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Old 05-01-2016, 02:01 PM   #1 
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Paws, Claws and Fins, OH MY!

Hey guys! I'm back from a long hiatus and I decided to start over on this whole journal thing.
But Cross, don't you have 2 rotting away somewhere in necrothread land?
Yes. Yes I do. They don't count. Shhhhh.

First of all I'm going to reintroduce myself properly.

My name is Brittney, and I am the keeper otherwise known as Cross or Crossroads. I am 22 years old and have kept animals all my life. My first pet was a dog and I have always had a dog since. Cats were also a common part of my life. When I was 5 I got my first betta. He was a veiltail an was kept in a bowl. You know the kind. When he died, my mom flushed him. I didn't own fish again for 15 years.

I started college with the intent to get my bachelor's of fine arts. Halfway through my degree, I dropped out and started working full time. Now that I have had time to reevaluate my career plan, I've decided to pursue mechanics.
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Old 05-01-2016, 02:17 PM   #2 
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My first introduced back into keeping fish was a Walmart purchase in March of 2014.


Mako came home in orange water and was promptly placed in a clean 1.5 gallon. I, myself got a prompt slap on the hand for not having a heated 5 gallon. So back to the store I went on payday. I ended up walking out with two tanks but shhh we'll get to that.
and in he went.
In proper conditions he grew into a goofy, fantastic little fish.

A year after I got him, Mako passed away.
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Old 05-01-2016, 02:34 PM   #3 
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Somehow, while I was buying Mako's tank...

This guy ended up in my basket too.
Thanatos went into a 5 gallon bowfront where he spent most of his days.

He passed shortly before Mako after struggling with chronic finrot.
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Old 05-01-2016, 03:52 PM   #4 
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The addiction continued when I found Natal and "Red Fish" wasting away in... you guessed it. Walmart cups. Red Fish died a week after coming home, and Natal several months later of dropsy. Unfortunately I have lost my pictures of the two.
So I'll move on to Nereus.

Nereus was purchased after Red Fish died.

He gave me a week of gorgeous fins before he became a chronic tail biter. My first experience with it.

He bit every time his water was disturbed, changed or the temperature changed even a degree and then strutted his ragged fins.

He was a silly fish. He passed away in a power outage.
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Old 05-01-2016, 04:14 PM   #5 
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Agrius was my next guy.

Agrius taught me a hard lesson. He was an active healthy fellow with a huge appetite when I brought him home. However, in a few short months he all but stopped eating, became lethargic and soon...euthanasia was the only answer. I had exhausted every type of food I could find and still he wouldn't eat. He was becoming emaciated when I euthanized with clove oil.
What I failed to realize is that what claimed Agrius was left behind in that tank, despite what I thought was a thorough cleaning(hot water and salt scrub).

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Loukianos and Kyprinos were the next two to come home.
Louk was a blue marble and Kyprinos was a white, copper and red marble.

Kyprinos passed later in the year from the same disease that claimed Agrius, though at the time, I didn't realize it.

Louk remained with me until last November when I had a massive equipment failure event that claimed 3 heaters and 4 fish. During that time he changed his look several times. First from his white face stripes, to eyebrows, tor butterfly, to solid blue and then to blue red bicolor.

He got torn up in a divider slip

But it didn't bother him one bit
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Old 05-01-2016, 06:39 PM   #7 
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Vincentius was something of an impulse buy. A salamander EE with a deformed dorsal. Like Natal and Red Fish, I have lost my pictures of him. He taught me a hard lesson in how not to treat velvet, and despite my best and inexperienced efforts, I lost him to it.

Aristodemos was my next guy and one of my favorites.

From his half and half body to his face markings, I loved him.
When I got him home, I realized how impressive his fins were.

I lost him last year when my cat sat on the glass lid and shattered it, sending glass shards crashing down into the tank.
Around the same time I got Demos, I found Abbadon.
Abbadon was my dream fish.

A blue yellow bicolor DTPK carrying the Armaggedon gene. I was smitten.

I was also entertained by his reaction to my finger.

He wasn't perfect, but he was beautiful and mine. I lost him when my cat knocked his hood into his tank, effectively electrocuting him to death.

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Old 05-01-2016, 06:46 PM   #8 
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Even though we've never spoken before, welcome back! I look forward to following your journal.
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Old 05-01-2016, 09:06 PM   #9 
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Even though we've never spoken before, welcome back! I look forward to following your journal.
Thanks! Nice to meet you!


The Saga Continues...
At some point, I decided that a sorority was a splendid idea. Spoiler: it wasn't. My sorority survived for 2 months before I learned that you should not, ever, in a million years use algaefix on a planted tank. A half dose turned a jungle of a tank into a barren nothingness.

Angelos was my next boy.

He was the absolute most grumpy little fish.

He, along with Louk, passed away in my massive equipment failure.
When Sirekan came home, I wasn't sure he'd make it. Bent on his side and floating, his outlook looked grim.

But I stuck him in my newly rebuilt community tank.

And he perked right up.

He also got mad at me when the cat fell into the tank and broke the heater.

When I got my new phone, he was happy to let me use him in every photo op.

He passed away this past January after a power outage caused a heater short that boiled my community with 100 degree temperatures. While he survived the initial temperatures, it later took its toll.
Sometime after Sirekan I got Merida, Malarkey and Lillian, my three remaining girls to this day.


Malarkey got named for her knack for nonsense.

Merida is a divider hopping ninja and used to hate having her picture taken.

Lillian was the tiniest little fish when I got her


But that little speck of a fish turned into my biggest fattest female.
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Sometime after that, I got Candy Cain. Cain was the grumpiest fish I had ever owned.

Ever.


Cain was one of my first to be rehomed.
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