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post #51 of 54 Old 09-14-2011, 01:43 AM
Glad to hear, that's awesome you haven't had any deaths.
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post #52 of 54 Old 09-14-2011, 07:24 AM
Great to hear! I've stained a loooooot of stuff with the rid ick+. I have a special set of measuring spoons now just for medicating my fish because I'll NEVER get the blue out and I'm fairly sure I'll poison myself with them.

Stress and ich can present themselves in odd ways. What a lot of people don't realize is that by the time there are white spots on your fish, the ick has been in their systems for a while - the spots are a late stage in the life cycle, not the first sign. Congratulations on diligently observing and caring for your fish, you should be proud of yourself for bringing them back from that state. Many people would've let them die or tried 1 thing and if it didn't work, resigned the fish to dying.
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post #53 of 54 Old 09-14-2011, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I believe that as a pet owner, whether they're big or small, it's your responsibility to care for them. I know fish owners who have opted to let their fish die to save money and just buy new fish later. To me that's akin to cruel and unusual punishment and is a sign of a careless and selfish owner. Fish may not be the brightest bulbs in the shed, but they deserve a good life, especially when they're held captive in a tank many times smaller than their natural environment.

Already looking forward to starting a second tank of more colorful & aggressive fish, now that I've realized how to stock a community tank. Going to start another thread on that soon :)
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post #54 of 54 Old 09-14-2011, 01:26 PM
As Albert Einstein said - "Everyone is a genuis. But if you judge a fish based on it's ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking that it's stupid."

So maybe they are the brightest bulbs, and they sit in their tanks wondering why we have so much trouble figuring out how to take care of them.
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