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Sick Mollies - Help!
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PostPosted: 2003.08.29(Fri)4:39    Post subject: Sick Mollies - Help! Reply with quote

One of my Mollys died a week ago. He was basically staying on the bottom of the tank first, then he became bent over a bit and his gills seemed to be working overtime...

Now another one is sick Sad with the same symptoms....
when this little fella swims (which isn't often) he turns and turns, like a screw twisting - not a great description I know, can't find the right words.

I have 3 other Mollys (2 females, 1 male) and 1 baby, all seem healthy and are eating fine. I feed with Flakes, and every so often some Freeze Dried Daphnia + Bloodworm.
I tried some peas and spinach this morning but they didn't seem too impressed!

I have a 15g tank, Fluval 2 Internal Filter, air pump and a heater set to 26/27
We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!
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PostPosted: 2003.09.02(Tue)18:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

It`s kinda hard to identify the problem without having actually seen your mollies. I read in one of my encyclopedias and tried to find diseases that cause eratic swimming patterns in fish. Try to look those up and see if they present more symptoms associated with them. Keep in mind that there may be other possibilities.

Tuberculosis piscium
Sleeping sickness or Cryptobiasis (Cryptobia)
Costia (Costiasis)

Hope this will help you in saving your mollies.

Another thing which might help you is a hospital tank. I have one and whenever I see a fish with signs of illness, I isolate it so that my other fish won`t catch whatever it has.
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