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Old 05-12-2013, 07:40 PM   #1 
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White poo?

Housing
What size is your tank? 10 gallon, divided into 5 gallon parts
What temperature is your tank? 83
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? In the tank, there is a male betta, a female betta, two zebra nerite snails, and now 8 ghost shrimp. They are all divided evenly into each half of the tank.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One Marine Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 pellets, twice daily

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime and Leaf Zone

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No

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Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Hasn't changed
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Hasn't changed
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Two days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Tina: No. Patriot: Minor case of fin rot a few weeks after I got him.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Tina: Maybe about a year? Patriot: Maybe a year and a half to two years?


I started noticing what looks like poo, but it's white, in my bettas' tank. It's only on Tina's half of the tank. This was before I added the shrimp in. I'm hoping they'll help with my horrible influx of algae. I'm not sure what could be wrong, or if anything even is wrong. Tina doesn't look any different than before, so I'm not sure if it's something internal, or if she's just fine and has been eating something she shouldn't be. Patriot seems fine, so I'm not sure what could be causing it. Should I even be worried?
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:44 PM   #2 
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Ghost shrimp are actually scavengers, not algae eaters, they will eat some algae but not like a Cherry shrimp will do.

So Tina doesn't have any bloat or anything? Does it look stringy or does it look solid like a normal Betta poo?
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:47 PM   #3 
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It looks like normal betta poo, but white.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:56 PM   #4 
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It could just be her absorbing her eggs (which she would probably be producing more then average because she is with a male). I would start becoming concerned about internal parasites if Patriot starts pooping white as well.
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Yeah, what Matt said lol She should be fine for now :) Just keep an eye on the both of them.
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Okay, that's a big relief! Thanks. :)
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Keep an eye on her for weight loss, lethargy, lack of appetite, etc though.
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:09 AM   #8 
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I will. They both eat like little pigs and like to zoom all over the tank when they see me. Neither look bloated, but they're not skinny, so I'm sure they're healthy, as far as weight goes. They seem to be happy and healthy fish. I was just concerned when I noticed her poo. Hadn't seen that before, and I've never had a girl betta before her, so this is all kind of new to me.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:59 PM   #9 
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Ghost shrimp are actually scavengers, not algae eaters, they will eat some algae but not like a Cherry shrimp will do.

So Tina doesn't have any bloat or anything? Does it look stringy or does it look solid like a normal Betta poo?
The shrimp are definitely eating the algae. It's kind of fun to watch them. I was staring at them for about 20 minutes and saw them ripping the algae off of my gravel and plants and eating it. All 9 jumped to one half of the tank though. It's kind of annoying, since Tina has no one to clean up the algae on her side, but it's not quite as dirty there.

Tina doesn't seem to be pooping white anymore, from what I can tell. I haven't seen any droppings that stand out. Her normal droppings usually blend in.
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