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Most of my fish, especially the Algae Eaters are leaving behind really long strings of poop all over my tank it looks ghastly and sometimes its still attached, snagging on plants etc, what causes this, is it constipation and how can i remedy the problem, my fish seem healthy otherwise Discus are breeding and the rest show no other signs of ilness or discomfort, just the unsightly long trails of poop. help!w00t 

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I have the same problem with my one oscar.  He does alot of poop.  What kind of filter are you using on your fish tank and the size of your fish tank?   What type of food are you feeding them and how much? I do not see anything wrong with your fish. I do not think you have enough water movement to keep things moving around so the filter will pick it up.  You also may not have a strong enough filter. I just need a little more information on your fish tank please.

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Hey!! You didn't say what your other fish are, but if the algae eaters are constantly pooping it just means there's plenty of vegetable material or uneaten food in your tank for them to feast on.  I have the same issue with my quartet of female platies.  They're constantly picking on algae all day long, whereas the other fish (non-plant eaters) only eat at feeding time.  Naturally, the platies always have a long green "thread" hanging down.  They're very healthy, though ... and if your tank is healthy enough to get discus to spawn, I'd say you're doing everything right. 

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Lots of poop and long poop just means they're well-fed. Actually, you could probably back off the feeding just a bit. Fish don't have very complex digestive systems, so the faster the poop is getting pushed out, the less nutrition the fish is getting from it.

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princessotfu (2/23/2010)
Lots of poop and long poop just means they're well-fed. Actually, you could probably back off the feeding just a bit. Fish don't have very complex digestive systems, so the faster the poop is getting pushed out, the less nutrition the fish is getting from it.

I have to agree with princessotfu I think you are feeling to much. My friend told me I was doing the same thing. He said to feed about the same size as the eye of the fish. Took me a while to understand this but if you look at the eye judge the size and add the food in accordance to you judgement

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Poop is only a cause for concern if it is stringy and white (this can mean digestive problems, although it can sometimes come about if the fish has been fasting). Camallanus worms look like stringy pink tufts protruding from the vent.

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