Phoenix not an insult at all, this free tank was given by a friend who had given up and wanted it gone, well his wife did. So either I took it or all of the fish were destined for the flush. So now they are housed in a much larger cleaner tank than they had and we just have to make do with what we have till it pegs it or we get the other tank set up and move it to that.....LOL
You've referred to the fish being "flushed down the loo" twice now, as if that's an acceptable thing to do with unwanted fish, which it definitely isn't.
Sounds like your friend has it coming to him and needs a good slap and reporting to the RSPCA.