Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-25-2011, 11:01 AM   #1 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Fish poop looks looks stringy but brown - what could this mean?

I have been treating our guy Feathers for SBD and he is scheduled to be done with treatment tomorrow and return to his tank but the past couple of days I have noticed that instead of looking like a round or oval-ish ball, his poop looks like a long, thin piece of string. It seems to be about the same amount of waste as usual, just in a different shape/form. I am wondering if something is still bothering his insides because right before he poops he is relatively inactive/slow and just after he makes waste he becomes very active, as if he is suddenly feeling a great relief. What could this mean?

For the SBD I have been using Epsom salt 1 tsp/G and fasted him for 4-5 days initially but he is now eating 2 pellets/day (1 morning, 1 night) and has been pooping pretty regularly - at least every other day but mostly every day. I was meaning to try to get some frozen daphnia but with the thanksgiving holiday things got a bit crazy and I never got around to it - should I still try to see if that would help him further?

I feel bad that he has been in a QT tank for most of the past 2 weeks and would really like to return him to his 2.5G but I'm worried that maybe he's not all the way better yet....

ETA: I neglected to mention, I have been doing 100% daily water changes while he is in the QT tank.

Last edited by chicagojo; 11-25-2011 at 11:07 AM. Reason: add info
chicagojo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 11:19 AM   #2 
Indyfishy's Avatar
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Indiana
Good news, his poop is normal! As long as betta poop is a healthy brown color, then he's just fine =) SBD can be caused by overfeeding, make sure you only feed him about three to four pellets a day or the equivalent in other foods. Also, it's best to feed in the morning because their digestive systems slow down at night. Sometimes they get a little bloated if they eat before bed, which can cause SBD to re-appear.
Indyfishy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 11:30 AM   #3 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Oh, that is good news. Thanks so much. I am only a few months into betta ownership and very much still learning!
chicagojo is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
okay this is NOT normal. white stringy poop that pulled itself back in! :o masshiimarro Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 23 08-06-2011 05:42 PM
I have two of my fish that has white stringy poop.... RayneForhest Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 1 06-02-2011 06:48 PM
White stringy poop ansalong Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 14 02-08-2011 09:08 PM
Female betta excreting white, flat, stringy poop. Starbright Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 16 07-09-2009 08:53 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:35 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.