Almost a year since Calder came home.
Hello everyone. I just wanted to share Calder's story. Calder is my Petco PK 'king'. He's a nice dark blue color, and a hair larger than the other PKs I'd owned. He's got a pretty interesting story, and since it's around Christmas and I'm nearing my one year mark with him, I thought I'd tell it.
Before I moved from MI to MN, I'd had three bettas in a divided 10 gallon tank. I couldn't bring them with me, so I left them with my family. Still, it was weird and a little sad when I got settled that I no longer had fish to care for. I was working a hard job at the time and almost all my money was going to help for bills, but I managed to scrape enough up to buy a used 10 gallon, a heater, some gravel, some silk plants, and a thermometer. With money so tight it was a while before I had everything, but once I did I got my tank ready.
Then I went out to Petco. Now, I don't know what your local pet or fish stores are like, but where I was from every fish was a VT. So I walk into this petco, and I see crowntails and PKs and halfmoons for the first time. I must have gone around to every fish twice. All the lovely boys in cups were tempting, but I knew I'd have to have a PK once I saw them in stock. The problem? The price tag was $25 for the boy I wanted, and I only had 10.
A week later I returned, with a big more saved up.. and lo and behold I find him-- looking a little pale with cold but still in one bit and swimming. I brought him home with me through a frigged winter, and got him alcimated to his new home, a heated, unfiltered 10 gallon that for the moment was all his. He turned out a much richer, deep blue on black than I expected, but he was still a beautiful fish.
He got a buddy, I divided the tank when I found Anael, my little white PK angel. Both of them were so amazing-- when I had to move back home I knew I couldn't leave my boys (my room mates always wanted me to make my fish fight)... so I took everything but the tank and gravel. I cupped my boys, padded the inside of a 1g milk jug, and sat them in that. Both of them made it over 600 miles on a greyhound ride in winter with me, in one piece.
Sadly this summer I lost Anael to a tumor. Other fish have come and gone, but Calder's one of the few who's stayed a while. I can honestly say that for a while I was just buying fish to buy them... but sometimes you already have the perfect one at home.
Anyway, that's Calder's story. You have any fish with neat tales to tell?
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