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post #21 of 21 Old 12-17-2006, 01:00 AM
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Originally Posted by bettababy
About 5 years ago I took in 2 large and orphaned oscars. A customer brought them to me in a kitchen garbage can. The water was so dirty it was hard to see the fish in it. He'd been keeping them in a 55 gallon tank and had never heard of water changes. Sadly enough only 1 has survived, but thrived and spawned since then. I remember that both of their faces were nearly eaten away, with nothing left all the way up through the gill plates and along the lateral line. There were a horrible mess, and I cried when I first saw them. Then I yelled at the customer (my boss didn't like that much, but was at a loss to stop me) and told him that if he couldn't take care of a pet then he shouldn't have one, and then told him to go away because after seeing that I had no stomach for helping him. He hung his head and apologized, and left. (He came back the next day, apologized again, and asked me to teach him to do things the right way, he wanted to learn... which I did do) I still have what was the smaller of his 2 fish, 5 yrs later, and not only is it healthy and happy in the 220 gallon with my other 2 oscars, but ALL of the scarring has managed to heal over the first few years, and it looks like a normal, healthy oscar.
Now we're on impressive records again. It's unbelievable that you shouted at your customer. I, honestly, have never encountered this one. Still, you did the right thing.

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