Zeke's got white poop! Parasite?

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Hey guys. Here's the scoop and background about my new Oscar, Zeke. I got this guy about a week ago from Petsmart(probably the wrong place to buy fish in retrospect) He is solo in a 60 gallon tank. I didn't cycle the tank properly, and I am aware of that. I had the aquarium up and running for about a week before I got him. I opted to use Tetra Safe Start to get the BB bacteria introduced into the environment. Here's the specifics. water 78deg, PH-running a bit high-7.5, Ammonia anywhere between 0 and .25(its hard to decipher) but there is ammonia for sure, it appears to be in my tap water. Nitrites-0 and Nitrates-5 (also in my tap water)

Filtration-a Fluval 305 canister and Marineland Penguin hang on back.

I use Prime as a conditioner.

I check the water parameters excessively right now.

So here's the scoop.
Ever since I got him, he poops white. It was always solid however, but today I did notice a couple of turds that were connected by a 1/4 inch mucous like string.
I was hoping by this point it would change into a normal color, but it hasn't.
I feed him Hikari Staple Mini Pellets.
He seems very happy though. Always swimming, and Always always hungry. He is not skiddish with me, and when I walk over to the tank. he's right there to meet me for food....it's pretty hilarious. I dont over feed him, i dont think. I drop in one pellet at a time..otherwise he would gavone them all up and have a hard time with them. I usually stop at about 6-10 pellets, But i think he would continue to eat until he cant swim.

Anyway, sorry for the long winded message, but do I need to worry about him, being that he seems so happy? Do I have to worry he has some sort of parasite, and if so, should I treat? Thanks.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re: Zeke's got white poop! Parasite?

The mucus string is nothing to worry about. It could be because the tank is not cycled.

try Hikari gold pellets and see if it makes his poop a reddish color.
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Bobby C replied the topic: Re: Zeke's got white poop! Parasite?

Thanks for the advice! I went out and bought some Hikari Gold. I guess we'll wait and see what happens.
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Bobby C replied the topic: Re: Zeke's got white poop! Parasite?

Well, i have been feeding Zeke the Hikari Gold Pellets for several days now. There really isn't much change to the color of his business except that it has turned from white to a slight pink. For the most part its solid, but i did notice that there was a strand of a mucous like substance coming out of him the other day. He seems in great spirits though. Always hungry and always energetic. Water parameters are the same as i stated above. Is this a possible parasite problem, or am I worrying over nothing?
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JasonR replied the topic: Re: Zeke's got white poop! Parasite?

Sounds pretty normal to me. Just keep an eye on his feces and behavior. Also keep the water tip top! :)
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Re: Zeke's got white poop! Parasite?

Bobby C wrote: Well, i have been feeding Zeke the Hikari Gold Pellets for several days now. There really isn't much change to the color of his business except that it has turned from white to a slight pink. For the most part its solid, but i did notice that there was a strand of a mucous like substance coming out of him the other day. He seems in great spirits though. Always hungry and always energetic. Water parameters are the same as i stated above. Is this a possible parasite problem, or am I worrying over nothing?


Well, this sounds gross but............if you could post a picture or a video of the poop(coming out of the fish), I could get a better idea of what's going on. Could be nothing, could be internal parasites. One question: does he look emaciated like an hour after you feed him?

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Bobby C replied the topic: Re: Zeke's got white poop! Parasite?

I'll see if I can catch him in the act, and take a snap shot. He doesn't look emaciated to me, he looks pretty full as far as i can tell. His appetite is insatiable though. Man does this guy like to eat!
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