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stevenjohn21 01-24-2012 11:05 PM

New Arrival
I recently answerd a post on craigslist regarding a free fish, now i dont usually do this but for some reason that day i decided to reply and get more details. The owner told me on his way to work he noticed a fish tank holding dirty water in his parking spot. He moved it to the side and thought nothing of it. When he left work that evening the tank was still there and he noticed a faint orange smudge moving in the dirty water. He took it home and emptied the tank and filled up with tap water, he kept the fish for 2 years until he realised that the fish was out growing the tank. . . . thats when i answered the post.

Last week i arranged to pick up the fish that the owner had no idea what it was, i entered the room to find a 10-12" Red devil cichlid in a 10 gallon tank ! The poor thing has hole in the head which im working to heal at the moment. The owner told me that the tank he was in was the tank he had originally found him in when he was roughly 2-4" He admits he knows nothing about fish keeping but he couldnt throw him away like the previous owner obviously did.

I decided to take him home, knowing i had no tanks available for him at the time but i figured i could swap a few fish around and squeeze him in somewhere. I had a 30 gallon tank with Angels in which i moved to a 20 gallon long i had "hanging" around, and put the RD cichlid in the 30 gallon. Now before i get hate mail i know neither tanks were suitable for the cichlid or the angels but i figured a 30 gallon would feel like a mansion compared to the 10 gallon he was in all his life !

Since taking the fish home i have been searching all over the place for a affordable 75+ gallon tank for him. . . . today was the day ! Ive been setting his tank up to a bare minimum until i can sort his HITH desease out. He also looks to have a huge chunk missing off the back of him ! Any ideas what that could be from ?

ScarlettAngel 01-25-2012 02:09 AM

No criticism from me, only praise. Well done you.
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ScarlettAngel 01-25-2012 02:10 AM

Forgot to say ' what a beautiful fish'
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1077 01-25-2012 02:36 AM

Could have been birth defect with regards to spine which was made worse by living in cramped tank.
Fish often don't develop properly in too small of enviornment.
HITH is hard to cure but can be kept under control with clean enviornment,proper foods.
Metronidazole mixed with foods can help.

All fish should be so lucky as to have someone like you to offer care.

Romad 01-25-2012 04:32 AM

That fish is singing "Movin On Up"

Keep us posted on his progress.

stevenjohn21 01-30-2012 10:33 PM

Just a quick update, its been 2 weeks since i rescued this fish and he is doing great. The HITH is still obvious but im sure as time passes it will get better even though its going to leave scars :-(
His huge chunk i now think is due to his poor conditions as he grew but it doesnt effect his swimming and i kind of like it since he is unique :-)
I know you like pics so here are some in his new setup. . . . enjoy !

lorax84 01-31-2012 11:24 AM

Great job. I am honestly surprised he can even swim after being in a 10gallon for so long. Th owner of my lfs told me a story about a large oscar someone brought in that had been in a 10galllon all it's life. The fishes muscles had atrophied so bad he could not propel himself through water. They had him for a week before he died. I'm glad that wasn't the case here.

Jayy 02-01-2012 08:57 PM

He looks soo much better! Great job!

Tazman 02-02-2012 10:19 PM


Congrats on giving him the life he deserves....if his defect is not effecting him in any is your unique fish and you know you did all you could to try and heal him.

I have to say I really like stories like this when people go out on a whim to rescue a fish.

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