my black molly is acting wierd Help

Discussion in 'Molly' started by red020804, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. red020804Valued MemberMember

    today we noticed that our black molly has tiny white dots all over his body and fins. We figure this to be ick. today he has started hovering in the vertical postion. when he isnt doing that he is still acting normal and eating the same as usual (being a pig.) lol also this is not stoping him from trying to mate with the females in the tank. we put medication in the tank for the ick so hopefully it will clear up soon. my question is him going in the vertical postion is that a normal symptom of ick or is something else wrong with him? im attaching some pics of him in the vertical postion. now he doesnt swim vertically its like when he stops swimming he just floats into that postion till he swims after the girls again.

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  2. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Welcome to FishLore!
    That is not a normal symptom of ICK. What kind of meds are you using and what is the tank temp.
  3. red020804Valued MemberMember

    the temp is at 74-76 F and the medication is called rid ick
  4. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    aww poor molly ....
    sounds like a combo of things...probably ammonia/nitrites are getting to the molly...heres a link on the tank and how it needs to be cycled asap to keep the fish safe and at this point you now have fish so you need either some amquel+ or prime water conditioner to start daily partial water changes to keep the fish alive ...api makes a great liquid master test kit that would help you know where exactly your tank stands right now...good luck!
  5. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Your water temp needs to be raised to at least 84F in order to kill the ICH.
    If you so choose ypu\\ou can treat for ICH by raising the temp and doing water changes and substrate vacuums instead of using meds.
  6. red020804Valued MemberMember

    thanks for the info. right now we cant buy a heater so hopefully the meds and water changes will help for now and i also raised the temp in our home so maybe that will help raise the temp some.

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