Molly Dying

GrumpyOldMan

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My Dalmation Sail fin Molly is over 5 years old and was the very first fish I ever bought. He has fathered dozen of fry which were either rehomed or moved to other tanks. He still eats a little, but the once dominate fish now lays on the bottom of the tank or sits straight up and down in the plants with little desire to move unless provoked by another fish. If it were any other fish, I would put it down. But He has earned his place in the tank and I am reluctant to do so.

Is 5 years plus old for a Molly?

Water parameters are fine. Water changes done weekly. No other fish affected. I have a QT but it is still in the cycling process.

I don't want him to suffer, but it will be hard to say goodbye, especially if I have to do it.
 

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Average persons consensus seems to be about 2 years from what I could find searching through a few places, some rarer instances people are saying 3-5 years. If hes over 5 years, I can only imagine that youve given him the best life and care his entire life. It may just be old age catching up with him. If it were me personally, in a case like this, I would let the fish go naturally, unless hes visibly in pain or suffering.
 
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Well...............it's over. Saw some commotion in the tank and found the others pushing him around like a float toy. Never thought I could become so attached to a fish. I'll miss him and his antics.
 

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I'm sorry for your loss :console:

We all become attached to our fish, with their quirky personalities and unique behaviors. I know I for one become very attached. When I lost my 1 guppy out of my group of 5, I was heartbroken. Those guys were like a little posse, and it killed me watching one in particular miss his best buddy. My condolences to you friend.
 

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I'm sorry for your loss at least he had a good long life.

 

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