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Hello, I haven't been on here in a long time, but here I am. My fish, Flash, is the only fish in a 55 gallon tank, because her much larger tankmate passed away a few months ago from dropsy, but I suspect internal parasites were the cause of it. Flash has been having constant constapation for the last two weeks at least. I have tried peas and fasting, but to no avail, so I think it may be something else. Since she was in the same tank as the sick fish, it's probably what that fish had, but how to treat it remains a mystery to me, because when the other fish was sick, I tried a lot of medications, none of which worked. I have tried salting, Maracyn Plus, and I can't remember what else. I have been changing her water regularly(although not much needs to be changed since she's the only fish in such a big tank), and other than the constapation, she has been acting normaly. Hope you guys can give me some clue as to what's going on here. Thanks!

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Hi,sorry to hear that you lost your other fish. Although she's the only fish left in a large tank,we really need you to answer as many questions up above as you can.That gives us a better idea on where to begin. :)

Just an FYI,treating fish with all kinds of medicines when not really knowing exactly what's wrong can be deadly to a fish.May I ask why you think it's internal parasites?Is it scratching/flashing/yawning/gasping at to /bottom sitting etc?

Along with the questions you answer above,let us know what you feed/how much,and how many times a day.What does his poop look like?

Post soon so we can help. :exactly

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well, I had actually posted another thread when my other fish was ill, and was told to use Maracyn plus, and salt couldn't hurt anyway(unless of course you put too much!). I wasn't just medicating randomly, don't worry.The other fish was sitting on the bottom, had long stringy poos, was being overall very listless, getting extremely skinny, and not eating well either. I didn't want to wait until this fish started having those symptoms, because then it could be too late to help. I usually feed once to twice a day, exept I have been fasting her latley in hopes that it is just constapation, and not something more serious. the tank has been running for about two years, so it's not a cycling issue. The filter is a Emperor 400 and I rotate feeding bio-blend by marineland labs, dried baby shrimp, shrimp pellets, and peas. I usually change only 36% of the water every week becuase it's only one small fish in 55g of water. I do use water conditioner, and there hasn't been any meds within the last few months. There is actually a small white sort of puffy thing on her tail, but it has been there for months and hasn't hurt her, so I'm wondering if it is really anything to be worried about. I did treat it once by dabbing it with hydrogen peroxide, but that didn't do a thing to it. And I'm sure that's not what's causing her constipation. BTW, the poos are very long, sometimes several times her body length, and regular brown color, but sometimes also squiggly. I hope that's a good description! thanks!

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oops, I forgot to tell, you how much I feed! I don't feed too much, obviously that would cause an abnormal amount of poo! I feed as much as they can eat in one min. or less. :)

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:) I would still love to hear your exact water params.Without them,it's really difficult to diagnose what you need to do here.

I also want to say that it doesn't seem to be a constipation problem.When fish have that,you usually don't see any sort of poo,and Flash sounds almost like he's being overfed with the length of poo that you're talking about.It's normal in color,so by that,it doesn't sound bacterial or anything.

The puffy thing on her tail, is it a flat white sort of spot, or an actual lump?Does it look fuzzy at all? :unsure:

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sorry I didn't reply for so long, my computer lost it's internet for a while! I will try to get the exact params within the next few days, but I can pretty much give you a good general idea of what it is without an actual reading. I am like 99.9% sure that the Ammonia and NitrItes are both 0 and the NitrAtes are not above 40(probably less, though), the PH is about 8.3.

So you're saying that you don't think Flash actually has some sort of disease? That would be great if this turned out to be nothing because there is a fish that I have had in QT for a long time that is perfectly healthy, and I want to move that one in with Flash if Flash really isn't sick.

The thing on her tail is not flat exactly, but it's definatly not an external parasite, no worries there. It's a little fuzzy, but not very big. at first I thought it was a fungus, but the tank was salted to .3% and like i said before, I also dabbed hydrogen peroxide on it, and I don't see how a fungus could survive both of those.

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I won't say that Flash doesn't have a problem for sure without knowing everything here.What I will say is that normally,when it is bacterial,the poo usually shows up long,stringy,white.

Although Pet Stores will tell you that Nitrates at 40 ppms are fine,I have found that a few of my fish don't appreciate them that high(under 20 is much safer)

Sometimes fish will get the occasional white spots on their tail,and then the next thing you know,they just seem to disappear.I wonder sometimes if it's just viral and removes itself when params are spot on.I don't know.

It's all still guessing here as you still have not posted exact params,or maintainence schedule of your tank.

For now,I would try and keep the water as pristene as possible and just keep an eye on it for any sudden changes.

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