Molly with fungus?

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I've had my mollies for a few weeks now and they're all doing fine, but now one had swim bladder issues and I cured him, then another has internal parasites and not eating (she's in a hospital tank right now) and now I have another molly with some white dot on it's tail fin. It doesn't look like ich but a kind of fungus? Need a 2nd opinon. Water parameters are fine. I just did a water change the day before yesterday and I have 4 mollies in a 20g tall.
 

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I’ve had bad luck myself with livebearers. Maybe try getting them from a different source next time. I’m sorry you are having so much trouble :(
 
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I’ve had bad luck myself with livebearers. Maybe try getting them from a different source next time. I’m sorry you are having so much trouble :(
I'm going to try to find some local breeders, but around here even the LFS is sketchy. All of their fish look unhappy and I almost feel like calling someone to check it out and see if it can be reported. There's not many places to get fish except for at a chain store. That's where these mollies are from and I understood the risks, but didn't realize how drastic and quick the infections took over. This is why I decided to start breeding and selling around here because I'll probably be one of the only local breeders in town. I just need a pair that won't get sick on me.

I just bought some melafix and pimafix to add to my hospital tank med supplies. It'll be in tomorrow with prime delivery so I hope I can try to cure them. I feel like it's more stressful for me than the fish! haha Fortunately, the female molly that's in the hospital tank is starting to eat a little bit.
 

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Yeah using medications stresses the fish out more than doing nothing haha. My honey gourami has had a columnaris-like infection for going on a month now that salt didn’t touch so now I’m trying the melafix and pimafix too, because every time I’ve tried removing and QT’ing with actual medications the fish dies even faster! My local LFS’s don’t seem great either. I drove 2.5 hours away to get my honey gourami trio. They’ve been healthy as a horse except for when this columnaris one jumped tank and I found him dried out. That’s how he got sick. If you don’t have anywhere good to buy from, maybe try looking at reputable online sources. Shipping sounds scary but sometimes it’s the best you got.
 
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Oh my gosh. That's crazy. Hopefully that doesn't happen to this female molly. She's been in this hospital tank for a week now with some parasite remedy medication. She's JUST NOW started eating, pecking around a tiny bit on the bottom of the tank of some flake food. I have 1 male and 2 females (3 females total) in the original tank just so I wouldn't stress the male fish out. Right now, I'm just hoping I get this current molly that has a white spot on her tail cured. It's just one spot and I don't remember it being there when I got her. Plus I don't think dalmatian mollies have white spots like that.

There's a few fish keeper YouTubers I watch and I'm thinking of buying from them next. Just because I've watched them for years and I trust what they do. Simply Betta, Michael's Fish Room and Predatory Fins. They really take GOOD care of their fish. But where it's been so hot this summer, I'm not sure how fish would survive the delivery. Simply Betta has a rule she doesn't ship fish over 90 degree weather.
 

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Yeah I wouldn’t ship unless there’s a few days of good weather. I want some more plants but it’s been too hot to ship any this month. As for the molly with a white spot, you may want to try a salt dip for it. A lot of things are easily solved with a good salt dip. I even dipped my corydoras when they got body fungus and it went away in one week following just one dip. In my opinion salt in the tank and/or salt dips are my first go-to for an illness before trying a ton of medications. As for your molly in quarantine, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Molly and platy fish aren’t super social, they put up with tankmates but don’t interact much. As long as you have a few things to hide in and peck on and it’s cycled it should be fine. Just don’t overdo it on meds. Run one at a time for the full course and then give the fish a week break before trying something new.
 

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