Some Positivity :)

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  1. Lucyn

    LucynValued MemberMember

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    I see a common theme on this thread that the majority, or at least a lot of people come here to seek help for their ill fish. In the days of urgent needs, time to time it can be too late. Sometimes it can be a bit depressing when someone's prized fish didn't pull through, and I'd like to tell a little story about a successful experience of mine, if you're interested. Encouragement at least, because sometimes it can seem like everything is going wrong in our hobby.

    Around 6 months to a year ago when I had just started my interest in Discus, I was looking for my first Discus to see if I can even mange it. After countless hours of research, I thought I was more than ready, so I took my shot. Took a trip to my LFS, and this one Discus caught my eye, no particular reason other than I felt that connection. If you've ever had that fish, or any pet for that matter, that just catches your eye and you tell yourself, "I'm taking him home". But there was a catch, a pretty steep one. He was nearly completely black, couldn't even tell he had a pattern, didn't even know what strain he was, but I felt nothing but guilt for the little guy. I talked to the manger at the department down to half the price of the fish, since he honestly thought he was going to die and I wanted to give him a chance. It would break my heart to just give up on the guy and turn my shoulder, I'm not one for culling fish, typically and personally. I know this goes against everything when picking out new Discus fish, ESPECIALLY for my first ever Discus, but I at least had to try. At least if I knew I could nurture an extremely sick Discus to full health, I could keep Discus at a minimum.

    I took the little guy home, acclimated him as quickly as possible and started treatment. A run of erythromycin, and light salt. I changed his water in a 29 gallon tank 90% twice a day everyday before I left for work, and when I got home. Surprisingly, after two weeks he looked absolutely stunning, I thought I was finished treatment so I stopped, little did I know the bacterial disease was not completely killed off. After a week or two of a completely healthy, eating like a pig Discus, he was back to square one. I had grown a bond with this fish already, I felt nothing but remorse at this point. I had gotten other Discus at the time, they were all picking on him, he was not eating, back to being completely black and extremely labored breathing. Once moved to a separate tank I started treatment once again, just twice the salt I had previously used. I treated and changed twice the water for instead of two weeks, a whole month. After carefully feeding for that time, feeding him piece by piece of a pellet, netting out any poop as soon as I'd see it, he was finally back to his old self, once again, the hard work finally paid off.

    Around a week later, once he got his appetite back I encountered another obstacle. He was absolutely starving, once getting his appetite back he ate way too much compared to the others and had some very bad bloat. Swimming upside down almost as if his swim bladder was injured, a marble sticking out of his stomach with extremely labored breathing. I acted fast, filled a bucket of water the same temp as the tank, plopped him in and treated with a table spoon of Epsom Salt per gallon, giving him the bath for 30 minutes. Put him in a separate QT tank, around 15 minutes later I never saw more poop in my entire life come out of a fish, lol. This was by far the scariest experience out of all the times nurturing the fish, I really thought he wasn't going to make it this time. Come to find out, he pulled through, once again.

    To this day, a half a year later, he is by far the Alpha of my chain of command out of my 5 Discus, soon to be 6. Not to mention the most gorgeous, anytime I show someone new to my tank, their eye automatically directs to him, every time people are caught in awe. He's now the biggest, most personable (not to mention my favorite, but don't tell the others shhhh), fish that I own at this moment. I don't know of too many people that can pet their Discus, pick them out of the water without them evening fighting, he couldn't trust me more, and that makes me so happy. The pictures inserted below are him the day I got him, vs today. Hope I could improve someones day with this little story, thank you for taking the time to read it. :)
     

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  2. CaptainAquatics

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    I have a story to tell (I be it a bit less insane). Almost 1 and a half years ago I got my now favorite fish of all time, Captain the Blood Parrot Cichlid. @Lucyn I totally understand that special bond feeling as I got it ametiatly when I saw Captain. He was probably 2” and was hiding in a rock with some other cichlids. He was a personable little guy and I just fell in love. I had just recently lost my last favorite fish just like a week earlier. Captain was a bit of a impulse buy when I got him not knowing that he would grown 8”. After I got him home I put him in a 10 gallon tank that I had empty at the time and that’s where I really bonded with him. Captain was healthy for a while until I tried to add in a clown loach. I didn’t really know what QT was at the time and wasn’t aware of the clown loach ich problem, I think you can see where this is going. Not a day later did I start to see little spots of ich on Captain and his friend. The clown loach did pass away shortly after however captain pulled through pretty well. I just put in some cupermine and the ich was gone in like two weeks. Fast forward like a month and Captain is growing quick. I am now aware I will have to get a larger tank and at the time planned for a 55 gallon for him. I didn’t have the budget for a 55 yet so I upgraded him to a 29 gallon. After he got moved I QT’d and added in a Oscar (Delta) and three FeatherFin catfish. This was also around the time I was starting to get some other cichlids (all rescues from a friend) I had a kenyi, and a electric blue and yellow cichlid. They kenyi and electric blue were in a 20 gallon, and the electric yellow was in a 10. It was around here when captain started to get territorial and he nearly killed my Oscar. I had three choices: Let the Oscar stay and see what happens, re-home the Oscar, or put the Oscar in the 20 and put all the other cichlids with Captain. I really didn’t want to re-home the Oscar so I went with the third option. I moved delta in the 20 and put all the other cichlids with captain. I was interested to see how captain would behave with these other cichlids that were nearly the same size as him (at the time), especially my kenyi who was a bit of a jerk. Fast forward a bit my Oscar is doing well in the 20 however things aren’t looking so good in the 29. The catfish were fine (no one bothered them), but Captain was not. Captain has some disagreements with the kenyi and after multiple re-scapes to try and change territory, Captain had no territory. For a long time captain would sit in the top corner and would not really eat. At this point I had aquired a 55 gallon however there was a 10” Oscar already in it and I didn’t really know if that guy would kill captain. After another week of the Oscar getting settled and Captain continuing to suffer I made he choice that Captain is going to die if he stays in the 29, let’s try the 55. Luckily the big Oscar never bothered Captain and captain grew and got better. The catfish and the other Oscar I had got moved into the 55 slowly over time and now half a year later they all got moved to a 130 gallon and are now happily living in peace.
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    One of the catfish:
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    Unfortunatly the big 10” Oscar jumped and passed away shortly after being moved to he 130. I would also like to apologize for the glare.

    Hope this fits this thread!
     
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    Lucyn

    LucynValued MemberMember

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    Wow, still is a bit crazy, glad everything worked out :) I learned to never been pesitmistic in this hobby, there's always a way, you just have to find it.
     
  4. Carmen79

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    Let's see, I think I have a story I can share :)

    I have a small sorority, four girls in a planted 70 liter tank.

    In the beginning they were 5. Mary jane was being bullied by the alpha, so heavily, that I had to separate them. I placed her in a community tank, with friendly fish who welcomed her.

    After a month or something, I decided to put her back with the other girls. In the beginning she was confused. And going on a low profile. But very quickly she caught up with the tank and nowadays she has such confidence that I sometimes surprise myself wondering if she's not a new alpha...!
     
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    Great stories of success! I'm glad the fishes were saved!
     
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