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Hi again, thanks for all your help WWM! After the death of my
Swordtail, I've been keeping a really close eye on my tank.
I've noticed that most of my Swordtails have white stringy poop.
After doing a lot of research, it seems like it could be an indicator
of a number of things (e.g., parasites, stress, lack of fiber). Because
they all seem to be active and healthy, I'm not sure what to make
of this. I'm feeding them Hikari wafers -- is this enough fiber?
Also, there doesn't seem to be any information on the etiology of
white stringy poop. Why is it a sign of something wrong?
<When the gut is irritated it produces extra mucous, and in the case
of fish this results in faeces that are paler and stringier than
before. Among cichlids it is one of the indicators of Hexamita
infections, but by itself the white, stringy faeces don't prove
anything. For example, Swordtails are herbivores in the wild, so yes,
they do produce more faeces than carnivores such as tetras. Such faeces
do tend to be more solid coloured though because they contain particles
of plant material and algae, rather than off-white mucous. On the whole
Swordtails are a hardy bunch, but they are stressed by excessively high
temperatures and the slow, sluggish water conditions in the average
community tank. Remember, they come from fast-flowing streams and need
lots of water current, plenty of swimming space (lack of exercise
promotes constipation), and relatively low temperatures, 22-24 C being
optimal. Cheers, Neale.>
Pregnant swordtail not eating 2/22/06 Hello,
<Hi there> Could you tell me if it is
normal for a pregnant marigold swordtail to not be eating? <Often do
stop feeding...> She was eating voraciously and then 2 days ago she
started hiding from the other fish. Today she is hovering near the top
1/4 of the 55 gallon and has not eaten today or yesterday. It appears
her pregnancy is in the final stages, so I expect them to drop within
the day. Is this behavior or normal in her current state?
Thank you! <Is not atypical. Not to worry. Bob
Fenner> Judy Stout