Molly has Hole in the Head?

  1. m

    mrmurray8132005 New Member Member

    I have a creamcicle molly that seams to have HITH. She looks fine like hte others, until you look at her head. The scales on her head are thick and kind of stand up and they look like they are pitted.

    Everything I have read says that it happens to oscars and other larger fish. Am I wrong, or is this right and I it happens to oscars and other fish most of the time?

    We have mollys, platys, swordtails, tetras, one very community-minded gourami, and one pleco. It's a 55 gallon tank with an undergravel filter AND an Aquaeon over the back water fall filter thing with activated carbon. We just treated with Melafix and Pimafix today because our gourami has a sore and one of the black tail platys has a sore. We have already treated for Ich once, about a month ago.

    One thing we did stupidly, this being our first tank, was to use a tank that was used for Goldfish and we didn't clean the gravel very well.

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  2. amber0107

    amber0107 Well Known Member Member

    Have you tested your water recently?
  3. OP

    mrmurray8132005 New Member Member

    We have never actually tested our water. But, thre are only three fish with signs of anything. We have also added salt and Stresscoat.

  4. amber0107

    amber0107 Well Known Member Member

    Testing your water is essential to keeping your fish healthy. Many petstores will test it for free if you can't purchase a kit.

    Have you done any water changes lately? I'd start with that and add some Prime to treat your water.
  5. Aquarist

    Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Good morning,

    :animal0068:I have moved your thread from Molly section to Freshwater Fish Disease section of the forum.

    Thanks and best wishes for your fish!

  6. OP

    mrmurray8132005 New Member Member

    We clean the gravel and replace atleast 10 gallons of water every week. When we replace the water, we add salt for that 10 gallons. Once a month we replace atleast 40 gallons of water, adding salt for those 40 gallons. We do stress coat every two weeks. I think one of our local aquarium stores will test our water for free, I just have to find the time to go.
  7. escapay

    escapay Well Known Member Member

    Might need to replace water each week. I would definitely make time to get your water tested.

    Best kit seems to be API Master Kit for Freshwater. Lasts much longer and is more accurate than test strips. In long run, much less expensive. :)
  8. OP

    mrmurray8132005 New Member Member

    Had to put down the molly. Started bleeding from the head. When we pulled it out of the tank, I inspected it. The scales fell off and were all gooey. Anyways, Thank you all for the replies. Much appreciated.