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annie
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excretion
« on: April 25, 2010, 05:38:28 AM »

hello, yes i know its not nice but,my 2 goldfish hace 10 or more cm of slime like wormish stuff coming from theree bottoms,and this morning 1 has died at the bottom of tank,please can anyone help,i pulled off the slime on the bigger fish and it looked like intestine or sausage like annie
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Re: excretion
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2010, 05:51:42 AM »

Can you tell us a little more about your tank setup..   

Is there an aquarium filter or air stone? What about the water parameters such as ammonia, nitrite and nitrate? When was the last time you did a water change and did you use a water dechlorinator or conditioner? How many times do you feed the fish per day?

Try and look the physical appearance of the surviving goldfish and see if you notice any physical changes other than what you described above. Do you see any red sores , ripped fins, etcc?
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annie
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Re: excretion
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2010, 09:07:08 AM »

o thanks for answering,its a 60 liter tank ,i changed the water last sunday,and also covered the tank on 3 sides as i had a lot of algea and my room is very light,i also changed food pellets,and feed them 1 per day,they looked bloated to me,but otherwise healthy,i have a filter for air and water,
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Nossie
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Re: excretion
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2010, 12:06:36 PM »

Your fish might have some sort of intestinal worms actually, or some other kind of internal disease. It would be easier to determine if you'd have a microscope and check a sample of the stool to be sure if there's anything wrong there.

But otherwise, if you say that they look bloated, they might just be infected. Are there any other symptoms?
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Hanna
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Re: excretion
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2010, 03:39:34 PM »

I posted my reply under "Health and Illnes", sorry I cannot help more... Sad
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Re: excretion
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2010, 02:25:18 AM »

thanks for help,but my remaining fish Jeremy is now only hanging out at the bottom and he still has this stuff coming out from his bottom,have changed from pellets to flakes,water is clean .
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Re: excretion
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2010, 02:55:48 AM »

Maybe you should try not feeding him for a while. Just for a day or two and see if it helps.

A long string of excrement is a sign that the fish ate too much during a short period, and if your fish have a bloated appearance, they might just be a bit constipated. So you could try feeding them less, but many times during the day! It's very easy for a goldfish to get problems in his digestive tract since they can't store any food in their stomach.
You could try feeding them shelled peas after these few days and see if they get better (: The peas should clear out the digestive system of your fish!

And if it helps, I could list a few things that may be the cause of your fish sitting at the bottom:
- Water quality (which you checked already)
- Parasites, try looking for symptoms of these! Anything strange on the skin of the fish? Is there anything on their gills? Is there too much mucus on the fish's body? Is your fish rubbing himself on the tank sides/decor? Look for anything unusual!
- Swim bladder. This could be a symptom connected to the fish being constipated, so the peas and the few days without food should work fine!

If you want to, you could try adding some salt to the tank, it relieves the osmotic pressure on the fish's gills for one thing Wink
I hope your fish will be alright! (:
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annie1
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Re: excretion
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2010, 11:43:04 AM »

thank you,will try the peas tonight !what you say makes sense,but could possible overfeeding have caused the other fish to die ?annie
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Re: excretion
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2010, 02:39:06 AM »

If it was heavy over feeding to the degree that it polluted the water maybe...

But I did read recently that trailing excrement might be a sign of dropsy or hole in the head! And if your fish is bloated and all, this might be the case Sad Look if you see any small wounds on the face of the fish, and also if there are any scales standing out!
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