I have a adult silver molly that is getting over a swim bladder problem, I found her last week swimming round upside down and having a really hard time maneuvering (head down). I did some research and was recommended PimaFix by my LFS
. Thinking it might be a constipation issue (I had fed them a new type of pellet food from nutrafin) I fed her peas and gave her a epsom salt bath. The next day she was upright again, which was a great relief, but now a week later she still looks like there something wrong.
It seems there is a buoyancy problem like there is an air pocket near her head that keeps her sort of hunched over, with her tail down. Its also almost like her tail is paralyzed because she maneuvers with her side fins and just drags her little tail.
Now, I should also mention there are some red spots on her, that seem to be well under the skin (she is silver so somewhat transparent). They might be sores inside the swim bladder as they are on her top half only.
I've continued the Pimafix (removed carbon filter) for a week and i'm not sure that it has helped, I'm wondering what else I should try at this point.
I have raised the temp this last week to 81 degrees. All vitals are as they should be (ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate .3) and I keep salt in the water.
Any ideas/suggestions would be apreciated!
fresh water, Aquaclear 200 HOB
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