Lost a Fantail
I've posted the story before, but to make it short, like a lot of folks here I started out by making a whole bunch of mistakes due to well-meaning but incorrect advice, winding up with a 50 gallon tank (well, 48, but we all round up, right?) containing a 2+ year old (stunted) common goldfish, a juvenile shubunkin goldfish and two juvenile fantails.
This past weekend one of the fantails died due to unknown causes (water parameters just fine, kept up with my normal gravel vac routine, no signs of stress in any other fish, or even in the one that died the morning before I discovered its demise).
Of course part of me wants to go out and get a new fish!
I'm not, I won't.
Even though the common is stunted and I don't expect it to get to its full size, as the shubunkin grows (it's still quite young and small), it may need re-homed as it is.
It's one of the harder parts of this hobby though, isn't it?
Yes, I can and will resist the temptation to get a new fish, but nobody said it had to be particularly easy, right?
"I wish, I wish, I wish I were a fish" --Henry Limpet