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#7010 09/21/04 11:00 AM
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My dear son (11) decided the fish looked hungry, so he dumped fish pellets into the aquarium -- sadly there was so much it coated the entire bottom of the 75 gallon tank and turned the water a putrid orange. <img src="/images/graemlins/mad.gif" alt="" />

He didn't tell anyone how much food he put in until our younger son (7) said that Flounder looked really sick, he was just laying on the bottom of the tank. He and MamaFish were 2 of our original fish and were 4 years old.

When I went to check, Flounder was already in the big fishbowl in the sky, as was MamaFish, and 3 other silver gray young fish. :angel: The 2 plecos were very happy, and 2 orange striped cichlids were alive. fish

We buried Flounder and MamaFish in an aloe vera plant, and the others in other plants. Our tank now looks very empty with only 2 fish, and 2 plecos. <img src="/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />


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#7011 09/21/04 12:44 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your cichlids! I'm sure you've done a thorough cleaning of the tank to get rid of all that excess food. How is your son taking this?

Marian

#7012 09/21/04 10:23 PM
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oh my...i remember me or my brother doing that once when i was young. we knew we werent supposed to, but we were bad. in fact, i think both of us did it at one time; my mom is a fish person.

i cant believe you had 4 year old fish...that must have been something. i can only hope nebbie lasts half that long...

(hug)

#7013 09/22/04 10:55 AM
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Thanks! I don't know how long cichlids usually live, but they were healthy and active before Sunday.


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#7014 09/28/04 11:45 AM
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I got 2 new cichlids at PetSmart -- blue spot. They are very pretty, and the bigger red zebra chases them around happily. So far so good, and boy did we ever scrub down that tank before returning the fish to it.

Nan


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#7015 10/06/04 12:20 PM
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Sigh, the smaller red zebra died last week. :angel: After my youngest son uncovered the corpses in the aloe vera plant to show his friend, I decided that a burial at "sea" was more appropriate. :rolleyes: "But mommy, he wanted to see!" Boys just seem to love gross things.

So, now we have 3 cichlids, and 2 huge plecos in our 75 gallon tank. Looks pretty darn bare to me.
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