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Tapil 11-20-2010 12:01 PM

[PICTURE] Identify the problem please (Molly)
 
Over the past week my mollies have slowly become inactive (I Belive its because of the crappy walmart fish food i was feeding them) I stopped feeding them it and they seem to be moving about more.

But one of my mollies has this strange make on his scales. This mollie also used to lean up against my heater and rest on the suctioncup and the heaterbar - so does that make this a burn?

All he does is hide and sit at the bottom of the tank

Water conditions
Ph: 7.4
Brackish: 1 Table spoon per 10 gallons
Temp: 78F

I have to use chlorine city water now... I use "START RIGHT" Chlorine remover measured properly (1 teaspoon per10 gallons) so my 50 gallon gets 5 teaspoons if i change 100% of the water changing 50% gets 2.5 tea spoons

http://i1024.photobucket.com/albums/...01120-1243.jpg

luckysarah 11-20-2010 12:27 PM

Its hard to tell from the pic but is it the scales or is it some kind of growth?

also 1 tablespoon of salt per 10 gallons is not brackish, you would need way more salt for this. Are you using marine salt or just freshwater aquarium salt? and did you add the salt slowly or all at once? Did these mollies come from brackish water or fresh water and how long have you had them?

Do you know what your ammonia, nitrItes and nitrAtes are?

Are any of the other fish acting strange?

Mollies really need veggies, veggie based flakes and also real veggies like blanched zucchini or shelled peas a few times a week (it helps with digestion and keeps the diet varied).

I don't really know alot about fish diseases but google
lymphocystis and see if that looks like what you fish has.

you could always try a salt water bath and see if that helps.

Tapil 11-20-2010 02:04 PM

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Originally Posted by luckysarah (Post 516738)
Its hard to tell from the pic but is it the scales or is it some kind of growth?

Sorry he moves too fast for me to get a better picture (its just a white scrape that outlines each scale for its lenght)

Quote:

Originally Posted by luckysarah (Post 516738)
Are you using marine salt or just freshwater aquarium salt? and did you add the salt slowly or all at once? Did these mollies come from brackish water or fresh water and how long have you had them?

Aquarium salt - Added all at once disolved in a cup of water and then dumped in, Mollies are alittle over a year old now - the sick one is almost 2 years

Quote:

Originally Posted by luckysarah (Post 516738)
Do you know what your ammonia, nitrItes and nitrAtes are?

I Do not but I am extremely religous with my 50% water changes and 25% weekly changes - I assume 50 gallon tank with 8 mollies do not increase the amonia to an insane level too fast but i could be wrong. I have no nitrate test. I will try to get one next week

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Originally Posted by luckysarah (Post 516738)
Are any of the other fish acting strange?

The other fish sit at the bottom of the tank as well - but if i walk by the tank they start swiming around normal. other than that they still eat up plants and such but at a very low strata.

[quote=luckysarah;516738]Mollies really need veggies, veggie based flakes and also real veggies like blanched zucchini or shelled peas a few times a week (it helps with digestion and keeps the diet varied).[/qoute] Mine nibble on lettuce and algea waffers every other week.

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