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post #1 of 9 Old 08-31-2009, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Sad, sad news...

Hello all, sorry it has been a while since I posted anything, but a tragic event has reverted me back to the fish forum community for support. Now for the sad part...
So I'm 18 years of age, and as most teens my age, we head off to college. The bad news came when my pops told me that it was my responsibility to find someone to either care for my babies (fish) or find out what I should do with them because he didn't want it to be his responsibility. So my move in date was rapidly approaching and my resources were very limited, i.e. no real way to transport my fish anywhere, but thank god my father allowed me to borrow his truck in order to transport them. What ended up happening was I called up my lfs and they agreed to take my babies and care for them until the perfect buyer presented themselves. All in all it was a very sad experience, (I almost cried) some of the fish I had were from when I had just started my original 20 tall tank. I raised a Bala Shark from a .5" juvenile to a 3" monster. I miss them all dearly but Karma has paid off in the form of a 200g tank that might be mine by summer . It was a shame to see them go, but I have confidence that they will all be taken care of and be very happy. I'll keep you all updated on my various fish endeavors and thanks again for being here for me.

Yours truly,
Chris (ptrain)
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-31-2009, 07:09 PM
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Chris, I'm sorry you had to part with your "babies". What a sad story. I hope you are able to get the 200 up & running.

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post #3 of 9 Old 09-01-2009, 01:35 PM
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I too have empathy for you. But on the bright side, just remember that others on this forum have written about unfortunate mishaps with their fish when left in the care of those who do not have your knowledge and instincts. When an aquarist who has this knowledge acquires your fish, the fish will be well looked after, and that is important. And then there's that future aquarium to think of...

Good luck in college, and through your future,


Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-01-2009, 02:08 PM
I'm so sorry you had to give up your fish! Best of luck in college.
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-01-2009, 04:33 PM
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Am I the only one wondering what will happen with the 200 gallon when you go back to school next year?? You'll def. need someone to look after it then.

Good luck in school.

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post #6 of 9 Old 09-01-2009, 06:42 PM
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I have walked in your shoes and this is indeed very hard to deal with. While we were stationed overseas I established several real nice tanks with plenty lil babies...the day came and we had to return home, sooner then we thought....One Lady came (apperently very good fish keep IMO) and bought 5 of my tanks in 1 go...I set down and cried when she left too.
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-01-2009, 07:05 PM
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The bigger the tank the easier to maintain. (once its started up of course).
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-09-2009, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your best wishes about college, so far its going good. And the 200 gallon tank is going to be a graduation present to myself, so hopefully in five years time (four if im lucky) it will be up and running with a bunch of new babies for me :)

But in the more near future, I'm planning on getting an appartment and bringing my one tank up. But then again, its all up in the air at this point.

By the way, it feels great to be back amoung friends :)
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-11-2009, 02:25 PM
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gosh,how awful,i'm so sorry about that.
i wish you the very best of luck for collage,and i really hope you will be
able to set up a tank.
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