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I was searching online and found new advise on helping constipated goldfish. Has anyone ever heard of using cod liver oil? I know some pregnant women sometimes take it to help them go into labor but it also makes them go potty too! uh.... anyway, here is the link and the info:

http://www.pbsco.com/conwayfish/tips.htm

CONSTIPATION

Symptoms: A string of feces trails behind the fish, the abdomen swells, the fish has little interest in food, and the fish is sluggish or resting on the bottom. No symptoms of disease is present.

Treatment: Do not feed the fish for two days. Separate it from its tank mates if possible with a glass partition at feeding time. After the two day fast, feed the fish herbivore plant and vegetable foods such as romaine lettuce, algae or green peas (remove skin) for the next two days. After the treatment period, feed a proper and varied diet. If the constipation is severe and this treatment did not work and the fish seems to be stressed, it can be treated with cod liver oil. Net the fish and place it on a clean wet towel. Place two drops of cod liver oil in the mouth of the fish and place the fish back in the main tank. DO NOT KEEP THE FISH OUT OF THE WATER FOR MORE THAN ONE MINUTE. Do not feed the fish for two days after this treatment.

what do you think? have you ever tried it or heard of it?

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Hi,

Good research.

I've read about using cod liver oil, but never needed to try it. I'm always wary of handling my fishies out of water.

Slugger :)

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I don't think that would work because they would splash around alot.

I've only ever taken fish out for skin/gill scrapes, and not very successfully either.

I find I have to put them on a wet towel, using one hand to gently hold them down, using my free hand to scrape.

Still, interesting "last resort" treatment for constipation.

Slugger :)

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Actually, I have held a fishes head out of water to administer a liquid via a syringe. I think it would work with a dropper too. The fish did not splash around in my 2 cases, they automatically open their mouth when the head is held above water.

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