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Lately, I have found myself taking in deformed, mistreated fish. And I wish to continue doing so. I used to only rescue bettas, but then I started taking in platys, guppies, and goldfish. Right now, I have five rescues that are more than happy at the moment.

On this thread, I'll be posting updates, pictures, and letting y'all know when I have new rescues and what not.
First we have Patches. She is a veiltail/fantail goldfish that has a deformed upper lip of the mouth and bent tails. I found Patches at Petco when she was scrawny and very shy. Now, she is the life of my living room tank.
 

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Next is Goliath. He was rescued from a Wal-Mart tank after I witnessed a group of oscars beating him up like a toy. This sweet little boy is already growing fast and emerging from his shy depths. He is a common plecostomus.

 

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Thanks! Yes, she really is.

So this is Paisley. I got her March 29th of this year and so far, she has grown an inch in body length. She is also a sweetheart and (I'd like to think) the mascot of this rescue. After I rescued her from PetSmart, she became some what of a big sister to Patches and their other at-the-time tankmate, Indy. Paisley is an orange oranda.
 

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I'll get going on the next few profiles.

I really love doing this. I always go to the petstore and other places and see all of these poor fish just being abused. Even though us fish keepers have tried for years to end this sad treatment of our finned friends, we know it won't stop. Many people say to me, "Buying that fish only encourages the abuse. It won't make a difference."

Well, I say, "It made a difference to that fish."
 

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Here is Indy (Independence). She was rescued from Wal-Mart from a tank of other black moors that developed sores and had ripped fins from rubbing against objects and each other in such limited space. At first, I thought she was dead, floating about the others. But then she sprang to life when I came up to the glass. Because little Indy was emaciated and obviously smaller than the others, I took her home and named her Independence, as it was the Fourth of July.

Indy was about 1" when I got her, and now, 5 months later with some TLC, she is nearing the 2" mark.

Such a free and independent spirit.
Before and after:
 

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Paisley's Story

It's hard to have "favorites", but we all end up having that one fish that really makes us smile the most. And for me, that's Paisley. She has been the fastest growing of them all and truly has a golden heart.

I went to PetSmart one day to pick up a few things for my bettas and stopped by the goldfish section. Among the fancy veiltails and calico ryukins, a small, dainty, standard orange oranda was at the top of the tank, staring at me. I was very surprised at how skinny and under-developed (based on her wen growth) she was. My mother was very insistent that I not get her, but my gut told me otherwise. The whole ride home, I couldn't wait to put her in with Patches.

I got her as a friend when Patches (at the time known as Bobbles Einstein) was pretty depressed. The minute I released her into the tank after the 30 minutes, Patches was swimming around playing with her new friend.

When I turned the tank in my kitchen into a goldfish tank, I moved Patches & Indy into it. Paisley seemed content with the switch at first, but I could tell that she was kinda lonely. I wanted another oranda to go in with her, but most of the ones I saw were either too nippy with their neighbors or too big.

I eventually found Elliot, a small, half n half oranda that caught my eye. I got him situated in the tank and waited. At first, Paisley ignored him and went on with her normal routine. But after about a half hour, she seemed to realize there was a new kid in the tank. They chased each other around, ate together, slept side by side. Ever since, they have been inseperable, and I couldn't imagine splitting them apart.

Paisley has come so far in the past 9 months. She went from being a dainty 1" to a monster at 3". Her story tells why I do what I do: to give these fish, however fragile and small they may be, a second chance to show their golden hearts.
 

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Ah, Sushi. This white ranchu has caused me to scratch my head in wonder every now and then. Her odd, yet amusing behavior -- speeding around the tank and swimming against the filter current -- has added quite the element to my tank.

Sushi was a rescue from PetCo. Now, she wasn't the usual fin rot, ich, or emaciation rescue. I saw how beautiful she was (a rare pure white ranchu) and thought how amazing it would be for her to have the chance to grow up and be the prized jewel of someone's tank. Whether it be mine or a loving new owner's, I'm content she will have a great and beautiful life.
 

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Beethoven....no, not the musician

Okay, this little pleco is the clown of my rescue. Beethoven is a Bushynose/Bristlenose Plecostomus rescued from PetCo when I saw him in an oscar tank. He was about an inch when I got him and is now 2". I really love this little guy and hope he lives a long and happy life.
 

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I just want to subscribe to this thread because Petmania is amazing at caring for animals.
 
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Thank you guys! Makes me feel good on the inside :-D

Last, but definitely not least, we have Elliot. This little, cutie oranda was rescue from a dirty, cramped PetSmart tank. He was the smallest one there (1.4" in body length) and was being picked on by his tankmates; I saw that he was missing quite a few scales. Not to mention how skinny he was. It was horrid. I knew that if I left him there, he would be pestered to death. I had to take him home.

When I added him to Paisley's tank, they immediately became friends. They always swim together and eat together. It's too cute.

I'm happy to say that Elliot is now 2" in body length and nice and plump.
 

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Defeniatley subscribing! Your such an awesome fish owner!!!! Come over to my house and do water changes and take care of my fish for me XD!!

I would snatch up all your Goldie's faster than a blink of an eye -wink-
 

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Defeniatley subscribing! Your such an awesome fish owner!!!! Come over to my house and do water changes and take care of my fish for me XD!!

I would snatch up all your Goldie's faster than a blink of an eye -wink-

XD Thank you.

Well, I am going to be putting a few up for adoption soon. Keep an eye out ;-)
 

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Photo Shoot :D

Just a little mini photo shoot of a couple of our rescues.
 

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This is awesome, I'm hoping to eventually own a Goldfish sometime in the future.

Which brings me to the question-what is the tank size you'd recommend for a Goldfish?
 

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This is awesome, I'm hoping to eventually own a Goldfish sometime in the future.

Which brings me to the question-what is the tank size you'd recommend for a Goldfish?
Gold are really amazing pets! They'll keep you entertained :lol:

It depends on the type. From my POV, I'd say 10 gallons for smaller types of fancy goldfish and 15-20 for larger species. Each additional fish should get 10 gallons. I have to upgrade myself now that they're getting bigger.

For commons & shubunkins, the first one should have at the minimum 40 gallons, with each additional one getting 20. They can get really big and would be far too cramped in 10-20 gallons. You could keep them temporarily in a 10G, but would need to upgrade within 1-2 months.

I believe PetCo is having their $1 per gallon sale, which is going to save my life right now.

When I upgrade to 20 & 30 gallon tanks, I'll be using my left over 10G as hospital tanks for new rescues.

I love it, Pet. Will be watching.
Thanks Matt!

All your fish are beautiful. You can tell you really care for them!
Thank you, it means a lot! I really try my hardest to make sure these guys have a great life. Hopefully soon I can find some forever homes for them :)
 
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