5 Gallon Tank Black Molly trouble swimming/sinking and bloated

DDg8r

Tank
What is the water volume of the tank? 5 GALLON
How long has the tank been running? 5 MONTHS
Does it have a filter? Y
Does it have a heater? N
What is the water temperature? 79.2 F
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) -- 2 BLACK MOLLIES

Maintenance
How often do you change the water? TRY TO DO EVERY 10-14 DAYS
How much of the water do you change? ABOUT 20-25%
What do you use to treat your water? LEAVE OUT FOR 24 HRS + API quick start
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? most of the time I vacuum to get the water out

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? Y, by the time these two made it in the tank it was cycled
What do you use to test the water? FUNSWTM 7 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
Ammonia:
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 10-25
pH: 6.4-6.8

Feeding
How often do you feed your fish? 2 times per day
How much do you feed your fish? small pinch of flakes
What brand of food do you feed your fish? API tropical flakes
Do you feed frozen? no
Do you feed freeze-dried foods? no

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? 4-5 months
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? 5 days
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? Black molly appears to be "fat" or bloated, lies at the bottom, seems like it has to put a big effort to swim up and doesn't seem to stay floating. She/He still comes up to get food when it's feeding time. The other molly sometimes appears to be "pushing" it along - not sure if to help or hurt?
Have you started any treatment for the illness? reduced feeding to once per day (for the sake of the other molly?)
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? no
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? yes, this past week only - had been fat before the swimming issues started

Explain your emergency situation in detail.
(Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)
Black molly appears to be "fat" or bloated, lies at the bottom, seems like it has to put a big effort to swim up and doesn't seem to stay floating. She/He still comes up to get food when it's feeding time. The other molly sometimes appears to be "pushing" it along - not sure if to help or hurt?

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BigManAquatics

I would try fasting 3-4 days if you haven't tried that long. Often that will relieve bloat. If the fish is still really bloated, maybe try feeding some frozen daphnia or a pea, may help make it poop real good which can sometimes help as well.
 

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