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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Angry my mother in law's tank *sigh*

My mother in law has a horridly depressing 20 gal hex aquarium. She has a shubunkin gold fish, a common goldfish, 4 cichlids (small, and blue. Idk whabarbs and cherry barbs t kind to he honest) and 3 cherry barbs in there. it makes me so sad overtime I go over there. And she refuses to listen to any info I give her. She's running a 10 gal filter, has never done a water change in the five years she's had this tank, she just dumps new water in when it gets low.
She's got 3 pieces of rotten bamboo floating that she keeps telling me are good for the fish and that the goldfish nibble them.
Ugh.
I offered to take the fish off her hands and rehome them, or donate the goldfish to the museum's pond. I even offered to help her set up and maintain an appropriate tank for the fish minus the goldies. She won't budge.

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Those fish are dying slow, tortuous deaths.
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Ugh! Sorry that you have to witness the sad fish lives in the tank of horrors. Why won't she take you up on your offer to at least help maintain the tank she has? Sounds like one stubborn woman you've got on your hands.

Cross your fingers that she won't set it up again when this batch of fish are gone.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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She is just determined that i don't know what Im talking about. She thinks she knows more than everybody else about everything. My husband talked to his dad last week, and my father in law promised to take the goldies to the museum pond tomorrow. He doubts she will even notice and if she does he will tell her they died.
He's trying to talk her into letting me set up the tank properly, hopefully she listens to him.
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Well that sounds a bit more hopeful. Good luck with that.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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Frustrating! I hope she will let you help her or the fish can be rehomed properly.
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How terrible, I hope she budges and lets you help! D:
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Oh, I forgot to add, when the light burned out she didnt replace it. That was a year ago. She keeps the tank in a sunken living room. The fish are in darkness almost 24 hours a day. The common goldfish has turned white and I think he may be partially blind. :(
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Aww, that's horrible! D8
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I feel so awful for them.
My husband promised if his dad doesn't do something about it, that he will kidnap the fish so we can save them, lol, and will tell his mom the tank busted or something and just pray she doesn't get another one.
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Lol, that would be nice, and I hope she doesn't.
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