So I got Gyarados on March 8th after the tragedy of my first fish, Drake, dying out on me in the first two weeks I had it. I found out just mere minutes ago that the random times I decided to take a picture of him, was in almost monthly intervals. Haha. So this is Gyarados in a 3 month period.
The first picture here is when I first got Gyarados and put him in the 1gal. I had to take a picture with my phone camera (which is terrible) because he was too terrified of my regular camera. This is him on March 8th:
This is Gyarados on April 2nd in his new 5gal. I found out if I cut out a giant piece of paper and taped it to the front of the camera with a hole in it, he didn't freak out but was more cautious than anything. When he went into the five gallon, he bit his fins really bad as you can see:
Here's a second one that used to be my old avatar (he loves sleeping and going through that little stone hut):
This is him today on May 5th. He was in his flare/spawning colors due to him just making a bubble nest (he flared at the camera once until he saw me behind it haha):
And better closeup but without as much spread on his fins (his tail has improved so much I'm really happy):
I'm simply amazed at how much blue he has gotten and the significant color change he overcomes when he flares and is in spawning mode. He went from an almost nearly completely red (with a tiny bit of blue) double tail, to a brilliantly colored Double Tail that I would swear has a little bit of halfmoon in him (and maybe even some crown due to the small breaks in fins near the base of his top and bottom fin).
Love this little flame of mine. :) He's about three months old in my care and I'm happy to have him. Can't wait till his fins are back to normal!