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Old 12-18-2012, 04:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Someone posted on an anonymous discussion site for my college that they were abandoning their fish in a public space in another dorm. I decided to pick them up (people were making remarks about taking the tank and throwing the fish into the lake, etc., etc.) and I found someone with access to that dorm. I went and got the fish and their conditions are disgusting. The tank smells. The water is sh*t brown. There's no filter. There's something rotting in a corner that resembles some non-aquarium scrubby things that were left along with the tank that I declined to take with me.

The fish look reasonably healthy, considering their conditions and the overstocking. It's mostly guppies and guppy fry (easily over a dozen, I lose count after that) and a lot of them at that. There's a long grey thing that vaguely resembles an axolotl with fins and not legs; it's got kinda spiky fins on top and is sort of loach-y. I can't get a picture because of the water quality; the light started smoking and threatening to catch fire (!) so the tank is both dark and murky. I might try again later.

I'm going home in about twelve hours and it's about an hour's drive. I was already stressing about moving my bettaautolinker.com autolinking image fish and now this! It seems like a bad idea to do a water change or anything but I'm not sure what else I can do. Any advice? I'm pissed as hell that someone did this. It's not like you don't know when winter break starts.

(also, anyone in CT or MA want some guppies and a long-greyish-thing? :P)
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The grey thing i am betting is a dragon goby. You can do a waterchange but do it slowly. If you can setup a bucket with an airline going into the tank to add water back. Is the filter still running?
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Default Re: Abandoned fish, help!

Man, that stinks, I love people who consciously neglect their pets :(

I would do as Bev (majerah1) suggested, and once the tank is looking marginally better try vacuuming the gravel.
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Please correct me since I'm new, but I thought fry would be a sign of a healthy tank.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Emminent death is a great encouragement,as most all animals have a natural drive to continue their species.Many animals:we'll say salmon,spawn(breed) right before the end of their life(it is the last thing they do before dying!) Nature drives them to do what ever necessary to reproduce before it's too late.
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Coralbandit,

That's pretty hilarious and sad :-)

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Emminent death is a great encouragement,as most all animals have a natural drive to continue their species.Many animals:we'll say salmon,spawn(breed) right before the end of their life(it is the last thing they do before dying!) Nature drives them to do what ever necessary to reproduce before it's too late.
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very sad but true,most often in captivity an animal breeding should be considered an accomplishment.Dogs,cat,rabbits,mice and many fish just will if they can.Nature tells them(can you hear it?)that's what their here for.They have no jobs and with few exceptions don't even appreciate(or care for) their families.Part of humanity and socialisation has replaced "mans" animal instinct for what is "right".
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I would do slow water changes, start at 25% and a few days later, do another 25% and so on, when the water is clear, start to vacume the gravel in sections. they will very likely have whats called "old tank syndrome for a while, but it will be for the best. is the gray long fish a bichir by chance?
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OP is college student,on their way home by now if time clock is accurate(posted 5:00 a.m aprox,going home for winter break in 12 hrs).The person who abandoned them probably{if it matters,they abandoned them} left before.It's winter(holiday) break for college students.I wish MOST of them a happy holidays!Seasons greetings.
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if its a dragon goby i wouldnt mind taking that off your hands lol.. but im not close to u at all n i wouldnt even know how much nor how to tell u to ship it to me (NY) would be cool i have a 55 gallon tank..as long as its small n wont eat my molly frys lol although im looking to give them away to my lfs as soon as they are big enough i want fancier fish... my pride and joy would be the angel and bala shark ..anyway im rambling
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