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post #1 of 7 Old 10-14-2006, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Never go back.....

On Monday I took my two I.D. sharks (pangasius catfish) to a large fish store so they could be 're-homed'. I said goodbye to DeNiro and Bruce; they were non-agressive, each about 7 inches in length, and very very active in my tank.

Yesterday, I returned to the same fish store, and saw what I think was DeNiro (no sign of Bruce), in a tank, for sale. His nose looked like it was all beat up; it looked as if his whiskers were missing . I just felt sick. If you give your fish to a store, never, ever go back. It is just heartwrenching. I stood in front of the tank, watching what was once a very active fish, now looking sick. As tears welled up in my eyes, I silently apologized to him.

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-14-2006, 10:19 PM
That's sad. I always fear giving fish to LPS/LFSs for the same reason.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-14-2006, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Eddie. It really does bother me. I'm sure I wouldn't be as sad if I had given up a handful of little platys or something, because they would probably be alright. The big fish that outgrow our tanks are more like 'individuals'. It's going to haunt me for a long time.

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post #4 of 7 Old 10-14-2006, 10:55 PM
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Sorry to hear that, Tracy.

Lfs will never care about what will happen to the fish. If only a lot of fish stores are aware with what they're selling, then people could have avoid the pangasius catfish, Pseudodoras niger and other large catfish which will suit best in a public aquaria.
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-14-2006, 11:16 PM
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I must be lucky to have a small local LFS who cares and knows what they are doing. I recently noticed a 15" pleco that someone gave the store. The person who gave it was apparently going to just throw it in the trash if the store wouldn't take it . People are so dumb!

90gal: 2x Tangerine Discus, 2x Clown Pleco, 2x Catfish.
75gal + 10gal sump: 2x Large Goldfish, 1x Common Pleco, 14x Leopard Danios
55gal: 5x Angelfish, 1x Common Pleco, 8x SIlver Tip Tetras, 16x Neon Tetras, 8x Albino Corys
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-15-2006, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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No doubt, eh? Yesterday I spoke with a lady at a lfs who said she had had to remove a pangasius catfish froma 29 gallon tank for someone. the fish was so large it couldn't even turn around in the tank, and its owner was afraid of it :( How stupid. My big cats were about as non-aggressive as they came-- it was if they were oblivious to anything else in the tank.

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-15-2006, 10:54 AM
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Still, a fish that large is a bit scary in general .

90gal: 2x Tangerine Discus, 2x Clown Pleco, 2x Catfish.
75gal + 10gal sump: 2x Large Goldfish, 1x Common Pleco, 14x Leopard Danios
55gal: 5x Angelfish, 1x Common Pleco, 8x SIlver Tip Tetras, 16x Neon Tetras, 8x Albino Corys
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