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balloonmollies3 04-15-2010 08:30 PM

Is my fish dieing?
Hello. I have a 10 gallon tank. In it are 5 female and 1 male balloon belly mollies. Recently one of them had a baby. We do not know which one had the baby. But we put the fry in a breeding net, that was latched to the side of the tank. But one of the females got stuck in between the side of the net and the tank. So we released her and she sank to the bottom. Then she got up and swam around then sank back down to the bottom of the tank. We put her in a breeding box that floats on the surface of the tank so the other fish won't bother her. But now she is just swimming around ont he bottom of the box on her stomach. She occasionaly will swim up but only if the box if moved a lot. I am worried about her. What is wrong with her? What can i do to help her? She is barely swimming just like "sliding" around on her belly in the breeding box. What is happening to my beloved fish??

FishySuzy 04-15-2010 08:46 PM

I had this happen with a guppy. It could go either way, but don't be too upset if it turns out that she does die.

Promelas 04-15-2010 09:42 PM

Is this the first time you've had any problems with them at all? 6 mollies in a 10g tank is way way too small for them to live a healthy life. I wouldn't put mollies in anything under a 29g tank as they generally need a decent amount or room to live healthy.

La Reina 04-15-2010 09:45 PM

I'm sorry to hear about your fish. I hope she makes it, but if she doesn't please don't be too upset.

balloonmollies3 04-16-2010 06:09 AM

Well is there anything I can do to help her? I feel so bad watching her 'swim' like that. Please is there any thing that I could do to try and save my fish's life? I mean what is wrong with her?? Was she the mother and there was brithing problems? Please help!

balloonmollies3 04-16-2010 01:46 PM

Does anybody know what could possibly be wrong with my fish and how I can help her?

SilersAngryMeow 04-16-2010 01:58 PM

is there anything else that you can see different or wrong about her? how are your water parameters? that's usually the first thing I check.

hope she makes it!

kelly528 04-16-2010 02:16 PM

Not sure how long ago this happened but its not unusual for traumatised fish to 'sulk' for a few days. I would turn the tank lights off, leave her alone and let her recouperate.

If she's not improving within a few days, I would assume that the pressure of the breeding trap ruptured her swim bladder, in which case she needs to be euthanised with finquel or clove oil.

Alternatively you can freeze a bun of water so that a thin sheet of ice has formed over the surface, put some ice cubes in it and plunge her quickly into the freezing cold water.

Just whatever you do, do NOT put her in room temperature water and put her in the freezer. Many people advise slowly freezing fish to death like this, claiming they will gradually go to sleep but this is not true. Now that it has been proven that fish feel pain (including frostbite) this method is every bit as crual as putting the fish in a pot of water, putting it on the stove and gradually boiling her to death.

balloonmollies3 04-16-2010 05:56 PM

Well she is still "sulking" at the bottom of the tank. Well lately on one side of her her eye and fin have started deteriarating. They are peeling it looks like have a layer of "skin" peeling off. The other side of her is fine she does swim up to get food and swim a tiny bit but otherwise returns to the bottom of the fish box. What do you think could cause this to happen to her side???

kelly528 04-16-2010 06:07 PM

When did she start peeling? Before or after the accident?

Your tank is VERY overstocked, its possible that she has an ammonia burn or has caught a bacterial from living in such close quarters with the other fish.

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