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05-03-2013, 02:16 AM #1Junior Member Guppy
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Sick fish in our newly cycled tank - what to do
Our tank is finally fully cycled. Our parameters are less than 0.25ppm ammonia, 0 nitrites and 5 nitrates.
The unfortunate news is that we have one sick fish. Our black molly that had babies a few weeks ago has been struck with "popeye" we believe. We obviously wont be adding any new fish in the tank even though it is cycled. I am here sort of asking what we should be doing now and if what were doing is right.
A couple of days ago we noticed a little white spot on her mouth and then yesterday we noticed that she was hanging out at the bottom of the tank and not really moving swimming at all. When she did come out for food, we noticed she had 2 very puffy eyes and her gills look a little white as well. We have a spare 2.5 gallon tank so we've taken her out of our 20g and moved her into the 2.5g tank.
We added aquarium salt to our 20g and also to the 2.5g. In the 2.5g tank we also added API Pimafax. We aren't entirely sure if thats even the most appropriate treatment but we arent adding it to the larger tank yet. We also bough kordon rid-ich plus but didn't use it yet.
Another thing is, what we've read so far though is that a sickness like that is due to bad water quality but we've been so careful trying to keep the water quality perfect for the babies. We've been doing very frequent water changes and we are testing the parameters all the time. Aside from a short-lived nitrate spike, every thing has been good for the last few weeks and even the little babies are thriving. What did we do wrong?
05-03-2013, 02:26 AM #2Junior Member Guppy
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I do want to add, since we've moved the fish to the other tank shes been starting to swim around a lot more at the top. I don't think she is able to see though.
05-05-2013, 05:19 AM #3
if you are cycled you don't have ammonia. EVER
i don't know anything about the illness the molly is having but a 2.5 gallon is not suitable for a molly.
and it will highly likely to make her illness worse because of high ammonia levels.
if you can move the babies to the 2.5 gallon that is better. make the molly back to the 20 and try to get your ammonia to 0