MODS: Please move this if this is the wrong section to put it in. I decided to post it here so that someone in British Columbia would see it.
I recently saved a common goldfish from a cramped five gallon tank. It's the only reason I bought a 32 gallon aquarium just to keep it in better conditions while I try to find it a home where it would thrive.
It's a common feeder that's about five years old and around 7" give or take. The previous owner had it in a tank - which the fish obviously outgrew - and had no real intentions of buying anything bigger.
I'll be honest, there's been some damage done from ramming into the glass before I took the fish in.
- Due to hitting the glass, the fish had a disfigurement to it's frontal area. I've used Melafix and aquarium salt and it's healed, but the physical damage in terms of looks is done (although it's really not that bad).
- Because of the previous reason, it's a slower eater. Lately it's been getting better and I believe it'll get better, but for now it's eating slowly. It won't chase the food unless it drops right in front of his/hers face.
- There's dark fins/scales on the side which I can only assume are ammonia burns. It was cramped in a five gallon for all of its life (and was a prize fish won from a fair), so that would explain it.
- Sadly, I'm sure the growth of the fish has been stunted and will never reach it's full potential.
- The goldfish has been coming along nicely in every way and it's been much more active, swimming around in a bigger tank.
- The wounds to the front have healed and there's just some loose skin around the front which doesn't seem to be much of an issue soon.
- While it won't be winning any award on looks, this fish is a trooper (the fish still looks really, really, really good!).
- My original thoughts of the fish never being able to eat again is gone. It's eating slowly, but surely it's getting better.
- It wasn't that orange when I first got it. Within a few days of bringing it home, it's turned a vibrant orange! Great news IMO
- I believe this fish will still grow some more in an environment where it's given a chance.
If anyone on here has the space big enough and wants to take in an extra fish, let me know! I know it's crazy to go through all of this just to save one common feeder, but I'm fine with it. It'd be great to relocate into a pond to live out the rest of his/her life happy.
Let me know if any of you are interested!