Woman takes home old, sad goldfish and watches his beautiful recovery

We love the many stories about people opening their hearts to the cats and dogs that no one else wanted… but you rarely hear the same about a fish.

People don’t think much about pets like goldfish: they are usually just thought of as a low-maintenance pet that can easily be replaced and flushed away.

But one woman’s story shows that even goldfish can benefit from their owners’ love, showing her fish’s stunning transformation.

Last April, Lacey Scott visited a pet store for supplies, and one pet unexpectedly caught her eye: a big, aging goldfish, clearly miserable in his tank and in bad shape: the distinct orange gold color had turned nearly black.

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“He seemed to be stressed,” Lacey told The Dodo. “His color was so dull, and his eyes were cloudy.”

She asked the store manager about the fish, and he said the fish was about 10 years old and was “pouting” after being moved to a smaller tank after he was brought in by his old owner, according to her Instagram.

Lacey’s heart broke for the old fish, and decided to buy him for $10, hoping she could nurse him back to health.

She says no one had faith in her plan: both the store owner and her husband thought the fish would just be dead in a week.

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Indeed, helping the goldfish, who she named Monstro, proved to be a challenge.

“He wasn’t eating and was severely underweight,” Lacey wrote. “His eyes were cloudy, he’d lost his buoyancy due to swim bladder issues, and because of that he had lesions on his belly from laying on the bottom of the tank.”

But Lacey’s work paid off, and soon she proved everyone’s fears wrong.

“To my amazement, after about a week of daily treatments and water changes he began to eat, then began to swim for brief periods of time. After about a month his swim bladder had improved enough that he no longer constantly lay on the bottom of the tank anymore.”

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His true colors started reappearing, as did his friendly demeanor.

“I’ve found so much joy in just watching his personality come out,” Lacey told The Dodo. “It’s been really inspiring to watch him transform.”

“I’ve seen a lot of people saying that it’s not the same fish and honestly, I can’t blame them,” she added. “I really had no idea that he’d change so much.”

Now this fish who was only given a week to live and written off by everyone could live for years to come. He was moved to a bigger tank and his happily swimming around living his best life.

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If you would have told me a year ago, that I’d now have an 85 gallon fish tank filled with giant goldfish, I’d probably believe you, because I know me 😅 but, if you were to tell me that the first and second picture were of the same fish, I’d have called you crazy! I usually put pet related things in my stories, and not my page, but this boy deserves some recognition. . If you follow my stories, then you know that a year ago, today, I went to a local pet store and saw a sickly fish. When I asked about him, an employee told me he was just old and pouting from being moved to a smaller tank. While yes, fish can and do pout, it was clear that this fish was unwell. I cried when I told my husband about him after coming home, and all that night couldn’t stop thinking about him. . The next day, I called the store as soon they opened and and asked to speak with the owner. He told me that the fish was brought in by another customer when he took down his pond and that he was at least 10 years old. After a bit of back and forth, I convinced him to let me take him for $10 instead of the $65 he was listed for. I think he thought the fish would be dead before the end of the week. . My husband agreed to let me bring him home, under the condition that IF he could be nursed back to health then I would ship him to a friend who had a tank big enough to house him. I think he also thought the fish would be dead by the end of the week. . So, I made a hospital tank out of an old tote and began treating him. He wasn’t eating and was severely underweight. His eyes were cloudy, he’d lost his buoyancy due to swim bladder issues, and because of that he had lesions on his belly from laying on the bottom of the tank. Truthfully, at this point I didn’t think he’d make it to the end of the week. . But, to my amazement, after about a week of daily treatments and water changes he began to eat, then began to swim for brief periods of time. After about a month his swim bladder had improved enough that he no longer constantly lay on the bottom of the tank anymore. . The rest of the story will be in the comments.

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How amazing! We can’t believe that’s the same goldfish! It really shows the difference a little love and care can make in a pet’s life, no matter what kind of animal they are.

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