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Thanks! he's soooo sweet. :)

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Wow so many great entries! I love reading all the stories. Here's my entry, SPIKE (name suggested by forum member Juditko).
I met Spike, a blue CT, at my local Petland. He was lying on his side at the bottom of his dirty cup, and I thought he might be dead until the sales associate swirled him around in his cup as if he was an ice cube. Well the poor guy showed some signs of life then, and looked at me with those pleading eyes we all know so well, and home he came with me.
Spike's most distinguishing feature is his lack of dorsal fin, which is why I chose him for the Inner Beauty contest. At first I thought it was due to fin rot or biting or being attacked, but his topline is smooth, like the was never a fin there. I guess he should've been a cull, but he's such a joy I'm glad he made it to a pet store for me to find. He swims just fine, and when he flares the two little spikes of dorsal fin stick straight up! He's so tough!
I kept him in a shallow container until he was able to swim upright again. I kept him on my coffee table during his convalescence, and he and I and my dogs would all watch tv together. Spike got lots of attention that first week and quickly grew to trust me. Soon he was swimming well enough to move into a 2.5 gallon, where he lived for another month, then when I was sure he was totally free of illness, he moved into a 4-gallon space in a 20 gal divided.
He loves his new home and like to flare once in awhile at his neighbor, another blue CT. He loves attention and I always tell him what a handsome fish he is!
Here are some pictures of my beautiful finned friend.
About a week after I got him.

In his new home.




Showing me where the food goes!

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Wow! That's a crazy dorsal he has! I'm glad you saved him, the poor little guy! Welcome to the contest =D

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I remember Spike! Welcome to the contest!

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Yes aka alfalfa lol
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Yes aka alfalfa lol
It was a good, solid name that would've brought honor to his ancestors.

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Lol skyewillow!
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Hey, I have ancestors, I know these things! lol

I was actually thinking about Spike a couple of days ago too, and couldn't remember for the life of me who he owned.

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What a cutie! I have never seen anything like that! I think he still has inner and outer beauty! :)

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Spike is sooo cute!! He reminds me of a CT that I once had. This CT had a brother who was born with no caudal fin. The person that adopted him named him Buttless. Sometimes the ones that would be culls for those type reasons are the coolest fish. Great find and he is lucky to have you. :)

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