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Old 09/12/2019, 11:10 AM   #1
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String poop

As some of you know I have 2 clowns in quarantine right now. Both doing pretty good. A lot of trial and error on my part as I work on setting up a prior method that works for me. Today I noticed one clown has a long stringy reddish/brown poop hanging from him. I have never seen it before and observe them in person at least 10-15 times a day (work at home). I also have one of my security cameras sitting next to the tank so I can see what they are up to if I am out of the house. Is this cause for concern?

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Old 09/12/2019, 11:11 AM   #2
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Old 09/12/2019, 11:20 AM   #3
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Stringy poop isn't a problem unless it is solid white. Then it might be an indicator of intestinal worms or internal flagellates:

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Old 09/12/2019, 11:57 AM   #4
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I found that even solid white stringy poop doesn't have to be something serious requiring treatment. It really just indicates a inflammation of the digestive tract. This can be caused by certain foods (brine shrimp for example), a change in diet (which is pretty much what all wild caught fish have to go through),an imbalance of the intestinal bacterial fauna due to medication, or intestinal parasites.
I would only treat if it is persistent longer than a week as that would be a clear indication of parasites.

In your case it may be due to medication. I would wait before exposing the fish to more chemicals and medications.

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Old 09/12/2019, 12:11 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate the info.

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