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Dealing with white spot or ich in mollies

Since I first encountered it, I’ve learnt more about white spot or ich in mollies.

If you have a molly which has white spots, here are some things to try:

1. Add a little aquarium salt to tank (1 tablespoon for every 5 gallons of water in aquarium). In the wild, mollies live in freshwater. However, in captivity, mollies are successfully kept in slightly brackish water. The bacteria which cause ich hates salt BUT check if other fish in tank will tolerate this.

2. Increase temperature slightly (up to a maximum of 82 degrees
Farenheit/28 degrees Celsius). A higher temperature helps get to get rid of the bacteria by speeding up their life cycle.

3. Big and frequent water changes.

4. Medicine which is suitable for all fish in tank (only if necessary as will likely cause stress to all fish and as directed on bottle).

Please let me know if you have any other recommendations which I could add to my list!


December 9, 2008 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

White Spot Strikes

Unfortunately, yesterday evening I noticed white spots on the black balloon molly. His eye also appeared to be swollen. It must have developed quickly as the spots had not been present a couple of hours earlier. I have read the balloon molly is prone to ich so immediately started treatment with Protozin.

This morning, there are still white spots on the molly but the swelling around the eye appears to have decreased. The treatment takes six days so there is still some way to go!

August 2, 2008 at 10:00 pm 1 comment

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