Molly Mystery spots?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by JoFish, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. JoFishNew MemberMember

    Hey everyone,
    First post/thread on this site, or any site for that matter. I created this in search of help diagnosing my molly. I heard white spots are ich disease, so as a novice right away I started treating it accordingly without truly researching it. Come to find out the spots on my molly are nothing like the appearance of ich. I have posted the best views i could get of it. Any help would be much appreciated. I want to return it to my normal tank because i'm sure shes mad about being alone, however i'm afraid of infecting my community. Thanks all.

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  2. GordinianWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to fishlore!

    It doesn't really look like ich... but I can't really tell. I better picture would be very helpful!

    On a side note, I see that you do not know about the nitrogen cycle. I would suggest reading up on this (the words should be underlined, just click on them) as ammonia poisoning might be a component here. I would also reccomend purchasing some liquid test strips as they can be very helpful and provide you and us with vital information that can help your fish.
  3. yusufm52Valued MemberMember

    Hi JoFish, and welcome to fishlore.
    the picture is not clear to identify the disease, but if you can tell what the white spots appear to be like, lis it a cotton type growth or just a spot, if it is a cotton type then it might not be a ich but fungus growth.
  4. JoFishNew MemberMember

    wow you guys are pretty cool about helping people, good to hear. I know the picture is subpar. However my description would be it appears to be a piece of sand, although kind of stringy like cotton, stuck to her. To be more clear, This fish has had fry before, and on my calender appeared to be coming up on another birth, so I separated it to a 5 gallon tank i had. Only then did these spots begin to appear. As soon as one spot goes away it comes back in another place. Also scales look slightly raised on face, more so than before I moved it anyway. One more thing about it is my fish appears to be going to the surface more often... in search of air possibly?> (releases bubbles) there is a filter for a 10 gallon tank on it so im really not sure. (im sure it doesnt help much not to know the water levels) Thanks all.
  5. yusufm52Valued MemberMember

    well if its a cotton type growth, then its definitely fungus, but as you are also mentioning that it appears and comes back again at different a place then i don't think its a fungus, best thing for you to do at this stage is to first know your water parameters, you should invest in a good water test kit, a API Master kit is good. Check your water and if everything is okay that is ammonia and nitrates should be 0, nitrites can be upto 10ppm. do lots of water changes 50% water change in a day till the your fishes condition improves.. last but not least read all you can about your fish.. its helps a lot..
  6. Wendy LubianetskyWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to Fishlore. Hopefully we are helping the problem with your fish.

    Everyone is suggesting water changes because frequently bad water quality is a factor in illness of fish. Usually when a fish gets sick there is something stressing it, and commonly it is some component of the water column. By changing the water you are removing the stess factor that is causing the fishes illness. You need to buy that API Master kit so that you can determine what is the stresser and correct the problem. If you don't correct the issue at hand your fish might get better when medicated and as soon as the medication is gone it will come back or something else will attack your fish's weakend immune system.

    Please let us know how your fish is doing and learn about the nitrogen cycle in your tank!
  7. JoFishNew MemberMember

    So here is what it looks like now... swollen eye and a big white FIshie.jpg growth on her forehead... going to buy test strips tomorrow....
  8. yusufm52Valued MemberMember

    i wouldn't recommend buying test strips, as they are not accurate. if possible get a liquid test kit, they are much more accurate readings.

    secondly, if the mollies eyes are poping out you might want to check out for symptoms of pop eye disease.

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