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Problem fish!

Hi all,
Last Friday we bought a complete fish tank off of Ricardo, we were told there were 15 neons and 3 schmerlen (Loach in English). On getting the fish home and spending some time looking into what exactly our loaches were we discovered that they should never have been put in the tank as it's too small (60L) and also they should be alone and we had 3! They are Golden Chinese Algae Eaters.
Does anyone know where I can take them? We now only have 2 as when we looked in on them this morning the smallest was sadly no more. This makes it even more important that we re-home the other 2 as I believe the larger one attacked the smaller one and killed it.
We bought a place for them to hide today to try and create some peace in the tank but it's just a short term solution really.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Problem fish!

to confirm you have these?




when they are small they are ok together but when larger, forget it !

these are really not a good choice for a tank at all, they will attack and suck onto nearly any fish they can catch and normally end up killing them.

DONT even consider adding any flat sided fish until these are out of the tank!

siamese algae eaters are a lot better and do live in groups-i have 5 together.


options...... free adverts but you prob wont get rid of them that way as they are difficult to house.

you may only be left with the option of putting them in the freezer
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Re: Problem fish!

Thank you for the info, yes they are the ones in the picture. It's really unfortunate, we didn't buy them ourselves and will definitely do a lot of research in future when we buy more fish but first we have to get rid of these! I don't really want to go down the freezer route because I feel bad for the fish, it's not their fault they were mis-sold!
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Re: Problem fish!

Do they have to be completely alone like the Betta fish? Instead of freezing them, couldn't you just take them out and put them in separate bowls/vases until you can find new homes for them?

If I lived closer I'd take one from you. But it's a bit far to go to save the little fishes life.
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Re: Problem fish!

Thanks minimia!
Yes it does seem like they need to be housed separately. It also looks like they are being mis-sold an awful lot which is very sad.
We have discussed putting at least the big one (the trouble maker) into another container, the problem is we just don't have anything suitable. They have been known to jump out of tanks and nothing I have has a lid!
We are hoping that a rescue centre in Zurich will be able to take them, my husband has found one but it was closed yesterday.
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Yes it does seem like they need to be housed separately. It also looks like they are being mis-sold an awful lot which is very sad.
We have discussed putting at least the big one (the trouble maker) into another container, the problem is we just don't have anything suitable. They have been known to jump out of tanks and nothing I have has a lid!
We are hoping that a rescue centre in Zurich will be able to take them, my husband has found one but it was closed yesterday.
Do you have a vase or a salad serving bowl? Could you not put a plate, cutting board, piece of wood over the top?

It really is too awful they are being sold incorrectly. Or maybe the person who sold it didn't quite understand what he was buying.

Strange they would put these and neons in the same tank when neons are their favorite food. (Well, according to Wiki anyway. )

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Re: Problem fish!

I find it very annoying that they are being sold like this, we will definitely be doing A LOT of research before we buy any more fish in the future but for now we need to deal with this problem so more fish will have to wait!
At the moment there is some harmony in the tank, we got a cave yesterday and the bigger one seems to like hiding out in that one so the other one can hide elsewhere. I've not seen him go for the neons as yet but I have been keeping him well fed and the neons are really quick, I've read that slow moving fish suffer more because they can't get away.
Maybe he will have to go in a salad bowl until Tuesday! I'll be keeping an eye on activity today but hopefully it will remain peaceful.
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Re: Problem fish!

Feed it to the cat, see how it likes being on the other end of the food chain...
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Feed it to the cat, see how it likes being on the other end of the food chain...
noooo! don't feed it to the cat!!!


i'm glad there is some peace in the world for a while. maybe they can live in peace for some time. research does say it's possible. just don't get other we fish just yet. good luck!
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noooo! don't feed it to the cat!!!
Don't worry, I haven't got a cat and shy away from the freezer treatment as well.
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Re: Problem fish!

Put it between two slices of bread?


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Put it between two slices of bread?
No! And I don't want to hear the word s.u.s.h.i. either!
Although it's not my fish so I don't know why I'm so defensive.
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Re: Problem fish!

what's the freezer treatment? is this better than flushing down the toilet?
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what's the freezer treatment? is this better than flushing down the toilet?
putting them in the freezer is a quick way, its just like a human out in the cold, go to sleep and dont wake up.

in the toilet the fish could live for a few hours depending on the type
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Re: Problem fish!

Cook them and have a nice fish meal
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putting them in the freezer is a quick way, its just like a human out in the cold, go to sleep and dont wake up.

in the toilet the fish could live for a few hours depending on the type
Many yrs ago I had a friend that had split up with his wife so a few of us went to help him sort the house out he had a big fish tank full of fish a few hours later I needed to make a pee pee lifted the toilet lid and it was full of fish I went mental at my friend rehome animals do not flush them grrrrr
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Many yrs ago I had a friend that had split up with his wife so a few of us went to help him sort the house out he had a big fish tank full of fish a few hours later I needed to make a pee pee lifted the toilet lid and it was full of fish I went mental at my friend rehome animals do not flush them grrrrr
Just for curiosity, did you pee on them and then made your friend take them out?
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Just for curiosity, did you pee on them and then made your friend take them out?
I made my friend take them out and shouted at him for being so cruel grrrr
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putting them in the freezer is a quick way, its just like a human out in the cold, go to sleep and dont wake up.

in the toilet the fish could live for a few hours depending on the type
So putting a fish into a freezer in the humane way to kill it, wow.....
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Re: Problem fish!

Man, I think my neurons are misfiring again...

When I first read the suggestion to put them in the freezer, I thought that referred to some kind of cryogenic thing you can do with fish that I didn't know about. Like the OP could thaw them out later when she had another tank.
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