it is with sadness that we are announcing the death of Ginger II.
she was a joy from the 1st moment we saw her, all sleek and beautiful. her grey scales were each edged in thin black rims, and her tail was coral - tie dyed with purply-black. her 1st fry resembled her and her 2nd appear to be blond variety.
Fred, her mate, is ignoring all others and is despondently pacing the side wall. he stays and makes long eye contact with us whenever we're at the tank.
she had two batches of fry in short time. she never looked like she was 'done' being pregnant! in fact, she got larger than ever. we theorize she was 'fry-bound'(izat possible?), and internally haemorrhaging.
it appeared as a pinkish bruise or possible suckmark on her L side, posterior to her pectoral fin. she was removed to quarantine tank. the affected area rapidly progressed in colour to dark purple and she paled in colour overall, with a general watery-looking aspect. poss edema? the following day she developed a darker patch on her interior right side along with a dark vertical line along her ventral side. (resembling diastitis recti, a dark area on some pregnant humans which indicates the abdominal muscles have separated along linea alba)
she passed several large and colourless stools. there was no wasting, which is concurrent with tuberculosis. in fact, she fed normally right up to the end. we're afraid we let her suffer longer than we ought, because we were still hoping...