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post #1 of 3 Old 11-13-2012, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy I inherited an overstocked tank!

I bought a 36 gallon bowfront aquarium from a friend who is moving out of state. She sold it complete with all equipment and fish. I got it home, re-filled it and started cleaning it last night. I've had a 10 gallon tank for over a year, and even when I let my tank get a little dirty, it was NEVER this bad! The water was brown sludge. The tank currently has 2 angelfish, 2 dwarf gourami, 2 glass catfish, 3 rosy barbs, and 2 chinese algae eaters. I used an aquarium calculator and found out that the catfish and barbs need to be in groups of at least 5, and that the algae eaters are too big for the tank. I don't know a lot of people with aquariums, but the ones who do keep them are all fully stocked! What do I do with these fish?!?!?
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-13-2012, 11:31 AM
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Awww, MAN!! Rescues can be so difficult! I've been working through one myself. I suggest you call all of the local fish shops around, and see if they'd be willing to take in a 'stray' fish or three. You'll find that they often will - usually (around here) they don't offer store credit or anything, but that's okay with me - I've always just been happy to give the fish a chance at a better home! If you can't find any shops to take him, you could always try to advertise on Craigslist or Freecycle. . . Good luck with the new tank!
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-13-2012, 05:27 PM
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Often fish societies or clubs will help with a rescue situation, that may be another one to look at.
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