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Loach coughs up a fur ball

Posted By: Pino <espo@look.ca>
Date: Tuesday, 19 March 2002, at 3:00 p.m.

I left a message a couple of days ago about a clown loach in distress. His mouth seemed to be hanging open. He had an extra "lip" at the bottom of his mouth which his buddies did not seem to have, and his breathing was very rapid. He spent most of the day either on his side, or hiding in a brick ornament. Well, I scooped him up today and put him in a bag to examine him. He is still alive. I noticed that a white, cloudy. slimy ball of matter was in the bag with him. Then, when I looked closely at his mouth, he seemed to have some of that slime within his mouth too. I examined the net and noticed a huge amount of the mucous-like slime on the net. I'm actually a little freaked out right now. I've never seen anything like this in a fish. I'm talking a huge quantity of gunk. The poor loach is only about 4.5 inches long. I don't know how all of this stuff could have resided within him. If anyone know what the heck is going on please tell me.
 

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