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Old 05-23-2012, 05:34 PM   #1 
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So my rescue, Gill, passed away. :(

It's not the typical passing either that I usually hear from a fish rescue.

I had gotten Gill, a halfmoon plakat half giant (king), because he was a 20 dollar fish that slowly digressed in the small cups that couldn't hold his size. I got him one day after noticing the amount of ammonia that was in his cup and how he barely moved.

It took a few days but I got him well enough that his colors came out, his fins were no longer clamped, and he went from being a timid fish that ran away from my hand no matter what, to a fish who raced up for me to hand feed.

I had given him to someone since I didn't intend to keep him. The person in question was asking all sorts of questions as how to take care of him so I felt it was reliable. She dropped it off at her fathers with directions so she could come back the next day (during move out at a college). Only to find out that he hadn't put in any water conditioner in his water. She got some right away but he had already been in non-conditioned water for a long time and the effects were already taking place.

Least to say, he didn't make it.

We talked some about what do to in the future if she decided to get another fish and she was extremely apologetic. I'm not mad at her, but I am a bit upset.

I think next time, if I want to do a rescue, I'm going to make sure I can keep him first. I don't know. This has really shaken me because I saw how his personality was brought out by the time he was doing extremely well in my tank before I gave him away. I almost changed my mind when she came to pick him up.

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Old 05-23-2012, 06:21 PM   #2 
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True Indigo, I'm very sorry for your loss of Gill. You made a huge difference in his life, and you tried to secure the best for him. Bettas are fragile--as are living things in general--and your Gill was especially sensitive due to his recent stay in the small, ammonia-laced cup. Caring for well-loved pets sometimes includes making mistakes and omissions that can cost them. We try to avoid them, but they still happen. There is so much opportunity for something going wrong, and even when we do everything right, luck and time operate in tandem to carry them away. (And us, eventually, too!)
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You're right. I'm just upset about it. I would have kept him if no one took him in and I was starting to get attached to him too before I gave him away, so that puts some sting in it too.
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