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Old 06-22-2012, 07:21 PM   #11
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We feel SO guilty that WE were responsible for killing those goldies, and our hearts are absolutely BROKEN. We don't really know how to cope with it save for moving on and trying to start over...
In my tank at home I have a two year old comet goldfish that's all of two to two and a half inches long. At that age, said fish should be *much* bigger! The fish's growth has been severely stunted due to being kept in a 1.5 gallon tank for almost two years.

Not that long ago, we lost our betta... once an absolutely gorgeous halfmoon who was constantly plagued by bout after bout of fin rot, until, when he passed, those beautiful fins were not much more than stubs -- nothing like the glorious flowing colorful fins they once were and should have been.

I am responsible... both fish, due to my ignorance, suffered through bout after bout of ammonia and nitrite poisoning (though I didn't know, because I didn't test the water). Both lived in environments that were too small for them - especially the goldfish.

It's not an easy realization to come to.

But I'm here, and I'm actively educating myself and learning to be a better caretaker for the surviving comet (and its tankmates) -- and maybe by staying here, and sharing my experiences, good and not so good, I might avoid mistakes in the future, and help others avoid some of the mistakes I've made.

I think that's what matters now.

Good luck!
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Thank you for sharing your experiences, Russell; indeed, I am so sorry about your Betta...it seems you cared for him the way we did our fantails...
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I've lost many fish due to ich outbreaks and most recently, a mini cycle I won't go into details, it really does suck, but its a learning experiece
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Thank you, George; I am sorry for your loss, as well...

Were you really connected to your fish? How long did you have them?

I suppose this is all a learning experience, and that's all we can take from it (kind of like relationships that have gone sour)...
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Thank you, George; I am sorry for your loss, as well...

Were you really connected to your fish? How long did you have them?

I suppose this is all a learning experience, and that's all we can take from it (kind of like relationships that have gone sour)...
One of them I had a connection with, he was a really cool apisto The others were tetras, which are fish that find hard to connect with lol I only had them for a few months, I would feel worse if I had them for years.
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A couple years ago I had a wonderful breeding pair of angelfish. Not long after I got them, they spawned, the eggs got a fungus, then they got a fungus. I treated their tank for over a month, but they pulled through. They spawned for me a few times, and I managed to raise one of their fry to almost the size of a quarter. Would have had more, but they loved to eat their eggs. Anyway, not long after I moved their baby into their tank with them, I made the mistake of picking up some more juvenile angels, hoping to find a mate for the young one.
First one of the new ones died, then another, then my precious baby angel, and then the adults got sick. I medicated, I changed the water like crazy, but one by one I lost all of my angels. I was devastated. I had those fish for a year, I saved them from one infection, I raised their little baby, and then I killed them introducing bad stock. The sad thing is, I had a QT set up but I didn't use it. I trusted the fish to be healthy, they looked healthy. It was my fault. But, I cleaned the tank up, let it lie fallow for a while, and then I got my pufferfish, which I adore. I'm glad I didn't let myself give up on fish, but instead picked the pieces up and started over.
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A couple years ago I had a wonderful breeding pair of angelfish. Not long after I got them, they spawned, the eggs got a fungus, then they got a fungus. I treated their tank for over a month, but they pulled through. They spawned for me a few times, and I managed to raise one of their fry to almost the size of a quarter. Would have had more, but they loved to eat their eggs. Anyway, not long after I moved their baby into their tank with them, I made the mistake of picking up some more juvenile angels, hoping to find a mate for the young one.
First one of the new ones died, then another, then my precious baby angel, and then the adults got sick. I medicated, I changed the water like crazy, but one by one I lost all of my angels. I was devastated. I had those fish for a year, I saved them from one infection, I raised their little baby, and then I killed them introducing bad stock. The sad thing is, I had a QT set up but I didn't use it. I trusted the fish to be healthy, they looked healthy. It was my fault. But, I cleaned the tank up, let it lie fallow for a while, and then I got my pufferfish, which I adore. I'm glad I didn't let myself give up on fish, but instead picked the pieces up and started over.
Thank you so much for sharing your (unfortunate) experiences, Alyxx -- indeed, Angels are gorgeous and I would want a tank of them if I was going to do tropicals. I loved Angels and always bought them when I kept tropicals years ago when I was young -- we could never keep them healthy, though, no matter how hard we tried (my dad and me)...on top of that, there was always some kind of harassment issue between other species like Gouramis who would chase the Angels to death, eventually nipping at their fins and barbs until they were nothing more than floating torsos the next morning. Heartbreaking. So I know how you feel...

We recently went through this with our goldfish tank; before long, a bacterial infection took hold and killed both my beloved fantails that we basically raised since they were small for two and a half years...they were getting big, and then this sickness hit the tank due to a newly introduced Red Cap Oranda who attacked the two established goldies, opening wounds on their rear ends and letting the infection in.

But, like you, we're starting over; we're not quite sure how this is going to play out yet, but we're giving it a chance...
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Ignorance is not bliss, that is for sure.

I have kept fish for most of 40 years but didn't know very much until recently, mostly from here. Even reading books, there seemed to be a disconnect from reading about it to actually keeping the fish. AND keeping the fish in a healthy environment. I am still making mistakes and it SUCKS. Lots of learning by doing and recovering from accidents and mistakes.

Sorry to hear of the losses and fishie suffering. If we didn't care we wouldn't be here learning to make it better.
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Thank you, Autumn.

If there is one thing I learned through all the pain and loss in this hobby, it's to keep things simple -- use a good water conditioner (Seachem Prime particularly because it's so concentrated), do water changes and do your gravel vaccs...that's pretty much it, save for having good filtration.
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