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Old 08-30-2011, 05:41 PM   #1 
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Soldier's one week update :D

So I bought a fish last Monday that I thought was gonna die. He'd been in the same place at our LFS for a month, and he was all clamped and skinny and .. terrible looking. I bought him cause I'd seen him a few times and finally caved, I felt sorry for him so I thought.. well if you don't make it you'll at least have a clean place to pass.

This is what he looked like:






So I gave him a clean two gallon QT tank, 100% daily changes, AQ salt, garlic soaked pellets. Feeding him was definitely the hard part.. he didn't eat that much for the first few days, and even then ate just fractions of garlic soaked pellets.

Here he is now:








He now eats whole pellets, more than three a day (feeding him more than usual because he's still skinny), has been fattening up happily, swims around his tank actively, blows bubbles, chases my finger, and overall has recovered beautifully! :D
I really can't believe it's just been a week.. his recovery felt like a month. But he perked up so quickly. :)

So yeah, just showing off his optimistic change. I moved him to a divided 10 gal today cause he seemed ready and healthy enough for the change. /teardrop
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:43 PM   #2 
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omg.. It's like a new fish!! I would cry at the turn of him!! Great job :) You did a great job bringing the poor feller back to life! Look at the color change alone!!
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:44 PM   #3 
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Woah such a change! He doesn't even look like the same fish anymore :O
I love the pink color on his fins. So pretty >w<
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:03 PM   #4 
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thanks guys C: yeah when he made the tiniest effort of a bubble nest on his heater about two days ago, i was nearly bawling!


he's a trooper! and he appreciates the compliments. it goes straight to his head. :3
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:51 PM   #5 
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Oh this is such a good story!
He went from stone cold grey to lipstick red in 1 week! That is amazing! Just amazing
Welcome back Soldier...
Hope you dont mind me sharing your before and after pictures?
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:03 PM   #6 
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Sure, go ahead :) also i like that adjective, lipstick red hehe! <3
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:56 PM   #7 
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Wow, that's actually amazing. Such a transformation in only 1 week. He's very handsome! Makes me really want a vt.
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:58 PM   #8 
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Wow! I could hardly tell it was the same fish!
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:39 PM   #9 
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He's amazing!!!!!!!!! what a little fighter, you did an awesome job nursing him back to health!!!!! he looks great =D
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:41 PM   #10 
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I was gonna say something, but everybody else summed it up for me! :D
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