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So our Petco is in an area we don't go to alot unless for a specific need like the 1$ per gallon sale etc.. So yesterday when we were in the area we stopped in.

In the middle of the fish section in the large eye-catching custom display tank there were huge signs put up. Adoption first! Special adoption pricing of 15$

In the tank under these signs was a large oranda who looks like absolute poop. After I hear the guy working the section turn away a guy wanting to buy that oranda because "he wouldn't feel comfortable selling him to someone with that small size tank" my husband and I struck up a conversation with the guy.

Turns out this poor 7 year old oranda had been turned in (against the stores usual policy) infested with anchor worm and fresh out of a 40 gallon tank where he had spent the last 7 years living with 2 common plecos, over a dozen other goldfish, and various other community tropicals..

He has massive fin damage, horrible blood streaking and sores, plus his color is so faded... The other surrenders were all adopted but because this guy looked so bad he had been there for over a month with only manual anchor worm removal and salt water per Petco policy.

After talking with the guy he asked my husband and I if we would take him and heal him up and he would even drop the price down to 5$ just to see him in a good home.

So I may still be learning every day but I now have a 7 year old rescue in my QT, thanks to the efforts to save and protect him by one really great Petco employee who genuinely cared.

He is currently in QT with his first Tetra Parasite Guard treatment.

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Oh he is GORGEOUS!  Once you get him healed up, and his color comes back, he will just be amazing.  Please post pictures of his progress -- I'd love to see more of him!

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What an incredible fish, he must be a tank. :)  Good luck with the rehab!

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Oh I like him... :)

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Im so glad you saved him :)

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Great work for everyone involved. He looks pretty beat up. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

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Good luck with this guy. 

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Amazing work, and an even more amazing find!

A few extra bloodworms and some TLC later, and you will really have to post more photos of this beautiful old fish!

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Thanks everyone, I'm very excited about giving this guy a new chance at life after the rough 7 years he/she has already had.

And yes I agree I think he will be beautiful once he is healed! He is just in such bad shape right now my heart goes out to him.

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Poor baby! He's going to be living the high life from here - good on you!

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He doesn't look that bad right now.  One thing we can say for sure -- he's a toughie.  How many of our pampered fancies live 7 years?

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He is GORGEOUS!!! My BEST to him!!!!!

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Wow! What a story. And what a gorgeous fish! :wub:

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It's great that you rescued him. I picked up two fish from a shelter last month who were not looking so good (although not as bad as this poor fish), and they are now zooming around their quarantine tanks and begging for food every time they see me. Can't wait to see how gorgeous and full of personality this guy is after clean water and treatment!

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Such a beautiful fish! Healing light to him.

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He is a beauty! With some TLC he will be looking marvellous

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He's hit the jackpot! I'm happy he's finally found some luck. Great work :)

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That is just amazing! :heart so glad he is in your hands :)

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It's the high life from here on out! :hi5

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