This: http://forums.loaches.com/viewtopic.php?t=9289 is the only other picture I have seen that would possibly resemble "shedding" (?)
Thanks for the response, whats happened to yours is exactly whats happening to mine, they do get in some old galleons i've got in the tank and around the edges were thick strands of mucous. May need some bigger boats but its taken a massive weight of my mind.djoneser wrote:I have seen my largest clown get stuck in an ornament once. Once she freed herself, she "shed" a lot of "skin" (more like mucous). Specifically the "skin" was stuck on the ornament where she had been struggling to free herself. I would call this a "sloughing" of skin, rather than "shedding". Is this what you are talking about?
What a great site this is and would like to thank everybody for responding.
Getting stuck in a tight spot sounds like one way to make use of that slime coat, then any injuries would make the fish produce even more to cover the wounds.
They can also produce more when they are stressed. I have seen posts from people changing their tank or moving the Loaches to a new tank and seeing 'stuff' in the holding bucket. The Loaches have produced and shed some slime coat. A side note: This material or the stress seems to make the water in the bucket toxic to other species. If you are moving fish (any species) do not add the transport water to the tank. Many species produce excess ammonia when they are stressed, some produce stress hormones, and some Loaches seem to produce toxins, perhaps relating to the slime coat.
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