So I'm on my way to my nan's house and I hear that she's got a fish tank.
I go inside and see a nice little 3 or 4 gallon tank, so I had a closer look...
Here is the tanks stock: (Keep in mind stocking rules as well as aggressive behaviours).
2 Dwarf Gourami
8 Neon Tetra
1 King Betta
2 Bolivian Ram
1 Chinese Algae Eater
4 Harlequin Rasbora
2 Bronze Cory
The neons are only swimming a little bit and barely leave 1" above the substrate, the king betta has had its fins bitten quite a lot. Dwarf Gouramis are staying together but hadly swim. Bolivian Rams are obviously being very aggressive towards eachother, one constantly chases the other without fail. The Corys and Chinese algae eater are the only fish that seem to be ok, however the chinese algae eater seems to chase away most of the fish that come within a certain distance of him. The Harlequin Rasboras have little to no colour and seem to be shaking a lot too. The tank has been set up for a month. I've already tried to tell nan that her tank is overstocked and will lead to bad problems but she just says "the bloke at the fish store says it's ok though". That's as far as the conversation will go to...
I just had to share it...
I hope you're wrong on the size. That's just plain wrong. Sad. :cry:
Well, it's actually a 5 gallon tank after looking at the label on the back (doesn't make the situation any better). It's a very good example of how fish stores say stuff to sell stuff, not taking into account the general requirements and/or needs for the sanity and well being of fish... :evil: <--- The best way to describe it!
yikes... about the only way to get someone like that to change is to gift her a larger tank and then very admittedly tell her not to add anymore fish...
Ha I rarely see her, if I did give her a larger tank (like a 20 gallon) shed probably fill it with 30 neons and about 10 Bolivian rams XD
It is sad to hear stories like this. Unfortunately it happens all the time. I fell victim to it when I setup my first tank years ago. I had no idea what I was doing and the people and pet supplies plus sold me a 10 gallon setup. They also sold my 2 koi to go in it. At the time, I had no idea what a koi was, so I gladly bought them. No wonder they looked so sad and died so soon. Now that I have learned a lot about this hobby, I do my best to help out all the new aquarist.
Oh no!! I'd still try to talk her into bringing back some of those poor fish. If you tell her how many water changes she'll need to do just to keep the water quality somewhat habitable, maybe she'll listen.
That's the worst part, because she only cleans it every 4 weeks because the algae eater makes the tank LOOK clean! The man at her LFS clearly hasn't told her anything about ammonia, nitrites etc.
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just don't visit if its that much of a problem. In the end its their tank. fish. and money they are wasting.
Make your tanks really awesome then have them come and visit.
Most their fish are on the sensitive side so an ammonia spike will come through someday and wipe out most their stock.
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