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rales12
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PostPosted: 2010.06.06(Sun)12:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

monstrosity wrote:
Fish do stop growing once they are too big for their home, but they keep growing internally, which is the cause of death.


Which must be where the idea came from. They stop growing externally, so people seem to think that they're fine. Sad. Sad



I keep quiet when its other people's tanks... and its been tough so far -- I only imagine it'll get harder as time goes on and I come across other fish-havers.
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rales12
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PostPosted: 2010.06.10(Thu)10:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was just thinking about one of my husband's cousins...

He has a 45 gallon tank that is really long (he said it was designed for a reef) and really thin. In it, he had a clown knife fish that was at least two feet long and a common pleco. He was looking to get rid of the tank, and I was honestly considering it... but I really couldn't do any better for the fish, so there was no point in me taking it. I think that was the saddest set up I've seen so far... the poor guy couldn't hardly turn around in the tank, and he definitely couldn't swim. He just sat there. A very sad example of having a fish because its "cool".
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PostPosted: 2010.06.10(Thu)11:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to take care of a 10 gal tank with 5 goldfish in it for the summer . I am considering culling them ( pull the "opps, I don't know what happend" card) and get some fish that a better suited for the tank for the teacher that has them, but I know she never does water-changes just top-off's (talk about TDS Crying or Very sad )

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59FIFTY
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PostPosted: 2010.06.10(Thu)11:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

3 sparkling gouramis maybe?
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rales12
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PostPosted: 2010.06.10(Thu)14:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

FIVE of them?! Oh man. >_< Poor fishies.

I'd rehome them (unless they're already stunted?) and get fish more fit to that size aquarium. I wouldn't even pull a 'don't know what happened' card. Buy her a basic aquarium care book and replace the goldies with something more appropriately sized that are rather hardy. Does she have the tank in a classroom? Or is at her home? Either way - I'd probably also offer to help her learn what is needed to keep an aquarium happy and healthy. (For a small fee? Hehe!*) I suppose you could tell her they died, so that she doesn't feel like you were disrespectful or whatever... and then tell her they died of ammonia poisoning and/or stunting.

*I've been considering talking my mom into setting her twenty gallon back up, so that I can stock it and offer to do water changes, ect on it for a few bucks a month. Mostly to support my tanks. Ahaha. (My husband always mentions how much money my new hobby is costing him... lol)
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PostPosted: 2010.06.10(Thu)14:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are stunted...they are good fish... I don't want to cull them but it would be for the better. People are so stubborn when it comes to aquariums it seems. The tank is in her class room.
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PostPosted: 2010.06.10(Thu)14:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd probably cull them then. =/

You should convince her to get a betta or something! Or three female bettas. There's enough room in the tank for that, they're very pretty fish, easy to care for... She'd just have to change out like two gallons of water once every Friday before going home for the weekend...
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PostPosted: 2010.06.10(Thu)15:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heck, I could do that, only 1/2 mile away from my house...
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PostPosted: 2010.06.10(Thu)18:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caton wrote:
They are stunted...they are good fish... I don't want to cull them but it would be for the better. People are so stubborn when it comes to aquariums it seems. The tank is in her class room.


So you keep them going but get the photo I posted a awhile back of the full sized goldie next to a bag with new goldie and print it out t go back with them. If the fish "died" in your care it would only convince her that she is right and you are not.

I board fish here when owners go on long holidays - six weeks to Australia, or move house. Goldies go in a Rio 180 but are not allowed home unless they have a proper set up to go back to.
"Sorry, I thought that bowl was just something you put them in to carry them"
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rales12
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PostPosted: 2010.06.11(Fri)1:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

diademhill wrote:
I board fish here when owners go on long holidays - six weeks to Australia, or move house. Goldies go in a Rio 180 but are not allowed home unless they have a proper set up to go back to.
"Sorry, I thought that bowl was just something you put them in to carry them"


How many fish have you acquired this way? >_< I can only imagine how many people just let you keep the fish rather than go buy a big aquarium.

How many tanks do you have, diademhill?



Caton - she has a point. I suppose the best thing you could do is keep the fish going. If they "die", she's just going to replace them with more goldfish, anyway. I'd start doing very small water changes, too... in situations like that, don't they recommend starting with like 1% water changes and working your way up to normal sized ones? I realize its not going to fix the stunting problems, and its definitely not going to fix the cramped quarters, but at least they can have clean water. Sad
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