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Old 08-14-2014, 08:51 AM   #1 
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SIP Rembrandt

I know many people here loved Rembrandt just as much as I did and even if they didn't know his name, they knew his picture.

Rembrandt died last night after a long 1.6 years with me, I got him at a local store back in December, 3rd 2012. He was a tiny young fish full of spunk and he's what got me into this whole charade with fish and this forum. If it weren't for him, I don't think I'd be where I am today.

He went through a lot with me and I always felt bad that he was more or less my "test" fishy, he saw me through the bad times when I had no idea what a Cycle was and my good times when I finally learned how to properly plant tanks. I've learned so much through keeping him and I will never ever forget him, my buddy through all this time and my teacher.

Swim in Peace my friend, I hope one day to see you again.

Through a broken heart, I wanted to share pictures of him to honor him and take you through his life with me.

My tiny little pet store fish, just about a month after I bought him and he finally started to eat!

I didn't even know what HM was at this point but I knew he was something special and beautiful.

With some kinks in his fins I grew to love him so very much.

I learned about fin biting and how after two weeks of seeing his neighbor, he finally settled down and started to regrow his fins.

I learned to not push those PetSmart cup lid tabs down to the water or otherwise a fish is liable to bump his head on it...

I also learned just how fast a fish can heal given the proper care.

And how silly he could be sometimes.

But most importantly, how quickly one little fish can swim his way into your heart and stay there forever.

My huge tailed...

Perfect Mustard Gas...

Mr. Blue Lips

I know it's not real but I'd like to think that these last few pictures he gave me just a couple day's ago was his way of trying to cheer me up for Aero's death just this past Saturday.

Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen
-Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce (M*A*S*H)

Also an honorable mention to my PK Aero, a true Rainbow of a Fish.
April 24, 2013-August 9th, 2014

And Hawkeye (Named for Marvel's Hawkeye) a PetCo baby VT, named for his purple toned color. A vicious but lovable fish.
August 18th, 2013-August 14th, 2014
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:55 AM   #2 
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I'm so sorry for your fish lil :( I know how it feels too lose a special fish and were all here too support and help you. SIP remmy, aero, and hawkeye, you will surely be missed.
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Old 08-14-2014, 09:09 AM   #3 
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Oh my goodness noooo!!! I will miss him as well <3
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:19 PM   #4 
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SIP, fish babies.

I am so sad to hear of your loss.
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:21 PM   #5 
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SIP pretty fish...
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:31 PM   #6 
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I'm so sorry, he was very beautiful :( and I can see he brought you a lot of joy! The way you talked about him reminded me of my first betta, Alpha, who I lost to dropsy. He was sort of my test fish too, I knew very little about bettas when I first got him and my first visit to this site was when I was trying to find out how to treat his dropsy. He was a regular old petsmart VT (didn't even know what a VT was back then!) and he lived 2 long, happy years. He was probably the largest betta fish I have ever seen, he was about as big as my palm! He died 1.5 years ago and even today I miss his big personality, he was truly very special to me. After he passed away it was a long time before I got another betta, but I was a far better keeper after having loved and lost Alpha.

It's very apparent Rembrandt was really special to you, and he was one lucky fish to have you as a caretaker. It is hard to lose them, but we are always grateful for the happiness these little guys bring throughout their lives. SIP Rembrandt!
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:54 PM   #7 
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awe im sorryxc s.i.p.!:,(
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Old 08-14-2014, 03:43 PM   #8 
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Thank you for all the kind comments everyone. It's been a long 24 hours and an even longer week. I hope to get a nice plant that I can bury the three in together and let the plant flourish. Normally I'd just throw the fish in the garbage (I have a thing about not burying fish in the yard since I don't want to infect my water system, chances are slim but I'd rather not take the chance. Plus we have plenty of wildlife that would love a fresh meal :-/) but these three are very special to me, especially Rembrandt.

Thank you elledreen, it made me smile a little bit :)
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:00 PM   #9 
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Aww, not Rembrandt! D: I'm so sorry for your loss, lil. I know he was your favorite and really special to you. SIP.
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:17 PM   #10 
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I'm sorry for your loss :( Rembrandt's fins were really awesome.

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