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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-27-2014, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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My son wanted some balloon mollies. (I don't like them) Well they are flashing. I have a heavily planted tank. Not sure what to do. Not sure how to treat them. I can put them in a 5 gal bucket with an airline and treat them. How long and what do I use. My other fish do not flash. Just the balloon mollies. Water parameters are good. I have a 75 gal. With LOTS of plants. Please help on this matter. Thank You
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-27-2014, 01:17 AM
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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.
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