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Hi there. I have a platty in my tank that is very bloated and its scales are raised, it just lies at the bottom of the tank and it doesn't want to eat. Then I have a sailfin molly in the same tank, that eats but it doesn't gain weight.
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Welcome to the forum, Miss Tropical!

I'm sorry to hear that you're having a hard time with your little livebearers. :(

Bloating and raised scales isn't a good sign, symptoms like this are associated with a condition called Dropsy, which is often associated with situations where the water in the tank isn't as clean as we would like, or is cycling. . . a fish refusing to eat could be indicative of the same thing. The first thing to do is a water change - that can't cause any harm, and can certainly help!

In order for us to help you better, would you mind posting a bit more information on your tank and animals?

How long has this tank been set up? How long have the fish lived there? What size tank is it? How often do you change the water?
If you have a way to test the water for toxins like ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels, please do so, and post your results.

Hopefully we'll be able to give you more specific advice after we find out a little bit more about your situation. . .
 

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I have had the tank for about two years now. It is a 40l tank. The inhabitants that live there is two bala sharks two gourami's two mollies, two platties, two catfish two plecoes an two briste nose plecoes, one guppie and 8 fry about 4 days old. I resently bought the guppy mollies and platties. I have had the bala sharks for about 5 months and the bristlenose plecoes. The biggest pleco I have had for about a year and the smallest one about three months. The catfish I have had since I set up the tank. O yeah the filter I use is just a normal sponge filter I have one plastic plant and one live plant I just got two days ago.
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All the other fish in the tank are doing well, I'm assuming? How often do you do water changes in this tank? It could very well be that these fish were ill when you brought them home - how recently did you add them?
 

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Yes all the other fish is fine. I bought them about two weeks ago. I do water changes somtimes twise a monthe when I clean the gravel. I had just done water changes after the first set of babies were born
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Do you have another tank that you can move these two fish to in order to treat them without subjecting the entire tank? Community tanks can be very tricky, because some fish, like your catfish, are more sensitive than others to various medications and salt treatments. Aside from water changes, I'm not sure what to recommend unless you are able to move them. I'm familiar with the needs of Platy and Mollies, but don't want to advise anything that could bring harm to the rest of your tank. Thankfully I'm not the only person on the forum! Hopefully one of our more experienced members will be by to advise. . .

I do water changes every week in my tanks, and in the tanks I run with gravel and livebearers, there is a noticeably higher amount of waste that gets trapped beneath the gravel. I suggest that you try to get a water change and gravel vac in more frequently, if possible, and get the API Master Freshwater Test kit the next time you go to the pet store so that you can test the toxins in the water, and have a better idea of how clean the system is - then you'll better know if your maintenance routine needs tweaking.

Since these fish are so new to your system, it's difficult to say if they were ill when they got there, and stress from the move brought any of this about. Keeping a quarantine tank ready to screen new arrivals before putting them into the main tank, and to use in cases of illness is something worth looking into, if you don't already have such a system in place.
 

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No I only have the one tanks the other two is my mothers tanks and both of them hav fish in.
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I have had the tank for about two years now. It is a 40l tank. The inhabitants that live there is two bala sharks two gourami's two mollies, two platties, two catfish two plecoes an two briste nose plecoes, one guppie and 8 fry about 4 days old. I resently bought the guppy mollies and platties. I have had the bala sharks for about 5 months and the bristlenose plecoes. The biggest pleco I have had for about a year and the smallest one about three months. The catfish I have had since I set up the tank. O yeah the filter I use is just a normal sponge filter I have one plastic plant and one live plant I just got two days ago.
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For clarity's sake, are you saying 40l as in 40 liter or a 40 "long"?
 

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:cry:Update on my tank. My platty died tonight. I really thought I would have more time to help him. I hope my molly will be fine. He is getting really thin. And lies on the bottom but moves every now and then. What could be wrong with him? It looks like he is trying to eat. Please help me.!!! I don't want him to die to
 

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I'm sorry about your Platy :(

Any way you could get a picture of your Molly? How long has he been not eating/inactive?
 

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I can't upload pictures on this site don't know hou to do it with a cellphone. It is a day and a half now that he is inactive before that when he swam it looked like he was crazy or somthing. He darted from side too side I thought he only did that too impress the female molly. And then I saw that he was loosing weight very fast
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I was afraid of that (not that the alternative would be much better). A 40 liter tank is approximately 10 gallons (US) - given the bioload you have in your fish list I would expect to have some problems...especially given just twice monthly water changes. You may want to take a moment and review the "fish profiles" with regards to the species you have to help you better understand my concern(s). Have you tested your water since noticing the issues starting with your fish being in distress? If so, what are the levels of nitrate, nitrite and ammonia?
 

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I do not have a testing kit for that.but I have a type of medisyne that's called clear water. I thought maybe I should use that in my tank?
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