Help Molly Has Clamped Fins After Giving Birth!

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Bought 2 Mollies male & female from Petco yesterday. Female gave birth to a few in the plastic bag on the way home. Put her in my 10 gal and she birthed a few more. Now she has clamped fins and she is not eating. I also noticed some slime coat shedding on her belly area and a scale or two peeling off of the male Molly’s body! I put them both in a salt bath of 2.5 gal conditioned water & 2 tsp aquarium salt. Then moved them to a separate 2.5 gal tank with gentle filter and heater. She is not eating but the male is. Is there anything else I can do? What is going on with them? I’m scared my other Mollies will contract whatever they had since they were in the same tank about 24 hours!
 

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I'm not too sure what the Molly has, but coat shedding, clamped fins and scale peeling seems to be a symptom of a pretty serious Molly disease, i would do a 20% water change in the 10 gallon tank, do some research on fish diseases (On here is a good idea because there are many threads on fish diseases on here) and i wouldn't worry so much about the other fish catching whatever the Molly has, as long as you make sure to do the water change it should minimize the change of disease by a lot.

Sorry i couldn't be of more help! I don't keep Mollies much but i did in the past and that is just my knowledge on diseases and prevention of disease! I hope you cure the fish because they really are special and i hold fish close to my heart, i know you must too, those little eyes are too adorable to resist.

Wishing all the best - C&M
 

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I'm not a fish specialist by any means but the trip home as stressed the molly to much and she as giving birth prematurely which as taken a lot out of her. The fact you also have problems with the Male may suggest there was a problem at the store which you've inherited, anyway a little API stress guard should help both fish, others will now jump in I've started and should may give better advise
 

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The symptoms point to a number of things without knowing your parameters anything is just a stab in the dark. Clamped thing could be anything, could just be stress but it could be something more serious.

For me personally whenever any fish show any signs of serious illness i chuck them in the qt and do daily 80% water changes on my main tank for 3 days to flush it out, then twice weekly for the next month.

Treating the qt is another matter if your not sure what it is i just do 90% water daily changes for 2 weeks to remove any pathogens from the water and let the fish do the rest.
If you figure out what's wrong you can medicate but if you don't your doing more harm then good by using the wrong meds.
 

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Clamped mollies usually mean water parameters. This is most likely the case, mixed with the stress of rehoming. My mollies gave birth pretty quick after being brought home. Give her time, make sure the water is 76-80 degrees, and make sure there's plant life. Alive or dead, something to hide in/behind is important. Molly fry hide in plants to survive and the adults usually hide in plants when dropping fry. I have almost 100 fry, and 7-8 adult mollies. I'm happy to help with any questions you may have. I hope she recovers! Please do a water test and share your parameters, and what chemicals you may be using when doing water changes, adding fish, or when you set up the tank.
 

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I don't think stressgud would be wrong to use in this situation it will help with the slime coat and settle the fish even if theres no disease
 
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Thank you all so much! I put her and the male in their own tank together and kept the light off all night. Her fins are no longer clamped and they are both eating again! All I see is a little bit of slime coat peeling I guess from the salt bath. Is it safe to put her back in my main tank?
 

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Thank you all so much! I put her and the male in their own tank together and kept the light off all night. Her fins are no longer clamped and they are both eating again! All I see is a little bit of slime coat peeling I guess from the salt bath. Is it safe to put her back in my main tank?
as long as parameters are good, yeah. it will be less stressful for them.
 
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