Molly with erratic swimming

  1. AngelicNerd

    AngelicNerd Member Member

    I have a lyretail Molly who doesn't seem to be doing too well. When she swims, she looks like she's trying to fold herself in half, just very jerky movements. Her eyes are a little bulgy, and she's staying pretty much in one spot near the top of the aquarium. Any ideas?https://vimeo.com/169634863
     




  2. TexasDomer

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    AngelicNerd

    AngelicNerd Member Member

    It just started this afternoon. The tank is a 53 gallon, 36x18x21 in. pH is 7.5, temp 76, Am 0, Nitrites 10, Nitrates 30. I do water changes once a week, about 20%.
     




  4. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    If nitrites are 10, that's a big problem. Nitrites are very toxic. Do multiple large changes (50%+) to get the nitrites below 0.5 ppm. That could very easily be the issue.

    When your tank gets cycled again, I would increase your weekly changes to 50%.
     
  5. BamBamSorg

    BamBamSorg Well Known Member Member

    Do you know about the nitrogen cycle??
     
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    AngelicNerd

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    Ack! Not 10. This is what I get for trying to write it from memory. Nitrites are 1. Not 10. I am new to aquariums, but I sure hope I'm not that ignorant. ;)
     
  7. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    1 is still alarming. I'd do at least a 50% water change now, and again tomorrow.
     
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    AngelicNerd

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    Okay. Will do.
     
  9. BamBamSorg

    BamBamSorg Well Known Member Member

    Im just asking sorry if I made you mad :( im just wondering
     
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    AngelicNerd

    AngelicNerd Member Member

    No BamBam, I was frustrated at myself, not you! Totally not mad.
     
  11. BamBamSorg

    BamBamSorg Well Known Member Member

    Oh ok lol I didnt want to leave you all mad at me. Lol its funny cause everyone calls me BamBam. At school people call me BamSorg XD its really funny
     
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    AngelicNerd

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    Well, she seems to be doing better this morning after the water change. I didn't have time to test my parameters before I had to head to work but I'll still do another water change tonight.
     
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    AngelicNerd

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    Tests today show 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 30 nitrate, but the jerky swimming is back.

    Edit: Been watching her off and on for the past half hour or so. It almost looks like weakness, like she has too hard of a time swimming in place so it gets jerky.
     
  14. BamBamSorg

    BamBamSorg Well Known Member Member

    Do you have any chlorine or dangerous chemicals that accidentally spilled in?
     
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    AngelicNerd

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    No chlorine, but I did start dosing liquid CO2 and ferts for my plants. I did a rescape the other day and added a bunch of plants that I'd ordered. Do you think the plants might have brought something along??
     
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    AngelicNerd

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    Aaaand I just figured out what's wrong with her probably. Male's too obsessed. Blargh. Guess I need to either take the male back or get another female. (I've got two. Just read it needs to be 3:1 not 2:1 like I thought.)