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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-25-2015, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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They're chinese algae eaters that my boyfriend's dad probably bought at the local petsmart
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@Aqua - from what I understand these aren't the OP's fish. As best I can understand they are fish that have been added to the tank of someone they know - and the OP is trying to give them a fighting chance.

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To give you guys an update I bought some omega one veggie rounds from petsmart. The ingredients seemed fairly high quality and figured I could feed them to my snail if the fish didn't eat it.

So I dropped two into the aquarium yesterday and the algae eaters didnt really react. The goldfish were very interested though. I had to leave shortly after dropping them and they were gone by the time I got back so I can only hope that the bigger fish made a move on them.

The lil guy seems pretty uninterested in food or moving. He has this trail of whitish poop thats been hanging off of him for days now. When I went to petsmart I saw algae eaters like them except they were like four times the size and looked considerably healthier :( These guys must have some pretty stunted growth
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They straight up ignore veggie rounds. They will sit next to them and not even care. The little one perked up for a day; he actually swam around and suctioned to the walls. But the next day he was back to bottom sitting. Boyfriend has finally agreed to ask his parent to let me take him when they get back.
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The story has come to an end through the most tragic possible turn of events. I set up my tank and let it get established and finally the family came back from vacation. Boyfriend asked if I could get the fish and got a pretty ambiguous answer kinda like "well it's not like the fish is gonna live anyway if she takes it" but it wasn't a definite no so it was promising. Before I left the house that night I looked into the fish tank and saw that little fishy looked like a shriveled raisin but was still breathing. I knew I didn't have much time left.

Next day (as in today) I went over to their house and first thing I did was go and check on the tank... Couldn't find little fish meanwhile there was a very suspicious dead fish corpse at the side of the tank. I've seen the goldfish in the tank dig up bones out of the gravel from apparent past fish deaths before so I paid it no mind and continued looking for little fishy. I guess this was the denial stage of grieving. Couldn't find him so I took a closer look at the corpse... It was most definitely the pale mangled body of poor little fishy. His head was missing and he looked like he got chewed up in general by the goldfish. It was appalling.

I cried for hours. The dad later said that we could have just taken him out while they were gone if we were actually that worried about it... so hearing that triggered me into being pretty upset with my boyfriend for not believing me when i said the fish would die, preventing me from straight up just taking the fish when things weren't yet too dire, and also for flat out refusing to ask his family about the fish whenever they called him to check up on him while they were away because he "wanted to ask in person" or something stupid like that. He didn't take it seriously until way too late.

So all in all it's been an awful day for me. They seem to have no intention of taking the body out of the water so i guess poor little fishy is just gonna decompose and add to the piss yellowness of the water. It all just kills me inside because I'm a) resentful that I wasn't taken seriously and the fish died as a result and b) I'm confident I could have extended its life if I had been given a chance.

On the flip side, the chinese algae eater that is still alive is getting huge and looks to be thriving and is constantly moving and eating despite the cold dirty water that killed its buddy. I hope this fish lives long and grows to be a full foot in length so that this family learns to do its research before condemning a fish to a potentially very sad end.
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