molly not acting the same?

Discussion in 'Molly' started by ilike2pokypoky, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. ilike2pokypokyNew MemberMember

    i have a Platinum Lyretail Molly, black molly, red wag platy, and 9 fry in a breeder box in a 29 gallon tank. The tank is kept at a temperature of 80-82 degrees and is filtered. A few days ago my Platinum Lyretail Molly started acting strangely, she was less active, and keeps hiding in plants and only comes out when feeding time, but then goes back. The other fish are fine they are very active and also i am not sure which fish gave birth to the fry because they are all female(i think it was the Platinum Lyretail Molly because all of the fry are white). could she be sick or something?
  2. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to fishlore!
    What are the water parameters?

  3. ilike2pokypokyNew MemberMember

    i dont know

  4. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    I would get a test kit then.
    Make sure it's an API liquid test kit, as strips are inaccurate.
  5. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    Welcome to Fish Lore!!!

    I agree with Anders, your water parameters would be very helpful. But until you can get a test kit, you can get the water tested at somewhere like Petsmart, although I'm not sure whether or not they use test strips.

    I'm not sure about the symptoms of a pregnant molly, but does she look like she might be preggo? Is she newer?
  6. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Petsmart and petco usually uses strips.
  7. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    At least it would be a rough idea.........
  8. ilike2pokypokyNew MemberMember

    i got my water tested at petsmart and they said the ammonia and nitrates are slightly high and told me to do water changes more often and feed less. could this be the problem and if it is ,wouldnt all of my fish been effected
  9. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    If it was her who gave birth recently, then she may be weaker than the other fish and more affected by the bad water quality.
  10. ilike2pokypokyNew MemberMember

    so would doing water changes more often and feeding less lower ammonia and nitrates
  11. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    Yes, it should help with an ammonia and nitrate problem. BUT, you shouldn't be getting ammonia or nitrites at all if your tank is truly cycled. You'll only get some nitrates once the tank is cycled, but not through the roof on these either, though.

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