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#1 joselaz5780

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:20 PM

About 24 hours ago, I noticed my black molly on the bottom of the tank(still breathing) and I decided to do a 25% water change. I performed the water change and fed the fish and the molly came up, ate swam around a little and then went back to the ground. Now he is laying on the floor against a plant and still breathing. I am thinking a 50% water change? I don't really know what to do. What is wrong? What can I do? Is his time up? He's not laying down horizontally, he's just laying there normally but on the ground. I bought him as an adult about one year ago, so I'm estimating he's about one year and like 8 months.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:25 PM

Have you checked your water parameters?

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:27 PM

They're fine and all the other fish are acting their normal happy mood and coming to me begging for food, except him.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:27 PM

How many gallons is the tank please?
How many fish and which type?
Can you please post water stats in ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and ph.

Need to ask you some questions.

Does the fish look pale, or darker in colour?
Does the fish look bloated?
Check the eyes of the fish to see if there normal and not bulging out?
Is the fish able to maintain balance when swimming?
Any red streak on body, or fins?
Is the fish still eating?
What does it look like when the fish goes to the toilet?

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:41 PM

Ammonia-0 ppm
nitrite-0
nitrate-0 ppm
Ph- 6

The fish has balance and his colors are the same(He's always had cuts, I bought him injured and cured him, so I don't think the scars are a harm now) I haven't seen him poop yet. He has no red streaks. He ate last night and I haven't fed him today.

I have 4 white molly babies(about one inch now) one yellow and black molly baby(daughter of this black molly) one yellow molly and I also have seven cories.

If it helps, the tank has been established for well over a year now.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:47 PM

It's rare to have a nitrate reading of 0. Do you have live plants in the tank?
What is your tap nitrate reading?

Does he sink back down when trying to get off the bottom of the tank?
Is he being listless and lethargic?

Feed some shelled peas to your fish.

Sorry I should of asked those 2 questions earlier. But I forgot. It's been a long night.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:51 PM

Now he is behind the air stone and if there is water flow, he just lets himself get carried by it. There are no live plants in the tank, just sand one cave and two plastic plants(No decor is new btw) tap nitrate reading...can't say right now I don't even see him trying to swim to be honest. Shelled peas would serve what purpose by the way? I thought without skin was better. I wonder if ti might do anything to the other fish or parameters.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:55 PM

Pop out of shell before feeding. It helps flush the fish throw.

It sounds like he has a bacterial infection. Can you isolate him and use an internal bacteria med.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 11:00 PM

Isolation wouldn't be possible right now and all I have is itch medicine and also some slime coat. some dechlorinator which I don't really trust using since I have always thought it can make my parameters spike.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 11:02 PM

What is your location please! To suggest a med for you.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 11:04 PM

Jersey City, New jersey I wouldn't be able to buy it today though since pet shops are just about closed but if he survives I can get it tomorrow right after work.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 11:07 PM

Maracyn, But it will wipe your good bacteria out in your filter. I would only advise using the medication in isolation.,
Or you could buy some medicated bacterial food and just feed the sick fish.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 11:12 PM

Ill see to it as soon as possible

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 11:14 PM

Good Luck.
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