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post #1 of 4 Old 07-03-2012, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Molly fry flashing...=[

I have o ly one Molly fry, last Molly, since I had previously had to get rid of my mollies.
I noticed a few days ago that she would flash a bit, then stop. I usually change the water in their 2.5 30% every day and every third day 50%.
There is a sponge filter and the temp stays at about 80 degrees. There are two 23 day old guppy fry and the one 24 day old Molly fry.
I just added some floating water sprite, just got it today, though there were peices of a marimo mall in the tank. It's bare bottomed.
I came home after being away for the night, and found more fry in my QT tank! There are seven so far, and they have already been acclimated into the 2.5, for fear the parents would eat them!
The Molly is a Dalmatian, so it's hard to see if there are any spots, or discoloration. No fuzz though. I don't wanna loose this girl! She's definitely a favorite!!

The full water params are unknown, since I saw her flash twice in a row, and immediately did a water change, and didn't even think to fully test, but the ammonia reading I took when I saw it was not zero, definitely not .25. though I'm waiting to test the water again, after it settles, though I might fall asleep, since it's late.

There is also a batch of about two week old pond snails...should I try to remove them? Do they excrete ammonia, or just their waste?

What do you think it is?
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I have o ly one Molly fry, last Molly, since I had previously had to get rid of my mollies.
I noticed a few days ago that she would flash a bit, then stop. I usually change the water in their 2.5 30% every day and every third day 50%.
There is a sponge filter and the temp stays at about 80 degrees. There are two 23 day old guppy fry and the one 24 day old Molly fry.
I just added some floating water sprite, just got it today, though there were peices of a marimo mall in the tank. It's bare bottomed.
I came home after being away for the night, and found more fry in my QT tank! There are seven so far, and they have already been acclimated into the 2.5, for fear the parents would eat them!
The Molly is a Dalmatian, so it's hard to see if there are any spots, or discoloration. No fuzz though. I don't wanna loose this girl! She's definitely a favorite!!

The full water params are unknown, since I saw her flash twice in a row, and immediately did a water change, and didn't even think to fully test, but the ammonia reading I took when I saw it was not zero, definitely not .25. though I'm waiting to test the water again, after it settles, though I might fall asleep, since it's late.

There is also a batch of about two week old pond snails...should I try to remove them? Do they excrete ammonia, or just their waste?

What do you think it is?
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Have you tested the water, yet?

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post #3 of 4 Old 07-03-2012, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Yes!
The ammonia is .05 [a tad bit darker than 0, but way away from .25]
nitrite: 0
nitrate: 10ppm

I found out my water is soft..very soft. 71.6/four drops for GH, and 17.9/one drop for KH..
I think this may be the problem...

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-03-2012, 06:20 PM
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I saw this thread and figured it related to your other on soft water, so I'll briefly comment here.

Flashing usually (but not always) occurs when some external protozoan/parasite is attaching to the fish. We most often see this as the first signs of ich, because the parasite will first attack the gills, and the fish flashes in an attempt to dislodge the parasite. But other problems, such as ammonia/nitrite/nitrate and inappropriate water parameters can also cause flashing. Ironically, the stress from these water issues can also bring on an attack of ich, since ich only attacks fish that are weakened by stress. So it is all a vicious circle.

I went further on the water issue in the other thread, so will leave that out here.

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