Ok, so there is a daycare that I am often helping in for one of my classes and they have a big fish tank that is honestly depressing. It seems not well kept and all the fish are very pale and obviously unhappy. But their tank maintenance is their problem I wouldn't try to change that, the problem is the fish.
It is socked with :
1 large parrot cichlid
1 large tinfoil barb
4 tiger barbs
And wort of all, one green spotted pufferfish.Eeek!
The pufferfish looks really sick and a yellow color with faded grey spots. It is really sad. They need to live in brackish water and a freshwater setup is simply not acceptable, especially one with no plants and these tank mates! I don't know how long they have had the puffer but I am assuming he is relatively new because he is still alive. And then the tinfoil barb, don't they need at least four others to school with? He is big and slow moving and the tigers will often nip and harass him. The cichlid just wanders around and does his own thing. I don't know how big the tank is, but it is large, probably enough space for what they have but not big enough to add more. There are also very few hiding places in the tank.
So, obviously, nothing about this setup really works.
My main concern is the pufferfish. The other fish can at least survive and be sad but the pufferfish won't. Chances are he is not being fed the proper food either to get him nutrients and trim his beak. I feel like they need to know the situation because I am quite sure they would not want to be cruel and are just ignorant or misinformed. I'd be happy to tell them if I had a tank to give them or to take the puffer for them, but I don't. So if I tell them, I can't really offer any help to fix the situation other than my knowledge.
Ideas? I hate to see the fish looking so bad, but I don't know how to help!
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