Molly red gills and gulping air

  1. Z

    Zoe13 Valued Member Member

    My balloon belly molly has red gills and is gulping air from the surface. I tested the water and my parameters were fine (0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 5 nitrate and pH of 7). I did a 20% water change an hour ago, and she is still hanging out at the surface gulping air and her gills are still red. I have a cycled 5 gallon quarantine. Should I put her in it? What could be the problem, and what should I do? All other fish in the tank seem fine.

    Water tests

  2. Protim Sarkar

    Protim Sarkar Well Known Member Member

    What is the temperature of the water?
  3. Pringlethesnail

    Pringlethesnail Well Known Member Member

    I can't see the fish very well in that picture but look up bacterial gill disease and symptoms. I had a gasping panting fish that had that.
  4. OP

    Zoe13 Valued Member Member

    Water temp is 77. After posting this thread, I realized I had moved the tank and not set up my air stone in it, and there isn't much surface movement without the air stone. I set the airstone up yesterday and she's doing much better now.