Today it’s the day that I have to say goodbye to my fish. No, they didn’t die. Luckily they are in perfect health but they have outgrown their tank and I have to give them away to someone with a bigger tank.
How did this happen? Well, when I started my tank I didn’t know much about this hobby and I asked the guy at the store for help and he told me that a yoyo loach and a pleco can live in a 10-gallon tank. He didn’t tell me about yoyo loaches being schooling fish, they didn’t ask questions about my filtration capacity AND they didn’t give me a warning about the potential size of these creatures.
When I came home I wanted to learn a little more about the fish I just bought and I found out a lot of things that left me in awe: I did everything wrong and my yoyo loach was prone to be stressed all the time because he was alone and my cute little pleco? He was going to be HUGE. In an attempt to fix that, I went to another shop and they told me that all I had to do was buy two loaches more, which I ended up doing, and that there were going to be fine.
After doing all that and feeling like I dodged a bullet, I sadly found out that a 10-gallon tank was like a closet for these guys and they needed a bigger tank, like ten times bigger.
With all the information I gathered, I made a plan: I was going to keep them in there for as long as I could (when they were still babies) and then I was going to buy a bigger tank for them. But then life got in the way and when the time for me to upgrade my tank came: I had no money at all. It was so sad, but I had to make the right choice: I was going to give them away.
As I am typing this I’m looking at them one last time before I had to give them to their new owner and it breaks my heart. I don’t want to be selfish, that’s why I’m giving them away, but a part of me just wishes that I could keep them. Because they are so interesting to watch, I love to just sit in front of my tank and watch them swim around…
And this is why, when I wrote How to set up a Freshwater Aquarium from scratch, I said that you have to do your research BEFORE going to the store. Don’t mess it up like I did. Buy fish that you can keep until the end, otherwise, you are going to end up emotionally attached to some creatures that you are going to give away!! And trust me, it’s awful!
I’m happy because I’m doing the right thing. They deserve better. It just breaks my heart that I’m not going to see them anymore.
I’ll be twitting today letting you know how the delivery of my fish went. The good thing is that I get to share my whole experience while repopulating my tank with you guys!
Has this ever happened to you? What do you think about sellers that would say anything in order to make a sell? Have you ever had yoyo loaches? What do you think of them? Let me know in the comment section, below!
Anyway, I hope I see you next time… bye!