they were platies when i bought them...

So perhaps i can finally diagnose my fish and help them get better...

They are black mollies (salifin i think?) and it started with the male having raised scales on the back half of his body only. No bloating. Then the female got the raised scales as well, only all over. She hasa humped back now and slightly ratty tail. I thought that it may be an internal parasite, so I treated the tank with prazipro about three days ago with..slight improvement, but still raised scales. They had a fry back in september that is healhy & fine.

If this is not an internal parasite, perhaps I'm oing something wrong for them thinking htey were platies. My pH is regular fairly basic long island tap water. I keep the temperature at 78 F. Ammonia, nitrates, nitrates are 0. Three fake plants, gravel, two places to hide..a rock.. It's a 10 gallon tank. I use aquarium salt and keep it at two table spoons full. They are fed TetraMin Tropical flakes. I read online that they need algae as well? or something spirulina based? Are tetramin tropical flakes included in that? They do sort of peck at the tground a lot?

Any help would be great, thanks in advance! Ugh, I can't believe I thought they were platys all this time!!

dancexonxwater 01-08-2010 03:54 PM

iamntbatman 01-09-2010 01:47 PM

I hate to say it, but that looks to me like fish tuberculosis, which usually means euthanization is your best option. I would look it up yourself before taking my word for it though, as I'm not a vet nor am I an expert.

Be very careful, though, as this is a disease that can be transmitted to humans. Wear gloves.

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