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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-08-2013, 03:04 AM Thread Starter
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Fish rescue from petsmart. a beautiful silver angel with orange highlights.

I have become friends with one of the fish guys at petsmart and got him to give me this little guy for free so I can nurse him back to health. sorry for the crappy ipad photo. he is a very beautiful little fish!


apparently one of the dragon bichir things jumped into his tank and nipped all his fins off and it got infected. that was their story.

why is the pic upside down? well photobucket fails again! tried to rotate but still upside down.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-08-2013, 06:25 AM
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Oh wow...poor thing. Good luck getting him healed up. I had a hard time figuring out what I was looking at, but once I turned my laptop over it all made sense lol.

It is kind of fun, I think, to nurse injured fish back to health, but unfortunately medications are so expensive. Every time I've had to treat a fish that had some sort of infection, I ended up spending more money on meds than I did on the fish in the first place. But that's part of being a responsible pet owner I guess.
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Good luck rearing him back to health. My advice is to mostly focus on water quality through frequent water changes....That alone can pretty much turn it around.
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I've had really good luck nursing nipped fin fish back to health with Melafix. Its pretty reasonably priced and lasts longer than it takes to get the fish back to health.
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Good for you man....I applaud you! I can't remember which store it was that I visited this past weekend (I went to like 6 or 7), but one of them had a tank with 4 or 5 angels just like the one you rescued. Their top and bottom fins were completely gone! It's a damn shame how irresponsible some of these stores are. You'd like to think that they are savvy enough to keep compatible fish together in a tank. I guess nothing surprises me with these pet stores anymore......so sad!
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Sometimes I feel like any fish purchased from petsmart (or petco) is considered a rescue! LOL
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I would agree, but some people out there really don't know what they are doing. They have a brand new tank in one hand, and a bag full of fish in the other. May as well put those poor fish in the toilet.....they'd have a better chance of surviving!
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I see that every time I go to a Petland or Petsmart. Somone buying a Betta and a new tiny tank to put it in. No filter,heater nothing.
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I went to Petsmart today, and they had 3 dime sized Angelfish - two had absolutely no top fin. It actually looked like it had been sheared off in a straight line, parallel and adjacent to the back (like it was done by the vendor). That won't grow back. The same two also had one very tiny, withered pectoral fin where the other fin was nice & long. They were both marbles that looked very alike, making me think they were from the same batch. it was so sad to see. Then I noticed the many fish species that top out at an adult size of 10" on their info cards (comets, koi, and cichlids mostly) and the minimum tank size was labeled as a 29g!

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Oof! Those label cards are wrong all the time! I've seen tiger barbs listed as community fish before. But back on subject....those poor angel fish! That is a real bad mishandling of fish! Those fish had to be in the wrong tank for a LONG time for it to get that bad. How can they not see that happening?
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I almost rescued a crowntail beta from Walmart last night. horrible conditions for those fish.
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Walmart should not be allowed to sell live animals. I'm surprised there hasn't been an animal activist group go after them.

How is that angel doing?
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Wow. I have never seen an angel beat up so bad before. I am surprised it's still alive.

On another note the last 2 times I went to my local Petsmart, I have been pleasantly surprised. Fish are all active and seem quite healthy, a bigger variety of fish, and plants too!

I got a nice looking crypt they had in a pot, and 2 German blue rams that are two of the friendliest fish I have owned. I also get feeders for my puffer there, and I have yet to have a death or any disease show up in the minnows. It's quite refreshing.

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