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LCsMum 07-14-2011 10:11 PM

Old or sick?
I will attempt to describe the issue as well as possible. If some one wants to post pics for me I can email then. I am unable to post them. And in my 8 years of keeping balloon bellied mollies have never seen this...
I purchased this bbm over a year ago, she was a light gray an white mix, full size and seemingly healthy. I never had a problem with her. She had a couple sets of fry within the first few months I had her and she and her fry did well and were healthy. Shortly after I removed the males from that tank and there were no more fry from her. In the past 6 months she's been... Changing. She is now twice the size of all my other bbm's, and her front half has turned orange. Vivid orange. But the back half of her is still this gray white color. The scales on the orange half are large and almost look like they bubble. Lately I've noticed shell get a hole through this area but it doesn't seem to bother her and it'll heal up and then I'll notice another. But she is not bloated or just swollen. She has actually grown. Example- her mouth is twice as large as the other fish. She could eat one of my frogs' crickets if she wanted! I've researched everything. It's not a tumor. It's not hole in head disease. I can't figure it out. She honestly looks... Old. My water levels are great and none of my other fish have problems. And she is still as energetic as always. Eats well. Sometimes I wonder if she's going blind though. Anyhow. Her body looks like the front half belongs to a different fish. Changed colors, 'blew up', scales are huge and almost bubbly. Any ideas? Please?
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LCsMum 07-14-2011 10:18 PM

Meant to add that on her top the scales seem to be growing. To the point that it's encasing on her top fin. She cannot raise it very far due to this.
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tropicalfishkeeper2 09-12-2011 02:18 AM

i think its because she gave birth a lot and when they get pregnant they get really big so i think after giving so much birth her size stayed like that

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