It isn’t the nicest subject to read about, but did you know you can tell a lot about a goldfish based on their poop?
In this article, you’ll learn everything there is to know about goldfish poop, including what the different consistencies and colors mean, when goldfish poop is healthy, and most importantly, when it’s a sign that there’s something wrong!
So keep reading to find out everything you need to know!
Do Goldfish Poop?
Strangely enough, many people ask whether goldfish poop. Well to answer the question: Yes goldfish do poop. Goldfish have an anus located above their tail fin but below most of their abdomen.
Do Goldfish Pee?
If goldfish poop, then you may be wondering whether they pee as well. Actually no, goldfish don’t pee. Mammals pee to release ammonia from their bodies however fish don’t have to do that. They are able to release ammonia through their gills as they breathe, eliminating the need to urinate.
What Does Goldfish Poop Look Like?
There is a lot of speculation to what goldfish poop should look like. Everyone seems to have a different answer, however, there is one that generally rings more true than others.
Goldfish poop should generally look like whatever your goldfish has been eating. For example, if you feed your goldfish a diet which is high in meat then they’re poop will be more pinkish in color. If they’ve been eating a lot of vegetation it will be green, and if they’ve been eating a lot of flakes and pellets it will be red/brown.
As well as this you goldfish poop should also have a solid consistency, sink to the bottom of the tank and not hang out of your goldfish’ body.
What Different Types Of Goldfish Poop Mean
Goldfish poop comes in all different sizes, shapes and colors. Being aware of what’s normal and what’s not can often help you diagnose when something is wrong with your goldfish. Here are what all the different types of goldfish poop signify.
Why Is Goldfish Poop White?
There are a number of different reasons that your goldfish might have white poop. However, no matter what the cause, if your goldfish has white poop the chances are there’s something wrong. Here are the most common causes of white poop.
Poop That Is White, Stringy And Lumpy
If your goldfish’ poop is white stringy and lumpy there are a number of different causes that could be responsible.
- Poor Diet – The first potential cause is a poor diet. You should be giving your goldfish a mix of live food, meat, tropical flakes, and vegetation. If they’re not getting all of this, then it may turn their feces white.
- Internal Bacterial Infection – Another common cause of this kind of poop is a bacterial infection. Along with white, stringy, lumpy feces, you may also notice that your goldfish is bloated, lethargic, and has little appetite. Fortunately, if you catch a bacterial infection early enough, it is possible to treat it with the right fish antibiotics.
- Internal Parasites – Lastly, your goldfish may also be suffering from internal parasites. Tapeworms and roundworms will be the main culprit, however, in extremely rare cases it could also be Hexamita. Fortunately, though, it’s still unlikely that goldfish in tanks will suffer from internal parasites.
White Poop That’s Pale/Transluscent
You may also notice that sometimes a goldfish’ poop is pale or even transluscent in color. When this is the case it means you’re probably underfeeding your goldfish or there’s just not enough nutrients in their diet.
Essentially when poop is pale or translucent it means there’s not enough food in it. At this point, you’re not actually looking at poop but rather the mucus coating that’s inside all goldfish. You should try changing their diet to one with a lot more animal proteins and vegetation in it, as well as high-quality fish flakes. However, if this still doesn’t work then you should speak to a vet.
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Why Is Goldfish Poop Long And Stringy?
You may also notice that even when the poop isn’t white, it’s still long and stringy. Long and stringy poop is never good and is a sign of a more serious health issue. Here are the common cause of long stringy feces in goldfish.
- Parasitic Infection – Again, while it’s not common at all, any poop that is long and stringy can be a sign of parasitic infection. One of the best ways to tell for sure if this is the case is to check the anus of your goldfish. If you notice that it’s inflamed then they may be suffering from roundworms.
- Bacteria – Once again, poop that is long and stringy but not white could still be being cased by bacterial infections inside your goldfish. Poor diet, injury, and poor water conditions can all be a cause of this.
- Flagellates – When you check your goldfish anus to see if it’s inflamed, but it isn’t, then they may have flagellates. They’re often found inside the intestinal tract of fish, and most of the time they’ll only cause a mild infection. However, be warned, sometimes they can be deadly if left untreated.
Why Does Goldfish Poop Have Multiple Strands?
In some cases, you may notice that multiple strands of poop are hanging from your goldfish. If this is the case then your goldfish may be suffering from Carnallanus worms. Carnallanus worms are even more distinguishable when the poo is red or brown in color. If you think they’re what your goldfish is suffering from then you should consult a vet as soon as possible to receive medication.
Why Is Goldfish Poop Long And Thin?
Goldfish poop that is long and thin is often a sign that your goldfish isn’t eating properly. This is even more apparent when it’s also lacking color (as previously mentioned.)
If your goldfish’ poop is long and thin, make sure the water quality is good. As well as this, try feeding them more live food, vegetation and high quality fish food. Lastly, look for signs of infection or illness that could have caused your goldfish to lose their appetite.
Why Is Your Goldfish’ Poop Hanging Out And Trailing?
You may notice that sometimes your goldfish poop is hanging from their anus and trailing behind them. The main reason this happens is because your goldfish has been overfed.
If you think you’re overfeeding your goldfish then you should fast them for a day or two, to help their digestive system clear. As well as this, every couple of weeks you should fast your goldfish for a day to help their digestive system recover as well.
Why Are There Air Bubbles In Goldfish Poop?
If you notice air bubbles in your goldfish poop, then the most likely reason is that they’re not getting enough oxygen. Air bubbles occur when your goldfish is gasping for air and breathing in more.
This most often happens when the tank is overstocked, or because the water is too warm.
To solve the problem, move them to a bigger tank, increase amount of surface agitation, add an air bubbler, and make sure the temperature of the tank is okay. Remember, warm water can’t hold as much oxygen as cold water!
Why Is Goldfish Poop Long And Thick?
One of the most common causes of long thick poop in goldfish is constipation. If you think that your goldfish is constipated you may notice other symptoms as well such as bloating, no appetite, and lethargy.
When your goldfish is constipated fortunately there are a couple of things you can do. First of all, you can feed them a cooked deshelled pea. This is going to be extremely high in fibre can help them expel all the food in their stomach.
If a cooked deshelled pea doesn’t work then fasting your goldfish is often going to do the job as well. And if all else fails, you can also add some Epsom salt to the tank to relax their muscles making pooping easier.
And lastly, to prevent constipation make sure you’re not feeding your goldfish too much and that you’re feeding them high quality food!
Why Is Water Behind Goldfish Tinged Brown?
Sometimes you may notice that the water directly behind your goldfish is tinged brown. If this is the case, then they probably have diarrhea. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to treat this, but prevention is possible.
Make sure you’re keeping the water quality in your tank good, you don’t overstock it, you clean frequently and most importantly you feed your goldfish a high quality diet!
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What If Your Goldfish Doesn’t Poop At All?
If your goldfish doesn’t poop at all, then they’re most likely suffering from constipation. However, remember, your goldfish may be pooping and you just might not see it.
Check for the symptoms of constipation such as lethargy, bloating, lack of appetite and clamped fins to help you see if they’re sick or not!
If you do think it’s constipation remember the best thing to do is fast them or feed them a deshelled pea.
And going forward, try to feed them no more than 2 times a day, and never add more food into the tank than they can eat in a minute or two. Also keep the water quality in the tank high to help stop your goldfish from becoming sick!
Do Goldfish Eat Their Own Poop?
Generally speaking your goldfish won’t eat his own poop. The main reason a goldfish is going to eat their own poop is by accident. In fact, most of the time you’ll probably notice your goldfish spitting their poop out after they’ve eaten it.
If you do notice that your goldfish is eating their own poop, then it could mean that they’re extremely hungry. It could also mean that you’re not changing the water enough in your tank, so try performing more frequent water changes!
Now you know everything their is to know about goldfish poop! It’s not the most pleasant to talk about, but the information in this article can help you decide when your goldfish is sick, and more importantly, what’s probably causing it!
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