03-07-2017 06:02 AM
03-07-2017 11:16 AM
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!
03-10-2017 12:01 PM
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!
03-14-2017 07:03 PM
03-16-2017 12:24 AM
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