Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Contra Costa CA
Balloon fish are fish with distorted spines, the way a child might have scoliosis, but in a different direction. Their internal organs are compromised so the fish is under constant stress and are less hardy. I would not support such treatment.
Mollies are very tolerant of salt, so I would add some salt to the quarantine tank like this:
First day 1 teaspoon per 5 gallons. Dissolve the salt in water and pour it in slowly, over several hours.
Second day, repeat.
Third day, repeat.
The dose is now 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons. Not many plants are going to like this, so if you add just some trimmings to the Q-tank the Mollies can hide in the floating plants.
Mollies are hard water fish, thriving in water with high GH and KH.
They are not community tank fish.
Flashing suggests an irritant.
Wrong pH, ammonia, or pests such as Ich or other external parasites.