The first month of Dresden's life was not a happy one. She was owned by my brother, who's young and pretty dumb. I don't live at home, so I was aware that he had a fish, but that was it. When I came over to visit, I decided to peek at his fish and was horrified at what I had found... he was keeping her with a male in a small, dirty bowl, and she was pretty beaten up. The male would hardly let her eat; she would drift to the top for a breath, get attacked and just float listlessly back down.
I was pretty angry. I told my brother I was taking her home, cleaned the bowl for him so the male had better conditions, and said that if he couldn't get it together, I'd be taking the male, too.
That was March 22nd. Not yet two weeks later, with the help of stress coat, warm, clean water and healthy brine shrimp, she's already doing much better. She's much feistier than when I had first taken her home, often zooming happily around her tank or snatching food off the surface like a little shark. She has a warm, clean, safe environment all to herself, and her fins are growing back, her stress stripes faded and her color returned. She even looks bigger!
And this is only the beginning of her transformation! ;]
"I am a being of transcendence. I have traveled across the universe, flying with the birds, swimming with the fish & dreaming with the dreamers. Once you realize this is just one plane, you'll be more than ready to discover the others."
"It's funny how I have one cat and get called 'crazy', but can have multiple fish without anyone saying a word."
*Floyd, Marley, Jagger, Dresden & Elvis.*