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- 1 year
This morning I picked up a 20 gallon tank with one very sad looking angelfish in it. To make a long story short, these people didn't want it anymore and offered me the whole set up for free as long as I took the angelfish as well. I didn't know them (they are friends of a friend) so I had no idea what type of tank or what conditions it would be in but my husband and I went prepared with 5 gallon buckets and everything needed to move it. Well when I got there I almost fainted at the deplorable conditions of the tank. Nasty, murky water with some live plants that are barely alive. I asked when the last time a water change was made and they looked at me like I was from a different planet. She told me she just adds filtered water whenever it gets low! Anyway.. I moved everything and put back the gravel and most of the water. I did about a 15 to 20% water change and figure gradually I will clean out all the muck. Any suggestions as to how to even begin getting this tank healthy? I asked what she used to condition the water and she said she didn't, that she just used filtered water. When I did the water change I put in some stress coat + which I use for my guppies. The fish amazingly doesn't look too bad. He's big and she seems to think he's about 3 or 4 years old. How he's made it this far I don't know. His top fin and tail seem a bit mangled and he's swimming a little lopsided which I attribute to the damage he has. Am I doing the right thing for him? I don't want to stress him out too much and kill him! Any advice would be appreciated. I have a well established 10 gallon tank with guppies in it, but I have NO experience with angelfish. Thanks for the help!