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I think my molly is sick help please

One of my mollies just had frys and so i was paying alot of attention to the fish today and i always usually do but today more then the usual but i saw one of the white one that has like blue greenish color on top of him and his tail is a lil curve and is swimming in the same spot help please i dont know if the color has always been there but im pretty sure it hasnt because i would have seen it .
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Re: I think my molly is sick help please

Hi Cindyhdz1213

 

Welcome to the community! I'm sorry to hear that you're concerned about one of your mollie frys. However, without details about your tank and water conditions it's hard to tell what's wrong. I recommend bring a sample of your water to your local Petco for a free testing. You can speak with one of our aquatic specialists about your concerns and they will be able to identify if there are any water quality issues. You can find the number to the store nearest you here. I hope you'll check back in with us and share an update on how your little fry is doing. I'd love to see a photo of your tank!

 

Alex 

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Re: I think my molly is sick help please

It's called "the shimmies" and is a pretty frequent illness among livebearers.  Bad water or stressful conditions cause it.  In the case of mollies, warmer water (80 degrees), harder water (addition of aquarium salt) and clean water can help.  Mollies like vegetable matter in their diet, so spirulina flakes are a good supplement.

Despite the fact that Mollies are offered everwhere, they aren't the easiest fish to keep.  Add to that there are numerous strains that are the result of intensive line breeding-- making them less hardy-- and some (like the balloon bellied strains) that are less hardy because of their peculiar shortened shape. 

It's almost impossible to track down good solid black sphenops mollies that were the hallmark of perfection back in the day.

The color you noticed might be normal: black pigment can take on lots of different appearances depending on several factors.  Lots of closely related fish (like guppies)  were used to develop the expanded color range of modern mollies, so greenish and bluish colors aren't unusual.

If the fish looks like it has a whitish velvelty or slimy appearance there may be a fungal or bacterial infection at play, and medication would help. Marineland All-in-One medication is effective on both bacterial and fungal diseases,

Best of luck!


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Re: I think my molly is sick help please

I have a water kit and everything says is good except the water hardness . I dont know what to add to get it softer do you know what i can do? Its not the fry that is sick but the adult one. He is like greenish greyish i can see that he is now because im sure he wasnt like tht before .
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What?
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How do i add a picture
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Re: I think my molly is sick help please

To add a picture, simply click the Photo button above the text window, as seen below:

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Re: I think my molly is sick help please

I dont have the stuff on top of the text window Smiley Sad so ive googled and i recently went to a pet store to ask about what i can do for my fish or if they know of anything i can buy or what it is and they couldnt help me . They had no knowledge about fishes . My fish is really green on the top and he use to be white
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