Rescue fish with HITH

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The mother of someone i know asked me to go round to her house to sort her boys oscar tank out as he has lost interest in it(he is 19 now so should no better). She wanted me to possible take the 2 oscars. I dont have room but i said i would do a good water and filter change. When i got there the filter wasnt working(probably blocked up through no cleaning), there were piles (and i mean piles) of fish poo on the gravel. The jack dempsey i gave him had died and the oscars had hole in the head. I immediately took the fish home and put them in my oscar tank. My oscars took a dislike to them and started battering them. I put a divider in. I know they got to go to the fish shop sooner or later but i would rather not take them with HITH. I dont want the fish shop/s to be unhappy with me for taking a fish they might struggle to get rid off. I have a good relationship with them an d i dont want to spoil it.What i need to do is for my oscars to get on with the new ones till they get better. I was thinking of leaving the tank with its divider for a week then moving one of my oscars over to the new oscars section. If they get on then, move the divider along the tank then add another oscar. Do you think this will work

I have 2 filters running on my tank. I have no room in my house for the tank the oscars lived in before


I have got the right hump with the guy for neglecting the fish

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Good on you for trying to help. Unfortunately, some people take on these animals and just can't be bothered. It's either that, or complete ignorance. I watch a program on sky television that follows people rescuing animals in cities like Houston and Phoenix in the USA. It's totally unbelievable how some people treat their animals, I just cannot understand the mentality of some folk. I'm sure they wouldn't treat human beings like that, because it is an animal, they think they can just leave them in their own filth and not treat them when they're ill. I don't know how these animal rescue people restrain themselves sometimes, I couldn't help myself, I would have to give some of these people a dam good hiding just to teach them a lesson. :evil:

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I know. I went to a lot of effort to explain/show him what to do, and how often, to keep his fish properly. I went with him to the shops, helped him set up and cycle the tank and everything. Then a few months down the line he just didnt bother. As i said have got the right hump with him


I know the TV shows you are talking about- unbelievable some of them


So do you think the divider and popping the existing fish into the area with the new oscars will work in getting them to get along?


Also do you think there could be any long term damage considering they have been living in high nitrates and also ammonia once the filter stopped

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Unfortunately, it's very difficult to say whether the fish will get on. It is very much a hit and miss.

High nitrates for long periods of time can stress fish and make them vulnerable to diseases such as hole in the head disease. Exposing fish to ammonia is a much more serious matter. Their immune system can be seriously damaged which also makes them susceptible to the disease. To be quite honest, it sounds as if these fish have been kept in less than perfect conditions. Not knowing how long they had been kept in poor conditions, I couldn't say if they have been seriously affected. However, I very much doubt this person carried out adequate water changes so I think they're always going to be at risk from ill-health. It would be nice if someone could just give them a home where they are kept in good conditions. This will at least give them half a chance of living for a few years. Problem is, if they had been damaged internally, or they kills been damaged, they may not survive for as long as they should do. Time will tell.

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As the filter wasnt working the fish have been exposed to ammonia, just checking, is that correct?

To say they were kept in less than perfect conditions is an understatement, the conditions were appalling. The water level in the tank had dropped quite a bit and i am guessing this was due to evapouration so i doubt a water change had been done in quite in a while. I got to rehome them somewhere as i dont have the room to keep them when they get bigger. Not keen on dumping them on a shop with HITH. May try adoption on here later in the week but am gonna tell the truth about them

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