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Bon Bon
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poopstrings
« on: January 07, 2010, 02:28:05 PM »

Yes, you read it right. I can't stand it. LOL

What's your suggestions for avoiding poopstrings hanging around in the plants or decorations?

I don't even have that many items in the tank but it's annoying to see a poopstring just wrapping itself around a plant or a fake tree like Christmas decoration.

Not pretty.
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Patco
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2010, 08:08:48 PM »

Maybe it's a sign the fish are a little constipated? Do you feed them mostly commercial goldfish fish pellets or flakes? Trying giving them some vegetable matters such as boiled peas and see if it helps any. Too much plant fiber can cause diarrhea so you have to adjust their diet accordingly.
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Katarine
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2010, 01:22:00 AM »

Yea they're annoying. I believe its normal for fish to do that though. I mean, wouldn't it be nice if they pooped pellets instead of long stringy pieces of nastiness? You're best defense against that would just be to clean your decorations regularly, at least, that's my suggestion. Good luck to you!
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SeaWitch
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2010, 01:16:38 PM »

Stringy poop is a sign that something is wrong with your fish.  Healthy fish poo is short and the color of the food they eat, not long and stringy.  Your fish could be suffering from a bacterial infection or poor diet.
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Bon Bon
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2010, 01:36:21 PM »

thank you SeaWitch. I'm trying to feed them a variety of food such as different pellets and flakes and blood worm too. Maybe I'll do some fresh fruits or something else as well.
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Nossie
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2010, 03:06:30 PM »

I actually read that fishpoo is supposed to have a rather brown color and crumbly texture. And that if the poo actually has the same color as the food you gave them, something is wrong in their digestive system... but of course, if they have a diet rich on vegetable and plant matter, then it's only natural that it's a bit more green than if they eat pelleted food and bloodworms, for instance.
But it's not supposed to be stringy! So I think you might be overfeeding them a little. Try reducing the amount of food, but increase the times of feeding per day from 3-5 times. (By the way, you shouldn't give them bloodworms more than twice a week as a maximum! Goldfish can get constipated from too much of proteine.) But do try the peas! Cheesy
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Bon Bon
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2010, 03:17:46 PM »

Thank you, Nossie.

That explains a lot. I think I do like feeding them. But people at the stores said feed them 3 to 4 times a day and have them eat as much as they can each time. I thought that was too much so I only feed them twice a day or just about 3 pellets per fish and 3 times a day. I think that is still too much. I see they grow like Arnold Swcharzenegger. Well when he was the Terminator anyway. They were just medium size and now they can be my body guards.

I guess I need to slow down on feeding. I didn't feed them much on blood worms. Just once a while as a treat.
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2010, 04:18:49 PM »

Ah yes, I have heard about many different methods of feeding the fish, and all of them are supposed to be the best o_O
But so far I trust the one with many feedings a day in small amount the most, since I have rather clear and good reasons why (: It's because goldfish can't store proteins or any kind of nutrition in their body for long time (they don't have any stomache) and therefore they need just a small amount of food a few times a day.
I read about some specialist who's feeding his goldfish in that way you mentioned too, like, as much as they can eat for a couple of minutes twice a day or how it was. But I dunno... maybe that's meant for bigger goldfish?
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Bon Bon
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2010, 04:48:42 PM »

I guess so. These are just medium size or smaller so maybe one or two pellets each time and three to four times daily.
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2010, 01:58:28 AM »

cough, cough..
thought i would share some of my findings on this interesting topic  Grin

-medium to short chunky poop or poop that is the color the food = good sign - this is what you want
-long thin poop = not eating well, probably stress related
-long and thick = constipation or overfeeding - if overfeeding then the food is moving through the fish too fast without adequate time to be digested
-clear  = reabsorbed eggs
-dark and sausage like = gas trapped in floating foods, fish eating bubbles, foods being fermented by gas causing bacteria
no poo seen but the water is slightly brown - perhaps diarrhea that has blood - argg not a good sign 
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Bon Bon
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2010, 08:55:11 AM »

Thanks for the additional info, biffop.

I don't think it was that extreme but it was good to know. I hope they are not stressed. Two of them are now covered with white spots so I took them out to treat them in the hospital tank. They should get better because after one day the spots disappeared so perhaps they will fully recover.
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2010, 04:21:12 AM »

It might be an idea to treat your other fish for ich too, in case they already were contaminated by these two! At least before you move them back to their home (:
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2010, 11:50:42 AM »

Just because the white spots (Ich) has dropped off the fish does not mean that it is gone.  Ich drops off the fish and then lays it's eggs in the tank.  It is recommended to treat ich for several days.  I use a heater and aquarium salt to do this, but I guess you can also use those commercial ich treatments.  Salt is just safer and less harsh on the fish's systems.
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Bon Bon
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2010, 11:59:05 AM »

Thank you, Seawitch.
When the spots are gone I put the fish in a treated clean water and dump the yucky water away to get rid of the ich and their possible eggs in it. The treated clean water was set to sit there for days until the fish are all clean and ready for it. I hope that doesn't cause any other additional problem. It worked before twice for me but then again it could have been beginner luck?
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2010, 03:13:50 PM »

Ich's a parasite? i thought it was a bacterial infection! O_o
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Bon Bon
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2010, 03:33:11 PM »

thanks, nosie. I treated them all just in case. Still recovering.
Katherine, ich is a bacteria infection. We just went off topic a bit from the poopstring discussion.
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2010, 03:37:31 PM »

Well,  ich or Ichthyophthirius Multifiliis is actually a  parasite that is about the size of grain of sand and appears as tiny little white dots on the fish.  Parasites are often visible to the naked eye while bacteria can only be seen with a visual aid, such as a microscope. The ich parasite has a life cycle of around 10 days so you have to make sure the duration of the treatment is long enough to completely eliminate it.
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2010, 03:44:22 PM »

huh. very interesting. reason i asked is cuz im treating my common for ich. ANYWAY do peas clear up fecal issues in the fish?
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Bon Bon
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2010, 03:46:01 PM »

Oh I thought ich was caused by bacteria. hmmm either way I just can't stand it. Hate seeing the fish sick.
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But I guess the more I know what and how to treat them the better.
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2010, 03:47:58 PM »

true dat Bon Bon. :)I hate seeing fish sick. i hate having fish die too. Sad well, everyone here seems to know what theyre doing so as long as we follow everyone elses advice we all should do okay
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Re: poopstrings
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2010, 11:30:54 PM »

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huh. very interesting. reason i asked is cuz im treating my common for ich. ANYWAY do peas clear up fecal issues in the fish?

Depends on what type of "fecal issues" you are talking about.  Peas usually will help constipation.
As for ich, I usually treat with .3% salt and a temp of about 78 degrees.  Once I get my salt up to .3%, I let it stay that way for 10 days.  This will kill all the ich on the fish and the ones that hatch from the eggs, too.
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