This is my goldfish, Pudgie. He shows us all that just because a fish appears to be weak, doesn't mean it is.
The first picture of him was taken on June 17, 2013, the day my boyfriend and I went to buy him. He was rather thin for an Oranda, as I discovered upon researching the type, his spine was bent, and he was VERY shy. He would sit in the back corner of the tank or in the middle and try not to move. I believe the picture shows the injury around his fin, and there were two more just like it. He would not hardly eat when he was first bought. He was looking like he would be in trouble very soon.
The second picture was taken today, August 22, 2013. He's much rounder in his belly, his injuries have healed, and his spine is straighter. Now, if I don't pay enough attention to him to satisfy him, he will pick up a piece of gravel and spit it at the side of the tank closest to me. He takes great pleasure in sticking his butt in the air bubbler and being floated up by his butt
. He eats like a vacuum cleaning shark and leaves hardly any behind now. He's much happier and healthier now.
Sometimes a fishy just needs a little extra TLC, and then all will be fine.
***Note: This lesson is not meant to be mean or scolding in any way. I just have way too big of a heart to say a fish is weak or too deformed and should be "discarded" because of it. My fish are my kids.***
***Note: Pudgie gets a bigger tank here soon. Within the next month.***