Claire Corlett

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Aquarium fish rescue DISASTER

Aquarium fish rescue DISASTER

something flopped in that bucket Being that it’s late October and Halloween is here I thought I would share with you guys one of the scariest stories that has happened to me within the aquarium Hobby it was about six seven maybe a little bit more years ago that I rescued an alligator gar, and I’ve actually told this story before Basically an alligator gar was dropped off at a pet store [that] was located a few hours away it ended up in my hands for a couple of reasons [within] my area at the time I was one of the people with a large freshwater aquarium, and they were not that common then They simply were not sold locally you either had to build or custom order them in Etc Which was extremely expensive for me. I was building them and at that time I had a 240 gallon plywood aquarium, and everybody knew it So it made sense for [people] to say hey, why doesn’t joey just rescue it at the time I thought it was a good idea as well I thought it was the right [thing] to do so after a couple of days of finding someone to bring it to me We actually ended up arranging a time and date I had to leave work to go and do this, but I did receive the alligator gar one night my first mistake was not having a large enough quarantine tank to monitor this fish in I actually had to take the fish and Pretty much just add it to my main display tank That was my first mistake, but not the biggest hey, what do you think think you should go outside to finish this story? [who’s] a bit chilly out here, but they’ll make a lot more sense Why I’m out here in a moment. So once the fish was in my tank. It wasn’t long before It started eating and it acclimated nicely. It seemed like everything was gonna be okay until [one] night No, I should also add that this tank was actually in my bedroom meaning that this tank this 240 gallon Tank was only feet away from my bed Which at the time wasn’t a big deal the inhabitants at the time were a couple of silver Arowana? [‘s] and a couple of mo toro freshwater stingrays that was it so one night We are was obviously sleeping and then I heard some real bad thrashing from this from the aquarium coming from the aquarium obviously and I looked around and Actually, I didn’t look around I turned the lights on to the bedroom and I realized that my the alligator gar was attacking my [Arowana] and these were just silver Arowana But they were wild caught and they were a little bit more expensive than you would typically pay for a silver Arowana [the] alligator Gar had one of the [Arowana] in its mouth like a dog bone. It was literally swimming through the water like a Like a dog with a big bone in its mouth it did get to spit the the silver Arowana out but the damage was pretty bad and The fish didn’t end up surviving from that It wasn’t long after that that I also found one of I found the second 8/8 I found the second silver Arowana lying Dead outside the tank because the Lids were slightly opened and the [gar] probably scared it out of the tank so at that point. I was down to Silver Arowana [Z–] well, I believe that’s the order in which it happened This was again seven years ago at least so you know it’s not something that I try to remember but it is what it is, so Again [at] this point, I’m looking for somebody to take this fish. You know it’s killing my fish it’s it’s causing me a problem It’s gonna be eight 10 feet long however long’s [is] gonna grow. It’s I’m not gonna be able to care for this fish Long-term it’s Gonna Cost me thousands of Dollars you know tens of thousands of dollars to build an aquarium thousands and thousands of gallons to house this fish and then the ongoing costs of hundreds of dollars per month all For what this isn’t my hobby this isn’t the hobby that I wanted I didn’t want to have this fish so again I’m looking for somebody to take it somebody to do something with [it], and I was even Actually, I’ll tell you what happened next [so] one night Again this happened at night time and there were moon lights in the tank And there was a night light in the room, so this wasn’t a completely dark room where the fish could just completely freak out I’m sleeping [again], and my wife is in the room And this is really bad because when these things happen and your significant other is around to experience it It makes it really hard to be able to be allowed to continue in this hobby But we’re sleeping there and we hear a loud Smash and this time it was a smash not splashing water or anything or commotion? this was a smash we both wake up and There’s glass everywhere and the alligator gar is dead on the floor it smashed through the lids of the tank These were really heavy-duty lids when you look at your aquarium lids They might be glass and if they are chances are they’re only maybe two millimeters thick not a lot [of] money goes into those lids Perhaps you have acrylic lids and those are definitely much more durable, but these were six millimeter thick what a 30 gallon tank is made out of 33 gallon aquarium are typically all made of that and most 55 gallons for that matter and the alligator Gar smashed directly through it and From what [I] could tell it was dead [on] the ground It was late at night. I decided I’m [gonna] clean up the glass from the tank luckily It didn’t kill the rays or hurt the rays in any way and I Took the guy which was still Apparently dead and threw it in an empty bucket it had no water in that [bucket] was little just an empty Bucket I Figured I’ll deal with this guy tomorrow. I can’t flush them. I gotta find some way to dispose of them It’s 3 4 o’clock in the morning. I gotta be to work tomorrow. I put him in a bucket put him outside Actually, it was just a bucket much like this one just your plain average bucket. Nothing special to it next morning. I wake up And I forget all about the arowana or I’m sorry the guy being outside, but I do remember what happened [I’m] on my way to work, and I get outside [I] closed the door This is basically what it sounded like get inside of my house close the door and I hear this Okay, that’s me kicking a bucket, but what you hear what I heard was something flopped in that bucket Mind you we’re outside in late October and a night time is dropping [down] towards the zeros Meaning that the freezing point in Celsius. I’m not in Fahrenheit Which means that nothing should really be surviving out here in the night time let alone [a] tropical fish But one thing you don’t know about gars or that you might not know about gars. Is that they can survive out of [water] for sometimes extended period of time they’re an extremely durable fish, they’re not a prehistoric fish and have survived millions of years for no reason [I] Looked in the bucket, and it’s still alive [its] breathing it’s it’s looks like it’s doing just fine it Just doesn’t want to be in a bucket. It wants to be in some water. [I] rush it in the house I fill up a big rubbermaid tote container was about 50 gallons and [chucked] the gar in it mind you this is a two-foot-long gar this is a large fish and Then it acts like nothing’s happening It was shortly after that that I found a home [for] I believe two days later. I found a home for a Gentleman locally got it and then shipped it at west somewhere where a person I don’t really know the rest of the story and this experience for me made me realize that Tanks are really not built to withstand impacts of a large fish Nowadays though, I don’t do anything the way [I] used to for example [for] my lids I’m only using these polycarbonate lids There’s no fish that’s going to be able to break through those I guess with everything that happens within your hobby you can use it as a learning lesson, so that has been my horror story for October and as well as halloween [I] guess I kind of wanted to go with the theme of Halloween although that is not that has actually not been my biggest disaster. I’ve had worse and Perhaps one day, I’ll tell you about them, but for now I’d really like to about your guys’s disasters or mishaps or anything that has [happened] to you? So let me know in the [comment] section below Anyways, I hope you enjoyed today’s video, and I will see you guys next week [for] a new topic of the week

100 comments on “Aquarium fish rescue DISASTER

  1. My cousin gave me an spotted gar he told me it died then became alive then one month it disappeared in my fish pond

  2. I have gained a whole new respect for the gar ! I knew it was a hardy fish , but it survived in a 5 gallon bucket with no water outside in chilly weather!? That is amazing ! The fish is just THAT bad ass !

  3. in my state it's illegal to keep a gar as a pet and if you happen to catch one while fishing you have to kill it or turn it over to the game warden to be euthanized as they are a major pest in these parts same thing for muskies and snake head fish :/

  4. i had a giant iridescent shark and a neon dwarf gourami both giants in a 75 gallon tank my sister decided to add giant rocks to the tank when i was at school but she did not put them in softly shy threw them in the tank shattered into a thousand pieces they did not make it

  5. I had a silver Arowana in a 300 gallon alone and one of my rocks a big one a very big rock tipped over and fell on him and squished him he did not make it RIP Johns

  6. That's beyond a rookie mistake, even with no experience with fish I wouldn't put a gar with ANY other living thing, he was kind of asking for disaster.

  7. I read the title of this video and just knew this story was about a gar. Any fish that can breath air and hold it's own with alligators and sharks is definitively a fish to be respected. Plus, the grow FAST. I've seen enough in the Rio Grande in Texas, as well as the Houston Bayous to know how resilient, tough, and big they get.

  8. i dont think ive ever had any disasters only things that gave me a mini heart attack. i had played it safe and simple while i was younger because i didnt have lots of room and didnt want to do anything to accidently hurt them. although now im feeling a bit more adventurous with the hobby but now have too little room for anything bigger then a 5g XD

  9. People keep gars? Wen I was a kid we bow fish gar . stick them to the river bottom with a fiberglass arrow, pull them up and leave them for the raccoons. But have one in a tank ?

  10. When Joey talks about how his wife an her not liking all the fish it reminds me of how my parents dont like my pets.

  11. Gar are plentiful where I am, sometimes they act like pests when you're fishing. When I was little we used to shoot them with 22s and BB guns and we would see the same exact gar over and over again through the years. Didn't even put dents in them 😂 I named my favorite one Scar, even though we used him as target practice he always stayed in the same vicinity for a good five or six years, he was HUGE.

  12. Dude, your hobby is awesome and i love your channel. That being said, you have no idea how lucky you are to have a wife that puts up with all that. You should go home every day and thank her.

  13. Hi I love your vids, I had a freak accident I have a 4ft by 1ft by 2 ft tank and am a keeper of tropical fish, I love sharks so at that point owned a bala shark ,diamond shark and a red rail with other community fish ,the lights were due to go of and I was watching TV and heard a bang and a splash I turned my lights back on and caught my bala shark sinking and was dead out right and he was a big boy, now I can only guess that something spooked him and he darted hit the tank lid hit his head and kill himself out right 😦,this is one of my tank disasters .

  14. I would never buy a wild caught fish. It's wrong to take an animal use to swimming possibly miles a day and keeping them in a little tank. It's fine to keep fish in a tank but if they're captive bread it's okay, because they don't know any different

  15. hey joey can you tell me what is the light color or what is the light that you have used in your asian arowana tank that looks cool dude

  16. I have kinda similar experience with my gar too. Not in an aquarium but a koi pond. One day I found it missing from the water and i couldn't find it. Few days later I found it inside the planter above the pond and still alive.

  17. I don't even know why I'm watching this, I don't own an aquarium or have any interest in keeping a fish as a pet. It's somehow sort of fascinating though.

  18. One time I was having a good day I just got my new fresh water puffer I was playing my x box ……. my brother fed my fish . He fed them my entire can of fish flakes . None of the fish survived . Including the freshwater puffer.

  19. I recall my fire moray eel gt into my filter and well.. . over night.. and next morning he was more of an albino eel….zzzz

  20. Had a koi that committed suicide oh and had a 20 gal sorority outside but ig one night it got too cold and all died except the alpha female.

  21. I have a gar in a 20g and I am going to put it when it's big in a 125g with my big pacu, I hope it doesn't do what it did to your arowana

  22. I had a goldfish when I was younger and I had this fish for a very long time I had it for a few years and the person who owned it before had it for a couple years so it was an old fish it was very big to I don't think it was completely a goldfish I joke around and say it was like an alien or something but anyway I was given a picasimus it was a decent size picasimus I had a decent size tank and I had a routine I would wake up feed the fish come home from school give him a little bit of a snack before I go to bed feed again I'm not joking this was a big fish the picasimus half its size long long story short came home from school one day and my picasimus had eaten half of my goldfish I have not owned a fish sense

  23. That was actually scary at the part where the gar was still alive, I thought it was a zombie 😂

  24. I once added some rescued fish to my established community tank, a lady I had helped with her tank years before had gotten demensia and had to go live with her daughter and she made sure I got her tank and all its inhabitants as a gift along with an outdoor koi pond and all kinds of accessories. It was a random mix of tropical fish that had caught her eye at Petsmart where she used to work, so there were barbs and flying foxes and aussie rainbows, convict, and one cool looking catfish which I thought was a synodontis, I did not know. Everybody got along.

    Until two years later when my Heros Severus died (at age 9) and then I lost a fish a night until I realized what I had was an Ariopsis seemanii, columbian shark catfish. I moved it to another tank which I slowly added salt to until it was brackish and this fish was the most active I ever had, later I had a fancy goldfish in the pond that got a fungus, instead of treating it seperately I added him to the brackish tank as treatment and there it stayed until this day.

    But when I lost all those small fish to this catfish when the boss of the tank died I had the same reaction, I did not ask for this fish, I just misidentified a juvenile of one species as an adult of another. Now I'm thinking of going with a brackish mangrove biotope with moonies and scats, a school of ariopsis and the one fancy goldfish.

  25. Shoot, man. When I lived in Oklahoma, those puppies lived in the river and could be caught and ate. My dad brought one home to show off, and he and some buddies said the stereotypical "tastes kinda like chicken"

  26. Master Storyteller, captivating, thoughts together, well prepared, story flows. these are all terms and words that i would not use to describe this mess. its more of a rambling nightmare that caused me severe anxiety trying to suffer through it

  27. Back in College in my Dorm room my room mate attacked me and he went to jail at night. The college removed the roommate from the dorm but that roommate knocked my Beta tank on to my bed. I did not know this until the next day about 24 hour later. I returned to the dorm room and found my green beta still alive laying there on my bed in laying in a wet spot from the tank water. I save him and he lived for another two years.

  28. Not super big but the family Beta just had her bowl and everything cleaned and it was on the counter while her usual spot was also cleaned. I come into the kitchen where she was and there was my cat playing with her on the floor. I chase him off and pick up the Beta thinking she's dead but I pause before I throw her out and decide to hold her in her fish bowl. After a minute or so she starts moving and seems to be just fine. Definitely glad the dang cat didn't kill her and she's back to her safe spot away from him.

  29. Several years ago I had 4 goldfish which I owned for 5 years. They had gotten quite large and outgrowing my 50 gallon tank. I decided how cool it would be to put them in my large pool outside and he able to swim with them. That day my fish and I had a great time and I thought I was the coolest fish owner ever! The next morning…….yup you guessed it. All dead from the chlorine. My heart sank big time! Great intentions and no knowledge. I now have 37 golds and 2 koi in my new pool pond and I love it!!!!! Minus chlorine! Lol.

  30. I had a house party when I was 16. My “friend” poured jack Daniels and vodka in my mums outdoor pond……. safe to say I was not allowed a party ever ever again

  31. i had a fish tank with 4 common mollies (i think that's the plural),1 goldfish, 4 zebrafish and 1 really rare fish don't know the name but it was small, red, orange and blue and they started to kill themselves by squeezing behind the filter and jumping out of the tank. soon I had a zebrafish and the really rare fish left. the next afternoon I see the zebrafish is trying to eat the rare one. there was nothing I could do though as the two fish were so small I would end up injuring them so all i could do is watch. Then the glass in the tank started to crack so i had to put the zebrafish in a plastic bowl. I knew my home wasn't a good place for an aquarium so I asked my uncle if he would take them. I passed him on to him and the zebrafish lived a good life until my cousin accidentally gave him a month supply of food one day. LOL

  32. Joe, hate to say it! But smoked gar strips with garlic butter and cracked pepper corn! That’s how you make sure gar stays dead and has the best ending story! Ohh, serve over rice!

  33. Joey imagine if you still had the gar to put in the two thousand gallon or the pond! But it would probably still out grow those…

  34. Scary… bro.. you had the ariwana in your intro & my heart skipped a beat & my blood pressure rose..

    🤔Yeah, I may as well subscribe now…. seeing as I'm recognizing the kids…🤷🏾‍♂️

  35. my first black ghost (a baby around 5cm) escaped into the filter (fluval fx6) and survived. I put a fish net around the output which is where it must have gotten into as a temporary solution. Mind you i keep a baby nile bichir and a rope fish in there and never had a problem at all. So i put a fish net around it and made sure there was no space for the baby ghost to escape through. I was wrong. These are stubborn little guys. He either manage to go through the output again or went through the input. Found him almost headless in the filter just an hour after checking on him. Still grieving but now i have made my filters ghost proof and next one cant escape.

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