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Skwishee
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Goldfish Digestion
« on: November 26, 2011, 05:41:34 PM »

Hey guys,

I just wanted to ask a quick question as I nearly went crazy just now XD
Lucky was doing the biggest red poop I have ever seen in my life!
I freaked out, thought it was blood an internal infection or something, then went crazy trying to take a photo, but she was like 'I'm gonna swim over here, move just as you take the photo... and swim back over here' XD

Then upon inspecting the poop (I scooped a little bit out with a net) it reminded me of the blood worm I fed her last week. Is it possible that, that's what it was? Does it really take a week for them to digest and poop things back out? I know they have a tiny stomach and extremely long internal tract, but I just wanted to ask.

I'm not feeding her anything but a little bit of a pea tomorrow, so will be doing a water test and change just to make sure everythings okay in there. Might ease up on the food, a bit worried I might be over feeding her after that poop was so long! So half the amount of flakes in the morning and only a little bit at night.

I just wondered if it is possible to be something she ate last week? Otherwise I will be extremely worried!
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2011, 05:59:12 PM »

Bloodworms are rich in protein and fat, and should only be fed no more than once a week. I shouldn't worry, Doris did  an enormous cast today . Are you using the bloodworm in red jelly? I've noticed that turns the poop quite rich

Off topic , which part of Cwmru do you live in ?
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2011, 06:43:24 PM »

Ah ha! So tetra and its bloodworms in gel are to blame!
Thank you Scrivens, I can sleep in peace now!
Yes I feed her seldomly with blood worms, but last week I did feed her them, twice on two different evenings, because I didn't want to waste the entire packet, as she only needs to eat little portions and I often find I still have lots in the little packet and hate throwing them away with so much waste, so I only feed her blood worms, once every so often. So not feeding it often and then seeing poop I hadn't seen before, well that explains it!

As for Cymru, I'm in South Wales  Cheesy Have been here for about a year and half now, what about yourself?
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2011, 08:01:21 AM »

I'm in   Aberystwyth  3-hours from civilisation in all directions!


keep an eye on the poop....... despite what many people say it's quite hard to overfeed goldfish, it just keeps the tank a lot cleaner if you keep them lean & mean.

try him on veggies, mine love sweetcorn and tomato, but don't fancy peas as much.
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2011, 08:18:07 AM »

Lucky loves brocolli which is what she has last night for tea , she is becoming quite the magician of the food dissapearing act, I swear last night I watched her eating the brocolli, looked at the computer for like 5 minutes and when I looked back it had gone! Cheesy I also treat her to courgette, freeze dried tubifex and give her peas once a week. Also I thought sweet corn was bad for goldfish?

I am considering getting some frozen products, in Pets at home, they had 5 things for 10 on frozen food, I would have gone for it, had I a) been worried the stuff would de-thaw on the bus home and b) do I have enough freezer space for my food and 5 packets of frozen fish food? XD c) How long will this food last? As it will take me months to get through one packet!

I'm also thinking of doing an experiment, such as, not feeding Lucky anything red, then seeing what happens. Then if there is still red poop, I'll know it's something else going on and not just the food!

Ah Aberstwyth! I've never been there, is it nice?
I live in Cardiff Cheesy It's a pain in the butt trying to find decent aquatic places here though, so far I only have my LFS and Pets at home! Everything else is out of the way in places like Chepstow or Wrexham XD
I even found a nice Aquarists Society, but it's on the other side of Wales >.<
North Wales Aquarists Society, maybe you've heard of it, being further up that way?
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2011, 02:37:10 PM »

here is a view towards the North from about 2 miles up cwm rheidol..
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2011, 04:28:29 PM »

I usually feed my fish blood worms twice a week without problems Smiley Frozen, freeze-dried and in gel.
However, when a goldfish is digesting the food normally, you shouldn't even see the poop being stuck in the fish, it should simply fall out in crumbles, more or less (embarrassing subject *blush* xD). So whenever the food is sort of trailing after the fish, it means you fed a little bit too much Smiley It's a good way for me to notice who got too much food during the feedings Wink

Usually the best way to go about feeding is to give a very small amount of food, but instead feed them between 2-4 times a day, depending on the age of the fish. Usually 3 is a perfect in-between amount of feedings since only small baby fish and larger breeders will need to eat 4 times Smiley
Goldfish have a complete lack of a stomach to store the food and gradually get the nutrients out of it, so they need it in several smaller portions instead. And it's also good to have a day every week or every second week where you don't feed the fish at all or only give peas in the morning to sort of empty their digestive tract. Many people have a day of fasting for their fish and advice others to do it. I just skip feeding for a few days when I'm at my parents' place Cheesy
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2011, 05:57:56 PM »

Yeah all she had today was a little bit of pea, I usaully keep her pea-only days to Sunday, just means I don't have to get up right away in the morning  Cheesy

I also usaully feed her twice a day, she seems to be growing fine with being fed this way, I think I'll just keep an eye on her, I must admit it that red poop, I haven't seen any poop quite that long, for several weeks, so I think it may have just been a little too much blood worm in one go, it's hard to get suitable amounts when the packets are so annoying and just spurt everywhere XD I'm seriously thinking of buying one or two frozen things when I'm next out. What flavours could you guys recommend?
I saw so many in pets at home, that declared they were suitable for cold water, I did not know where to begin!

There were so many like Daphnia, Bloodworms, Shrimp, Krill, Brine shrimp, Cyclops (what ever that is? I couldn't help but think they'd been killing the mythical creatures!)..... Anything in particular that's good for them? I keep seeing this ingrediant called Spirulina mentioned as well....

Oh and Scrivens that view is beautiful! The only downer of living in the city! But Roath Park here is pretty awesome, I saw a massive fish in the lake the other day Grin Plus they have this botanical house, with a massive pond, with terrapins (I think?) and some of the biggest carp, koi and goldfish I have ever seen  Shocked Some were so big, I swear I could have reached in and given it a little hug!
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2011, 05:14:49 AM »

I know Cyclops is a tiny microscopic animal you find in ponds.
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2011, 05:45:01 AM »


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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2011, 06:01:06 AM »

Ahh thanks Scrivens!

I only fed her a few flakes this morning, but after reading your information about the long and thick poop, I don't think I'll feed her again until Wednesday or Thursday. I'll also keep in mind to give her a few days off food generally once a month or so.
I am going away in December, so she'll have a week off then anyway!

Didn't know that about cyclops fantailer, thanks for the info!
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2011, 08:34:41 AM »

 Cheesy it's come to this has it, now were talking about fish poo, lol... very informative stuff though. cheers > Ron
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2011, 12:30:44 PM »

I would get something like Krill, these are small shrimp that live in the northern parts of the Atlantic ocean (if my memory serves), these are very high in healthy Omega 3 oils and carotene which will naturally enhance Lucky's color Smiley
Their shells are also high in fiber, which is good for the digestive system, a common trait for most shrimp of course c:

I have some spirulina-based pellets for my fish, this is a kind of algae which is supporting the color enhancing properties of other foods and are rich in vitamins. My pellets are a kind of color enhancing stuff, so it's pretty much all-in-one Wink They're pretty small though, but I soak them in garlic so that they grow puffy Cheesy
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2011, 07:39:44 AM »

Ahh so that's what spirulina is! I have seen some frozen foods with it in  Smiley
Lucky is fasting now until Thursday, I figured 2 and 1/2 days would be okay.

I also found some pellets in pets at home the other day, so would these be good for Lucky - (Link is not visible to guests. Please register to view.)

I will also keep a note, to get some frozen Krill for her, along with the pellets if they're okay to use Cheesy
Then I can order some Guarlic Guard on Amazon!

Also how long does frozen food keep for generally? As I imagine one packet will last me ages.
I can defrost one block of the food and that will be plenty, I'm sure I can keep it in the fridge for a few days as I slowly use it up?

Man I cannot wait until I have more goldfish, I'm sure it will be slightly easier to feed 3 than get tiny amounts of everything for 1 XD
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2011, 07:48:08 AM »

I use Aquarian pellets Smiley, .... you can get dried bloodworms at petsathome, much easier to give small doses than the Tetra in jelly
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« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2011, 07:49:21 AM »

Yeah I picked up freeze dried Tubifex at the Range, so good suggestion for Bloodworms in that form too! Thanks  Grin

If only I could wrap all this food stuff up and give to her as a Christmas present  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2011, 10:12:54 AM »

Them pellets look just perfect, get her some of those Wink

Everything freeze-dried is much easier to feed than frozen foods, I have my bloodworms frozen into this big block, so I break off pieces and thaw only what I will feed the fish with for the day Smiley If that would be a possibility there too, it'd be great!
I'm pretty sure that the frozen food will last virtually forever as long as you won't accidentally thaw the entire package. So you could probably have a little bit of it in the fridge for a day or two after feeding Smiley
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #17 on: November 29, 2011, 10:45:44 AM »

I've just fed mine some water-cress...they go mad for that Grin
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #18 on: November 29, 2011, 03:34:42 PM »

Noss: The frozen food I'm considering getting, comes in blister packs like this, so it easy to get one little bit off =)
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They also have tubs which you click to dispense food too!
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A handy company indeed  Cheesy

Scrivens: Water cress? That's interesting... How did you prepare it for them  Smiley
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2011, 04:21:54 AM »

I just chuck the water cress in and watch them rip it to shreds.....just a few stalks left after a few mins Cool
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« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2011, 04:37:16 AM »

Looks nice Smiley
But I have had a jar with a clickable lid: not useful at all Tongue
It doesn't feel right when I can't 100% control how much food goes in the tank. What if I want like, one and a half click and not two? D: *not that it matters much*

I bet it's nicer hand-feeding Lucky either way Wink
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2011, 01:21:40 PM »

Yeah it's been weird not feeding her these past two days. I saw some of her poop in the water today and it's back to being short and chunky, so I think her digestion has sorted itself out now!

I don't know how you manage feeding so many fish Noss Cheesy I do enjoy hand feeding her though, nothing beats those little fishy nibbles, I like to pretend their fishy kisses XD
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« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2011, 04:17:02 PM »

Good to hear that Lucky is back to normal again! Cheesy

Oh, I just put in some pellets, little by little until I know everyone had their share Smiley I put it pretty slowly so that they'll manage to catch it before it floats away or sinks out of reach (they'll of course go digging for the food later but I'm just not happy with so much of it drifting away).

I got some flakes today and tried feeding them from just below the surface, and the goldfish loved it! Cheesy I did the same as with the pellets basically, I just held the food until they ate it, then I took a little more Smiley Raven took a few mouthfuls! I'm so glad she's that good at getting food for herself Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2011, 07:16:11 PM »

nossie you must update your signature thing to include raven!  Tongue
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« Reply #24 on: December 01, 2011, 03:21:51 AM »

RITE! *updates*
I knew I shouldn't keep a list of the fish in my signature... xD
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #25 on: December 01, 2011, 05:51:02 AM »

Hahaha XD Lucky had some food again today  Smiley I got some fishy nibbles to say hello and she happily wolfed the flakes down! It was quite funny watching her chase the last flake though, I let it float in the water, she started to chase it but it got pushed up to the top by the bubbles and so she gave up, then it floated back down into the water, she started chasing it again and again it went up into the bubbles XD It came back down in time for her to grab it, but she was being quite funny, bless her.

It's also amusing when she's chasing a flake and as it lands in the gravel, she stops going after it and then comes back up to me for more XD It's almost like she see's it land in the gravel and thinks '...I'll get that one later' XD

Last night though I wanted some fishy nibbles from her, so stuck my fingers in the tank to say hello, she was not having any of it! She didn't even bother to come up and say hi, just carried on swimming around, I was like, well if your going to be like that! XD Maybe she was grumpy I hadn't been feeding her Tongue
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« Reply #26 on: December 01, 2011, 05:55:41 AM »

Aww! Maybe she did get a little cranky Wink "I WANT MY SNACK! D8 I hate you mommy :'c" Wink

My oranda, Baby, seems a little distant too, she won't come for food until she knows for sure that it landed! Otherwise she stays a little farther away just nibbling some half-interesting items. I hope she'll come around, she's growing like a boss Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: December 01, 2011, 05:57:27 AM »

Well this morning she must have sensed there was food, she came up to me pretty quick!
Or she just saw me opening the tub of flakes in front of the tank  Wink
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Re: Goldfish Digestion
« Reply #28 on: December 01, 2011, 06:03:41 AM »

Nice Wink When I soak food I take a little bit in my fingers at a time, simulating the amount I'd put in the tank, only I put it in a little cup, and the fish almost have that "WHAT?! Why isn't it landing in the tank? I know she put it here!! D8" kind of look xD
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« Reply #29 on: December 01, 2011, 07:06:43 AM »

Hahaha aww I can imagine that XD

It's so cute how much personality they have! I must admit I am also beginning to love fantails and their little wiggly swim  Grin
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