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  1. Thank you, well maybe I can call my LFS when they open tomorrow & explain. I have 4 tanks going, and there's mollies in EVERY one from them breeding. They don't seem to eat the fry anymore & it's just becoming overwhelming. They are a nice bright orange, so they looked good against the plants, but Livebearers just want to breed non stop. & now were seeing ill bearing marks.
  2. I do indeed think it's something to do with genetics! The male fish above is still all spiky looking, but acting completely fine. He has a yellow brother whose scales are perfectly normal. Right now in my 20g I kept 9 brightly colored fry. Many of them are now maturing & are Also from the same parent fish. 2 are displaying raised scales & the other 2 are displaying raised head scales only. 1 has normal smooth scales. How do I make sure they do NOT breed any further? Usually I bring fry to my LFS but if they are malformed then it would be impolite to sell them or give them away. Would you cull? I think I've had enough of breeding.
  3. It's now been 30 days, all seemed well, yesterday I was doing my normal weekly WC on this tank & noticed at least 2-3 of the fry now also have cloudy eye. So I'm gonna assume it's bacterial ? The tank is pretty dark, because it's covered in floaters. Duckweed & frogbit. I removed a lot of it (it reproduces like crazy!) & could now see the fish much more clearly. I guess it was so dark that I didn't notice it. I just used the search button on the forum & found tons of answers. It seems API fin & Body cure is a popular one to use for cloudy eye? It's just mollies in this tank & 1 Female BN pleco for 2 years. The only thing I've changed in the past 6 months was adding a few plants & upgrading to a larger HOB filter. Not quite sure what I did to introduce this disease. Unless it just attacked the injured mother fish first & spread from there.
  4. You guys think it's okay to put him back in the tank now? He's been in his own separate QT box for a while.
  5. Oh it's okay, she's not with me anymore. My mother in law has her now. She said the fish is healing and looks fine, in her own quarantine tank. She said she will add her to the large tank to live out the rest of her days once her head is all healed up.
  6. Oh that's interesting!! So I did buy the breeding pair at the same store BUT from different tanks at different times. I looked for over 6 months for the bright yellow/orange. They are hard to find up here in New England. Then I kept the best colored females, put them in a separate tank, and traded the males back to my LFS. I keep females mostly now because I like how they interact, and they stay smaller. Males are aggressive. This QT was originally a 29g. I dropped 3 bright yellow fry in there to grow out. Then the tank broke out in fungus & I was afraid to move them back. One of them just happened to grow up & be male. But so his weird scales could be a product of line breeding?
  7. Thank you very much for the info. I posted it on here because it looked SO odd, there was this very large, short finned, bright orange molly who sired him. He had blocker looking scales also but not as prominent as this. Out of all the mollies I've bred, I've only seen it twice, out of hundreds in the past two years. But, this tank has literally been "ill" for 12 months, just one ailment after another (mainly bacterial + fungal) alongside multiple medications. He does look a bit better since soaking in the saltwater solution for the past week, but just to cover all my bases I wanted to ask my fellow fish-keepers.
  8. @Biotope Biologist This is what he looked like 1 week ago: In the 2cd photo, there is a female below him, when the two fish are compared his scales look very different.
  9. No he wasn't born with it, as he started maturing his scales looked more broader than the females, then a few weeks ago I looked in the tank & he looked "puffed up." I went back in my fish tank journal to check for info. This tank was pretty bare- just a little sand because it was intended to be used as a short term QT, but I figured they'd be in here a long time so I added: -1 sandwhich sized bag of leftover sand (Caribsea super naturals) - 3? LBs of gravel - some floating plants from my 5g grow out. Duckweed, water lettuce, frogbit. THe scales started lifting AFTER the treatment of API fin & body cure was completed. And after adding plants & Gravel. BUT the pleco's condition has improved, and he got worse. That's why I was wondering if maybe it was an internal parasite.
  10. How can fish keepers tell 100% if it is Dropsy? I've had this orange male molly in Quarantine, I think for about 1 week now. I check parameters daily, replenish fresh water, add aquarium salt. It's heated also. I added duckweed for cover, and keep a towel over top to keep it darker. He seems fine. Eating, pooping, I'm not seeing any bloating. His scales just seem thicker, blockier, and not smooth compared to his female companions. Are there any other reason for scale lifting? Like parasites or some type of abnormality?
  11. Torrey, that's too bad! But I've learned that these fish are hardy, and definitely have surprised me. Usually when they're close to death, you call tell, like what you said, they exhibit behavior differently, and we listen, Thank you. @Colu I wanted to show you a photo I JUST took a few minutes ago, while feeding. The Red BN is starting to heal up. Her Dorsal fin was completely gone, and you helped me quite a bit with meds & dosing so I wanted to share an update: She still has a lot of scar tissue, but the holes, erosion, fin & tail rot, and white spots/patches have improved dramatically: Sorry 2cd photo has a weird reflection.
  12. Okay, Thanks guys. I think ill keep him isolated for a little longer and just monitor him then. Like I said, he seems okay, behavior is normal, eating healthy. And if he takes a turn for the worst then I'll put him to sleep. I guess I'll just watch him for now though.
  13. He is not getting better.. Or worse. He just looks the same. I made the Epsom salt bath/dip a few days ago per Torrey's instructions on the previous page. He is now in a separate container, with added aquarium salt only ~ 1 Teaspoon per gallon. I've been doing a lot of reading & every website says to put the fish to sleep because it's chance of survival is so slim. Should I? I have clove oil on hand for emergencies. I've used it twice- and hated doing it both times 😔 but if it's that bad, with internal swelling, Would it be kinder?
  14. Well good news, my mother in law (who I introduced into fish keeping a few years ago) Popped by today, she witnessed what I was dealing with & offered to take the molly home & treat her in her spare tank. Because I'm already fighting something else in my 15g, long story, but anyways; Case closed, Thank you all for the help!
  15. It's staying at a steady 68° I checked it all throughout the day. It doesn't feel cold to the touch, but she's used to 10° warmer, I found someone to take a bunch of the fry Tuesday. (About 4 times per year I bring in the fry to a LFS) so hopefully being isolated & the salt will help, oh and yes I own a ton of floating plants! Thank you guys for all the help & info. I will post an update if she gets better or worse, this forum is great!
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