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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-27-2013, 04:43 PM
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Any updates on the fish situation? Hope you were successful in at least getting the goldies out.
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post #12 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-27-2013, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Oh Im sorry, I forgot to update you guys!
my fil kidnapped the goldfish and brought them to me. They are living happily in the local museums indoor pond now! :D

And she finally let me in there to clean the tank! Woot!
Chucked all the old nasty gravel and switched to a sand bottom. Remove all rotten bamboo,and two of the larger cichlids and rehomed them in my husbands 55 gal.
her remaining fish are in much better health and they have some live plants, light and me doing weekly water changes now.

She was finally talked into it after my father in law threatened to donate the whole tank. Lol.
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post #13 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-27-2013, 04:51 PM
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Hooray! Success!! Well that is certainly exciting! I'm so happy she was finally pressured into it lol, it's for the good of the fish ^^

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Glad u got to makes some much needed changes and those fish are doing better. I feel your pain. my buddy got a gorgeous dragonscale betta the same time I got my MG boy. We have identical 5g filtered tanks and they have been up and running about 6-7wks now. I have been doing all the needed water changes for a fish in cycle and so far my Chum-Chum is looking great but poor Tobey (my buddy's fish) is going downhill fast. I tried to tell him what needed to be done and even gave him the link to this page but hes stubborn as a mule and thinks having a filter means he doesnt have to clean the tank. The only time it was cleaned about about 3 wks ago when I did it myself. so that means it ran almost a month with no cleaning and has now been going 3wks since I did it. His poor tail is all shredded and showing signs of rot and he just looks so depressed. I feel terrible. If I go over there this week and he hasnt cleaned his tank Ima do it for him I guess.

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Aww how awful!
I hope he wises up before poor tobey dies. :(
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yeah his wife said shes tried to tell him about it and he wouldnt listen so she gave up but did SHE do anything about it, HECK NO! her defense was "well I take care of the hamster, the fish was his idea so its his problem" Im like really dude yall are gonna be that petty and let an animal suffer b/c of sheer laziness....so looks like I will be doing water changes when I go over there

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That's great chillylillymama! :D And I'm sorry about the poor fish sereena 79, that's just awful. I hope he can survive and I hope the tank with be better kept up. D:
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so I think Im finally getting thru to my buddy about his tank. he came over and saw Chum the other night and knowing that out fish have the same tank and are the same age from the same breeder finally realized that my fish was thriving while his was dying. he agreed to do a 100% water change to get the current "funkies" out and maintain with weekly 50% changes after that and is considering a heater but hes stubborn so Ima keep on him about that. he had to see how much better my fish was to to realize he was neglecting his by only changing his water every 4-6wks (5g)

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Yay! So glad to hear that. Must make you really happy to finally be getting somewhere with him on this issue.
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It reminds me of the time a friend of ours went on holiday and left his dog with us for three weeks. She had a mange problem and her claws here overgrown awfully making her limp. Plus she was so starved for attention she cried and barked constantly. The very next day after he left she was booked into the vet and then into our local dog groomer shortly after. he came back to a spotless, fluffy, energetic little sweetheart, he fur was even growing back!

We went to visit him a month later to discover she had a new kennel, new blankies, new diet...and got a daily dose of attention. I feel many people don't realize until they really see what a change a little love can make.
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