New to the site but I have been reading a ton over the last couple weeks as I recently purchased (on impulse of course
) a 40 gallon tank and cichlids to go along with it. (3 yellow labs, 1 red zebra, and 1 yellow top jalo, all about 1-1.5")
Didn't know about cycling, but learning real quick. I bought another used tank ( for my son
) with all the substrate foam filter and rocks, plant etc and used most of it to help kickstart my 40g cycle which seems to be working; Parameters earlier today were:
Did a 30-40% water change, I am using "Prime" with every water change and doing the PWC
every 2-3 days.
The last 2 days I have noticed long white poop coming from my red zebra. They get 3-4" long and it seems as soon as one breaks off another is forming. Tonight one of the yellow labs also had the same looking poop. Everybody seems to be eating without issue and acting as they normally would.
Does this sound like "bloat" or another parasite of some kind?
Do I treat just the fish with symptoms or the whole tank? And with what?
Lastly will the medications affect the cycling process?
Thanks for any and all advice.