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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-09-2010, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury passed away last night. He apparently had an internal bacterial infection of some sort. I'd known for a couple weeks he wasn't "right" but I didn't know what was going on until two days ago and by then it was too late Yesterday he started pineconing and I knew there was nothing I could have done.

I got Freddie in May 2009 from a Petsmart. When I got him I was totally unaware of how to properly care for bettas. Freddie and my other boy Fish (r.i.p) were in unheated 1 gallon tanks with sparse water changes. A month after I got him Freddie began biting his tail. I didn't know what was causing it so I began to do research on Bettas and caught the "bug". I never did get Freddie to completely quit biting but he had been doing so much better since this summer and his fins were looking quite nice.

Freddie was completely annoying, a total grumpy butt head, and one of my most favorite bettas. He was the first fish I said good morning to and the last I said good night to. Even my roommate who thinks fish are a waste of time loved Freddie. He is the only fish to ever jump out and bite my finger (and my roommates as well LOL).

Here's a couple pictures. The first one is the last I ever took of him before he got sick.






Freddie got his name of course from Freddie Mercury who was the lead singer of Queen (in case you've been living under a rock). When I first got Freddie his bowl sat near my piano and one day I was working on "Don't Stop Me Now" and I looked up and Freddie was just a swimming like there was no tomorrow. It looked like he was dancing I figured a fish with such awesome taste in music deserved an awesome name.

R.I.P old grump and here's one last song for you Don't Stop Me Now

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R.I.P Freddie! I'm so sorry he died, sounds eerily just like how Fishy passed. Maybe him and Freddie can be friends in fishy heaven (or wherever they go.) I'm sorry.
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Thanks. In a way I'm glad he's gone. I knew he was not doing well and I'm relieved he's not in pain any more.

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Sorry for your loss.
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I loved your description of his personality. It made me smile. Sorry Jackie. At least he's not suffering any more. RIP Freddie. :(

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I'm so sorry Jackie. He was like your main man it seems like. I hope he's having a fun time in fishy heaven. R.I.P. Freddie.

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That speech you made jackie was very moving. R.I.P freddie!

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Awww :( RIP Freddie. Sorry for your loss 1f2f, he sounds like a wonderful (with an attitude lol) fish.

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So sorry for your loss 1fish2fish :(
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Thanks guys. I was really sad when I got back from work a little while ago and saw his empty tank. I was going to fill his tank with one of my new breeder males but I think I may go get myself another pet store VT. You can't get a better attitude than a pet store fish.

I may very well come home Sunday with 5 new fish instead of 4.

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