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Q. About Stringy White Poop

Postby marten » Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:57 pm

I've occasionally notice some stringy white poop over the past year or so. Fish look healthy, and there are no other signs of problems. Is this symptom by itself an indication of anything, or is it just normal?
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Re: Q. About Stringy White Poop

Postby DJRansome » Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:26 pm

It means the fish on that occasion is passing mucous instead of fecal matter.

This can be normal on occasion or people see feces with some solid food colored sections and some clear sections. Normal.

If the fish passes nothing but mucous it can mean food is not moving through the digestive system. Something that catches your attention and causes you to look for issues. If he is also not eating then it is likely a symptom of a blockage.

A common illness people refer to as bloat can have symptoms of not eating and thready white or clear feces.
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Re: Q. About Stringy White Poop

Postby marten » Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:12 pm

Thanks for that explanation. I didn’t know it was mucous. And yeah I’ve always seen it with bits of normal feces. And I always pay close attention to how the fish is eating after seeing that.


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Re: Q. About Stringy White Poop

Postby Ichthys » Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:09 am

If it happens regularly it’s often a symptom of Capillaria.
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Re: Q. About Stringy White Poop

Postby patcage » Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:47 am

Im in Canada with no medications available due to the government putting a ban- any suggestions for me? I've lost 6 fish already
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Re: Q. About Stringy White Poop

Postby DJRansome » Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:13 am

Epsom salt can help if some of your fish are still healthy. Isolate any aggressive fish. Can your vet prescribe metronidazole for your fish?
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Re: Q. About Stringy White Poop

Postby marten » Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:36 pm

I’m also in Canada, and it seems that some people are still able to get meds like metro. I’m not sure if they found some kind of loophole, or done something illegal, so I’m curious how they’re doing that. But it sure makes me try to be as proactive as I can with my fish.


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