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post #1 of 2 Old 09-14-2011, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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pleco with white poop

i just noticed that my common pleco seems to be having white, floating poop. any ideas why?

tank info:
29 gal
pH 7.6
hardness: not exactly know, but moderately hard
ammonia: 0
nitrite: 0
nitrate: 10
temp: 78
food: aqueon flakes (for everyone else) twice a day, aqueon algae disks once a day, zucchini one a week
other fish: 9 tiger barbs, 3 swordtails
nothing new added in almost a month.
20% water changes weekly
substrate vacuumed every other week
moderately planted
driftwood and rocks
gravel substrate
no other signs of issue

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i just noticed that my common pleco seems to be having white, floating poop. any ideas why?

tank info:
29 gal
pH 7.6
hardness: not exactly know, but moderately hard
ammonia: 0
nitrite: 0
nitrate: 10
temp: 78
food: aqueon flakes (for everyone else) twice a day, aqueon algae disks once a day, zucchini one a week
other fish: 9 tiger barbs, 3 swordtails
nothing new added in almost a month.
20% water changes weekly
substrate vacuumed every other week
moderately planted
driftwood and rocks
gravel substrate
no other signs of issue

if you need any other information, just ask.

Water parameter's sound good.
I might look at the pleco's belly to see that it is full looking as opposed to sunken or concave, which if the latter,,could be indication of internal parasites.(treat accordingly)
Might also consider offering some shrimp pellet's ,carnivore pellet's,or a sinking type cichlid pellet food such as New life spectrum or Hikari cichlid bio -gold to add a little bit of roughage, and animal protein.
Would not offer too much, but maybe once or twice a week along with the other foods you mention, and I would offer the pellet food of an evening after the light's have been turned off so that other fishes don't eat it all up before pleco can feed.
Common pleco is omnivore and will eat a little of about everything,could be it's getting plenty of vegetable matter but maybe not enough other foods.
Would not be in a hurry to treat the fish with meds unless as mentioned, the belley of the fish appears to be sunken instead of full, and would treat the fish in seperate quarantine tank or plastic tub.
Might try offering foods mentioned, and upping the weekly water change to 50 percent and see if foods mentioned don't bring some color to the waste produced before considering medication's.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.

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