Need advice Fahaka Is sick!

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One of the easiest and best ways to help your fish feel better is clean water! If you are already on a regular water change schedule (50% weekly is recommended) a good step to making your fish more comfortable while waiting for diagnosis/suggestions is to do a large water change immediately. Feel free to repeat daily or as often as you can, clean water is always a good thing! Use of Amquel or Prime as a dechlor may help with any ammonia or nitrite issues, and is highly recommended.

Note - if you do not normally do large water changes, doing a sudden, large water change could shock your fish by suddenly changing their established water chemistry. Clean water is still your first goal, so in this case, do several smaller (10%) water changes over the next day or two before starting any large ones.
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Need advice Fahaka Is sick!

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Hello everyone. I’ve been reading here ever since I got my Little Fahaka 3 months ago. I didn’t want this to be my first post here but I need advice.

Everything was fine until about 5 days ago. I went to the grocery store in search of new food, clams mussels etc for my Puffer. I got mussels on the half shell and clams. I cut them up in small pieces for him and he loved it. Next day he was not happy and didn’t want to eat, not as active. I thought maybe he ate to much and his belly was upset. Then I noticed his poop was long/stringy with lumps in the string. He has been pooping this every other day now. I read on here about parasites so I dosed the tank with PraziPro 3 days ago, he is eating but not as active. And his poop is still long and lumpy. I will attach pictures. I just want to make sure I’m on the right track with this medication.

My water is 78 degrees, PH 7.0 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 0 He has been eating RamsHorn Snails, Freeze fried krill, blood worms.
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Welcome! Sounds like you overfed him. When that happens, poop looks like undigested food. BTW, you cannot treat internal parasites by dosing the water, as FW fish don't drink water. You must treat the food but he doesn't appear to have them. Do you have a side view of him?
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Thanks for the Reply! I’m sure I did feed him to much, he was so full. I’ll see if I can get another picture up. We’re on day 5 now and his poo is still a long string with lump like beads. I started soaking his food with Prazi yesterday. He still has an appetite but He isn’t active like he was before the long stringy poo.
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Not sure why it post my pics sideways, and it takes 24hrs for my post to get approved...sorry newb here lol
But in the pic hopefully you can see the long string with beads
On it. He is still eating, but has been hiding a lot. This is now day
6 and I just did a 30% water change. I haven’t seen him poo today so hopefully all is good. I will keep you posted! Thank You!
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I am the only one running this site, so I try to stop in as often as possible to approve posts & help answer queries.
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Didn’t know if I was doing something wrong. This is a great forum! Thank You all the help!
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Nothing wrong, just hard to keep up with everything all by myself.
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Update on My Fahaka. He is eating good, he is still hiding more than usual. I did a 7 day water treatment with Prazi Pro along with soaking his food in it as well. I just did another 30% WC after treatment. He is eating, mussels, krill, blood worms, rams horn snails. His poo isn’t as long stringy as it was.But it is still stringy, is this normal? Or is it something I need to treat with more meds? I still have the Prazi and I ordered Metro to just have on hand, it will be here tomorrow. Thank You
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Poo looks fine. You're doing great with him! What's his name?
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Ok that’s a relief! Lol His name is Wally My wife and I bought a 125 gallon tank just for little Wally. We both have done a lot of research but still get worried if he doesn’t seem well. Thank You for the Info!!
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Look at that fat belly! Doesn't appear to have iPs. :)
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