I Failed Him, Now How to Remember Him? - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-09-2014, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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I Failed Him, Now How to Remember Him?

Neptune has died.

I've spent the past year treating Neptune's aggressive fin rot. I've tried every antibiotic available, and combos of some. I did my best, but the rot wouldn't stop. It reached his body, but he never had body rot. I think the stress of all this finally was too much on him. This morning he was alive, and then... not. SIP Neptune. You rekindled my love of Betta fish.

I'm trying to think of a special way to remember him. I'll bury him in the garden, as I do every aquatic buddy who passes, but I feel like he needs "more". He was a special little guy. Any recommendations for a way to memorialize him?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-09-2014, 10:45 AM
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Maybe a small ornamental pond with a nice arrangement of plants around it and some water lettuce in the pond? Nothing fancy fancy but I think that would be nice with a lovely large rock near the plants that says Neptune on it, or a plaque of sorts.

I'm sorry to hear about Neptune though, I know you've helped many others live a better life than they could in those store cups though!

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That's actually kind of a cute idea. I may do something like that in his memory. When my animals pass away I usually create a memorial planter, or plant a tree... (which I've never done with my fish before, but I've always created a small marker where they are buried). But, Neptune was such a special guy I can't imagine not having something big to say, "I was here, and I was loved".

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I will miss waking up to this adorable face every morning. His tank is right next to my pillow, so he was the first thing I'd see in the morning, and the last at night.

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Aww, SIP Neptune.

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you did not fail him. T^T you gave him the best life he could. may you Swim in Peace Neptune. <3
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Sorry for your loss.
You did all you could for him, so don't feel bad.

The majority of fish issues are initially caused by poor water conditons.

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You didn't fail him. You gave him a year of life that he wouldn't have had otherwise. You gave him 12 months of care, kept him in clean, warm water and fed him good food.

SIP Neptune.

What about doing a community "fish care workshop" for a local group? It could be any type of group in your local area. (Book club, social group, school group, church group, etc.) You could bring a few Bettas (or other fish), and explain how to care for them properly. That way, people who buy fish would be more likely to get the appropriate tanks, heaters, foods, which in turn would make their fish happier and healthier, and able to live longer lives.
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-11-2014, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Everyone. I didn't bury him until yesterday, it was hard to let him go. He's buried at the base of a tree near the garden. I'm thinking of buying a small fancy fountain and putting it at the base of the tree in his honor.

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I'm so sorry. SIP Neptune
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