Thread: Help - Silver molly dying
09-11-2008, 10:41 PM #1Junior Member Platy
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Help - Silver molly dying
My silver mollies looks sick, he always sits at the bottom and his belly is swelling everyday and looks like it may burst.
What is this disease and how can I cure it
The same symptoms also happened to one of my Gourami's and 2 of Zebras.
09-11-2008, 10:58 PM #2Junior Member Guppy
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- Rochester, NY
Swollen Belly - Molly
To me there are a few things that seem likely. The first is that the fish is pregnant.
If it is not pregnant I would consider Dropsy. Dropsy typically shows itself with a swollen body and scales sticking out, kind of looking like a pinecone.
If you are feeding your fish strictly flake food they could be taking in too much air when they are feeding. This is not likely, but possible.
Test your water and make sure ammonia and nitrites are zero and nitrates are below 20 ppm. After the water conditions are right try reducing the amount you are feeding your fish and consider some live food.
09-12-2008, 11:33 AM #3
Along with what rocaquarium said, constipation is also a possibility.
You could try feeding some de-shelled cooked peas as these act as a laxative. If it is constipation it would help and if not wouldn't do any harm. Just be sure to remove any uneaten peas so they don't rot.
09-12-2008, 11:49 AM #4
internal parasites??....wont do any harm feeding some crushed garlic to be on the safe side...it the scales are sticking out...they have dropsey...and I am afraid to say....as far as I know..there is no cure...
I would do a few water changes as well..........large and frequent..