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A sad day yesterday

Discussion in 'Off Topic and Chat' started by fosteder, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. fosteder

    fosteder Guru Class Expert

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    Well I unfortunately had to euthanize a fish last night. He was a Julii cat and one of the last of my fish that I was really attached to. :eek:

    I DO have an excuse for being attached to a fish. My sister gave him to me when I was in High School. I'm not sure about the year but I was between 16 and 18. I'm 27 now. That's right, my Julii Cat was somewhere around 10 years old! I had been calling him Keith Richards, due to the old rockers ability at hanging on to life no matter what he put his body through. :D So hurray for Keith...he was a great fish!

    Feel free to add any stories of your own....
     
  2. chubasco

    chubasco Guru Class Expert

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    Re: A sad day yesterday

    Back in '81, a friend had brought several pairs of velifera mollies from Guatemala to Portland OR and gave me 2 pairs to raise. Beautiful fish, the 2
    males had ginormous dorsals and I placed a pair each in 2 old 40gallon Metaframe tanks that had dual lighting: (2) 25w incandescent grolite, and a 30w fluorescent "for aquariums" back then. Anyhoo, the combination lighting rilly lit up the electric blue dots of their fins and body. In '82 I was going thru
    divorce #1 of 3 and joined the navy. I gave all my stuff and fish to 2 friends
    before I left for San Diego. Sure miss those fish....thanks for making me feel
    melancholy and sad :p

    Bill

    ps never got quite the impressive finnage of the fathers in the males I
    raised, even when I raised the salinity to full brackish.
     
  3. Ian H

    Ian H Guru Class Expert

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    Re: A sad day yesterday

    It's almost inevitable that you will have an attachment to some of your fish, catfish in particular as they are long lived. I've a Synodontis Eupteris cat that is heading into it's 17th year, recently it pigged out on cucumber and was quite ill for a few days, I was very concerned and cared for it like one of my family.

    Ian
     
  4. GreenStuff

    GreenStuff Prolific Poster

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    Re: A sad day yesterday

    Sorry to hear about Keith. I'm sure you gave him a good life.

    About 10 years ago when I first got into fish keeping, I (stupidly) bought an angel fish at Walmart. I felt sorry for it because it had no fins. ....and I mean NO fins. It was just a dime waddling in a tank full of mates. I called him Wally. :eek:

    That's when I went online and started finding more information about fish keeping. Wally lived for 5 years and was then given to a fellow, who for all I know, may still have him. His fins never did grow back entirely. Once he was fully grown he looked like a siver dollar. Turned out to be a vey fast swimmer and mean ol' b*gger too.
     

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