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Help me please!! White, stringy poo and not eating...

Discussion in 'FreshWater General Discussion' started by Goldiegupp, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. Goldiegupp

    Goldiegupp Medium Fish

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    Hey guys!
    I recently purchaced an adorable silver fantail goldfish from walmart (big mistake I know, I never try to buy my fish from chain stores but it was a brand new shipment and he looked super healthy...ya ya, no excuses...) and now somethings wrong! Terribly wrong :( He won't eat at all.. he tries to but then spits it out (hint #1 something was amis) and I found the biggest, stringiest, most discusting poo EVER in his tank!!! Ahhhh!! Maybe internal paracites? if so, I have jungle paracite clear on hand...(for both internal and external paracites)

    Also, My tank set up is 10 gallons with a 2 inch red cap oranda and a female guppy. Sponge filter, bubble stone, gravel, plants...all in check. Although I don't think any of this has anything to do with his problem...my Red Cap has been getting along swimmingly ever since I got her.

    I would SOOOOO appreciate any advice from you guys! Thanks!
     


  2. anshuman

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    newman calls this white string of doom, i have no idea why he says that, maybe he will chime in.
     
  3. Goldiegupp

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    Uh oh....that doesn't sound encouraging...

    Also, I am into guppies as well, I hope whatever this mysterious thing is won't pass to my female if they are in the same tank... OR MY RED CAP! Should I take them out to prevent his problem from spreading???
     
  4. anshuman

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    if you have spare tank (Hospital tank) then highly recommend you to move the sick fish out.
     
  5. Goldiegupp

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    Alrighty, thanks..unfortunately I don't have a big one, just a 1 1/2 gallon jar i use in emergancies, and that stresses them. His behavior seems normal, but i'm worried about the not eating part. Oh and there are no unusual lumps on his body as well.
     
  6. anshuman

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    You are better off adding 1tbsp/5gallon aquarium salt (basically non-iodised salt) in the tank, all fish perk up and maybe your goldie will start to eat.
     
  7. Goldiegupp

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    Yeppers, Ive got that in there already...but thanks. It's like he's hungry, he zooms up to the food, sucks it up, then makes a face and spits it out. I tried peas but got the same reaction. Don't wanna loose him...or my other fishies...
     
  8. anshuman

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    may have some throat infection, i am just spit balling here so no idea really. try blanched spinach, boil till the spinach/roman lettuce goes soft and gooey, cool it under water and float it attached to string or aquarium clip if you got, watch all go mad eating it.
     
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    Ok i shall try that. Ive also heard that white stringy poo happens from stress??? I hope thats the case.
     
  10. Goldiegupp

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    I'm boiling the lettuce right now...it smells a little unapatizing :b Thanks for the tip, maybe tempting him with a delicious snack will encourage his apitite.

    I just got him three days ago...maybe he just isn't settled in yet, and thats what I'm hoping for *crossed fingers*
     
  11. anshuman

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    you have no idea how crazy they go for this dish. (same with blanched deseeded cucumber, brocolli ) . this is old video of my goldfish pair YouTube - Goldfish going crazy for blanched spinach

    Boil just for 4-5 mins max, it should start breaking from veins when boiling.


    BTW your goldie is probably assimiating, fat and healthy ones can go week without food, so no need to panic really. Good luck. :) let us know.
     
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    Uh oh!

    Big red blotches spotted on his chin!

    Perhaps internal bleeding?!

    This is not good...

    Maybe thats why he isn't eating.

    What could they be???
     
  13. anshuman

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    throat / gill infection and then bleeding. Do you have Seachem prime? it acts as stress reliever or you can get similar product. No other idea how to go bout this.
     
  14. Goldiegupp

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    Sigh...
    I was afraid of that. No, i don't really have many meds on hand, but maybe a salt bath??
    I'm just as clueless...But thanks for all your help. I'll keep you all posted...
     
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    I think I'm gonna try giving him a salt bath today (after i feed the lettuce of course) and then that might help improve the infection.
     
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    I fed the lettuce and same story. He races over all excited, chews it for a while, then PHUT! spits it out. My red caps a little piggy though - she's all over it :b

    I did a little research and found out that if the infection isn't too serious good water quality for a while might help him get better, so I'm not panicking anymore..

    Today is Saturday, so for me that means 40% water change...I'm hoping this will clear up after a while.

    One more thing, are throat/gill infections contagious to other fish?
     
  17. anshuman

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    from what i have read, infections are never contagious but if any bacteria/virus starts hosts on that infection, then it will populate and send eggs in water and then other infection spreads . ICH does this. so its always recommended to keep sick goldie or fish in hospital tank, that way you need less meds and easy to keep changing clean water and warm it etc.

    otherwise you can keep the water warm and clean in main tank, does good to everyone.
     
  18. Goldiegupp

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    Thanks, anshuman.

    I did a 40% water change yesterday and good news! My fishy Sterling seems to be much improved. He ate some boiled lettuce and fish food and now the redness on his chin seems to be going down. (I put a higher concentration of salt in the tank to prevent it from getting worse or spreading, and I vacuumed the gravel thouroghly.) Not only that but he seems to be more active and less lethargic, for which I am relieved :) He also passed a regular stool.

    Thank you so much for all your help, and thanks for the welcome!
     
  19. anshuman

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    WUHOOOO LETTUCE DID IT...... HI FI...Hi fives everywhere.


    Actually lettuce makes goldfish healthy , they not only perk up goldfish but sooth goldfish digestive system, throat , intestine. The manufactured pellet food is too intense on nutrient factor (because goldies have no stomach, intestine is not efficient absorber of nutrients, so need high-nutrition food) but stress the intestine.

    Green veggies are easy on digestive system, it de-stresses them. weekly green veggies will keep your fishies healthy.

    Your goldie will recover. Keep changing his diet. with dry tubifex, dry bloodworms, pelets and then greenies, prevents malnutrition, makes then healthy. :) I must stop now , i can go on and on regarding goldfish :D.


    let us know for any trouble. :)
     
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