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Rescued fish

Well, i saw an add that said free. It was for a 30g tall tank, HOB filter, and fish. I went with buckets, thinking if the fish are not what i want, i'll bring them to a friend. Well, I got there and found 5 huge fish in the tank. A Green Terror, Jack Dempsey, Sailfin Pleco, catfish (i don't know the type), and a little grey fish (again, i don't know the type).

After about 2 seconds of thought, i decided to take them, i had a 55g just sitting around and a spare filter. The fish were thin and affarid of people. After about a week at my house, they all plumped out and they are starting to come around. I was able to save 20g of water from the tank they were in and put new fres water in (by-product of my RODI).

Just wanted to share a few picures. (sorry if they are bad, they still hide and i try to move around to get them all. the Terror is the only one that will come out)

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the Jack,


the Terror,


Sailfin,


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Good to see they've been moved to a bigger home.

The grey fish is striped convict.


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Good job on rescuing fish! Those guys seems a little big for a 30gal... I love sailfin plecos. I've had a few in my recent tanks, and their a blast. Get him some bogwood!

If you don't mind me asking, where did you find it for free? Craigslist?
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I also like the sailfin pleco. Had a common pleco for awhile and when I saw him digging up plants to munchin on the roots I got rid of him (newb mistake). Now I have the sailfin and he never touchs my plants.
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Good job on rescuing fish! Those guys seems a little big for a 30gal... I love sailfin plecos. I've had a few in my recent tanks, and their a blast. Get him some bogwood!

If you don't mind me asking, where did you find it for free? Craigslist?
At my local Veterinarian's office, when i brought my Jack Russell in for a check-up.
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At my local Veterinarian's office, when i brought my Jack Russell in for a check-up.
Haha, nice! I wish I could find someone looking to get rid of their tank in my area....

What are your plans for it?
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What are your plans for it?

Well, rite now, i'm looking for an iron sand and a canister filter (like a FX5). I've got a salt 48" fixture with 1 bulb in it and am thinking about switching to a regular T8 so it isn't as intense. Also, I want to pull all f the rock out of it because, from what i read, all the fish prefer a sand bottom. Moreover, i need to take care of some illnesses...i've got bloat in the jack and convic has fin rot....not too happy, any suggestions on how to treat???
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The convict is my favorite south american cichlid. They were the smallest fish in the tank we had years ago, yet the meanest of them all. Great job on the rescue! I am sure they are happier!
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wow. great story
i've always wanted to keep big fish like that but i can't resist a school of neons tetras attacking a cube of bloodworms.

what are you feeding them?

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Great job saving them!

The catfish looks like some type of Syno to me. Don't know if that would help.
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so far, i've fed them pelts, flake, and blood worms. they tend to eat off the bottom. the jack is the only one that will come 1/2 way up when i feed them.
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I'm sorry to hear that your struggling with them being sick... Heres a helpful resource: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/fi...ick-guide.html
I've been out of the hobby for some time, so I'm not sure whats safe to use to treat these fish. But I would recommend looking over that link, and if you don't find the answer then ask on the fish portion of this forum.

Sounds like their still pretty stressed out from the move, being that their not coming out much for the food? You might want to use some stress coat..? I'm not sure... They might just take some time to adjust.
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Time they have. Thank you for all your help MistyRiver, and everyone else. I'll keep you posted as time goes on. In the meantime, i'll see what i can do about the sicknesses. Also, i want to move the to yet a bigger home...they're sorta growing on me , so i'm looking for a 90g tank for them.
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btw, how were you able to not make them scared of people? did they always hide when you got close to the aquarium or are they more friendly now?

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wow great rescue story! And lovely fish! That green terror is a beaut!

Sorry to hear about the illnesses though! I'm not sure about the bloat, but fin rot often will go away simply with good water quality. Otherwise an antibacterial should do the trick. Good luck!


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