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Hello,

I just recently had a molly with fungus and a minnow with open sores/missing scales and treated the tank with Fungus Guard. The molly lost the fungus and the minnow died a couple days later. I did 2 treatments worth = 3 tablets for 30 gallon for 4 days, 25% water change then retreated with 3 tablets for 4 days.

1-1.5 weeks later and the same molly showed signs of fungus again and tail rot. A few more mollies with tail rot too. I'm retreating with the remaining Fungus Guard and tomorrow will be day 4 of round one.

The molly originally with fungus, no longer has it, but now a new Molly does. One of my larger ones. Here are photos so you can help identify what this is or confirm that it is fungus. It almost seemed this fish starting showing symptoms after starting treatment.









If you suspect its something else like ick or parasites, what medication should I use with Corys in the tank?

Thanks for any help you can give! I will be able to purchase new or more of the same med tomorrow.
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Thank you all! I will crank up the heat and buy the med just in case! I would assume raise the heat slowly? It's currently at 76 and I just set it to 81. I will also go ahead and complete a large water change now and put the carbon back in to give them some rest from the medication.

Question, what about my cories? Will that med be ok with cories and I heard salt is not ok with cories?

I have a 30g. Cories, white cloud mountain minnows, and the mollies.
All the mollies in my tank were bred in my tank. I finally had to get rid of the dad and install a second OTB filter, which greatly improved the water quality. My cory's are actually growing in new barbles! I probably have about 20 mollies, mostly juvenile size still though. I try to clean the tank weekly, removing about 3 gallons.

Thanks again for your comments and help!
 

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The cories don't like salt,but are sometimes sensitive to meds also.
Raise temp slowly as you say,over a day or two.
The white clouds are cool water fish(some cories also) so keep an eye on them.Add extra oxygen with an air pump if you have one,otherwise lower tank water level so HOB will splash alittle more returning

3 gallons a week on a stocked 30?Shoot for 10-15g a week if possible.
Your water quality is the issue IMO.
I agree, I will be trying to sell them to my LFS, but not if they are sick. I will up my water cleanings. I do have an air pump and will use that with the temp increase.

So NO on salt with my cories...any other opinions with kordon rid ich plus?
They've been doing fine with fungus guard.

Bump: and here she is today. Looks slightly better than yesterday, but still spotty.



 

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While on the expensive end paragaurd will eradicate ich without having to change temp or worry about scaleless fish. It is completely safe and you just add the amount each day. It took two bottles for my 65g at about $25 total. Not bad but completely safe and easy. No need to worry about oxygen levels due to high temps or the effects of salt on cories and other sensitive fish. My 2 cents.
Thanks, I will look for Paraguard!

The spots are falling off!
They are now multiplying in your substrate(possibly by hundreds or thousands!).
Vac the sub for waterchange to remove as many as possible.
It is ONLY while the ich is off the fish you can kill it.
Cleaning now, I'm sure this second molly got infected when the spots fell of the original molly.
Cleaning substrate now!

Thanks everyone!
 

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Ordered the Paraguard online Sunday night as I couldn't locate it locally. Shipped yesterday so hopefully receive in the next day or two.

Currently none of the fish have visible spots. Once I get the Paraguard, how long should I treat the tank with no visible signs of the Ich?

I then need to sell off or donate some Mollies to my LFS...this morning I spotted a young male! Among all the babies, most (i thought all) turned out to be girls. In the words of Jeff Goldblum, "Life uh...finds a way." lol ... and the little guy is already harassing the ladies that are much bigger than he is!
 

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Thanks Coralbandit for those guidelines. Yes, I will check the bottle when it arrives and start treatment.

Wow! That's crazy...Didn't know that about mollies. As they grow, I've been focused on the anal fin, all appeared fan shaped -- so that changes!? I got rid of the main male fish who created 30+ babies in the span of a few months, which now I have about 20 who made it past the fry stage.

The oldest Molly in my tank will be 1 yr old in March. The younger ones were born around June.
 
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