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anne
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big eyed mollies,,HELP????
« on: October 26, 2010, 04:49:55 PM »

CAN SOMEONE HELP ME PLZ,,I HAVE A SILVER MOLLIE AND ABOUT A WEEK AFTER I BOUGHT HER SHE HAD A HUGE LEFT EYE,,ANYWAY I SEPERATED HER AND TREATED HER WITH A BACTERIAL AND FUNGUS MED AND AFTER ABOUT A WEEK IT WENT BACK TO NORMAL,,,WELL IV JUST BOUGHT A FEMALE DALMATION MOLLIE AND NOE THAT HAS A HUGE LEFT EYE,,IM TOTALLY BAFFELED.  I TEST MY WATER WEEKLY AND THATS ALL FINE,,,,THE ONLY SIMILARITY BETWEEN THESE MOLLIES IS MY SILVER ONE JUST HAD BABIES WHEN HER EYE WENT UP,,AND MY DALATION ONE IS PREGNANT I PRETTY SURE,,ANY ADVICE WOULD BE GRATEFUL. Huh
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Re: big eyed mollies,,HELP????
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2010, 05:51:23 PM »

hmmm.. never experienced sth like this, maybe you can ask the in the pet shop? Hope they do have knowledgeable people there.

Nossie and Mindemae will sure know some more about this symptom.

I feel so sorry I cannot help more, but maybe you did the right thing with your first fish, so consider treating your 2nd one the same way ?
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anne
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Re: big eyed mollies,,HELP????
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2010, 07:15:00 PM »

thx hanna,,its a mystery to me,,i dont know if its just coinsidence (excuse spelling) that both were pregnant females and it was the left eye with both.
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Re: big eyed mollies,,HELP????
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2010, 07:26:25 PM »

I don't have any experience with Mollies at all, sorry. Undecided
Nossie has more experience since she had mollies I believe quite some time.
I hope she can help you and give you some advice.
I've never seen or heard of that condition before.
I guess the only thing I could think of is to ask you what exactly are the water test results in ppm, for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and pH.  I've only heard of it happening to fish if the parameters especially the nitrites are up by 1 point.  Some fish are extremely sensitive to nitrites which really is a less toxic form of ammonia. OR nitrates are above 40ppm.
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Re: big eyed mollies,,HELP????
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2010, 02:54:43 AM »

I had lots of mollies, but none of them were ever sick! Except that they got fin rot at some point when I noticed that the water was pretty full of nitrates >> I was changing water 5 million times that week.

Anyways, I don't have any experience with it either, but protruding eye or eyes can usually mean two things: Pop eye, or fish tuberculosis/wasting disease.
Pop eye can be caused by bacterial infections, parasites, poor water quality and internal disorders.
There's usually only one or two fish that show these symptoms and it won't contaminate others, it can usually go away on its own. But if large numbers of fish start showing these symptoms, it could have something to do with water quality, or parasites.
It's usually working when separating the affected fish and treating them with anti-bacterial medication, like you did Smiley While feeding them a good, varied diet. Think, flakes, vegetables and live foods.

Wasting Disease/TB
This is a bacterial infection, so I'd highly suggest that you'd separate your molly and treat her with the same medication as before! Only, you can skip the fungal medication completely.
Although this disease has a few other symptoms to it, look for ulcers, loss of appetite, emaciation, fin rot or listless behavior.
It's a bit more difficult to treat and may even need injections of antibiotics if the bacterial medication won't work.

Now, I'm pretty sure your fish is "simply" suffering from pop eye, which is far easier to deal with Smiley Just do like you did before and treat her in the hospital tank. To avoid these symptoms in the future, you need to keep the water quality good, and feed them with live foods and some veggies from time to time Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2010, 06:18:42 PM »

thx for the help,,ill seperate her and treat with melifix,,i had mollies altogether now for 3 month and have found none of them are enjoying peas too much,,any advice on other veg i can try with them,,i was thinking cucumber but im not sure Roll Eyes Wink
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Re: big eyed mollies,,HELP????
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2010, 03:37:10 AM »

Keep an eye on her if you're treating with Melafix, that's not really a medication, and if you notice that she's getting worse, buy some proper anti-bacterial med and treat her with that instead! Melafix is not designed to kill any bacteria whatsoever but only to strengthen the fish so that it can fight off infections on its own. But when more visible symptoms are visible, you may need something stronger that's actually meant to work!

That's just a warning, if it'll work with Melafix only, the better! Smiley But observe the molly's behavior and if her eyes are getting any worse Smiley

Cucumber is good! I've given those to our mollies and they ate out the soft middle part where the seeds are, so some strange rings were left d: You could also try, since mollies are algae grazers, to buy some dried seaweed or algae wafers Smiley Maybe some vegetable flakes too? They usually have algae in them! Smiley
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