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Old 08-26-2010, 12:51 AM   #1 
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Unhappy RIP Eastwood

A month or so ago I had a terrible outbreak of ich in my 55 gallon tank which housed many fish, including Clint Eastwood, my spotted betta.

Eastwood was an extremely peaceful fish, as some of you know. I had him for many years, conditioning him to live socially with many types of fish, including Blue Gouramis. It didn't take much to get him to live with these fish, though. He was naturally social and peaceable. That, and his spotted coloration, is what attracted me to him to most. I never thought I could love a fish, but with him, I've never adored one more.

The ich outbreak started at an extremely bad time... I had a week to get him healthy again, as I was leaving for Chicago that weekend.
To say the least, a week is not enough to overcome a bad case of ich. But, he healed well enough, I tried to convince myself... But no matter what, I had no choice but to put him back in the tank and leave.

My mom (who was taking care of my pets while I was away) told me she believed Eastwood was still alive, so I had high hopes he made it through my month-long absence. But, I came home a few weeks ago to a tank without a bubbly Eastwood to greet me... I was so broken...

I wanted to sneak him on my plane with me... but at the same time I didn't want to risk a security issue.
I feel terrible... like I failed to make him better...

I knew that being old, especially for a Walmart fish, his time was near. I wanted to breed him this Christmas so I could have more peaceful, spotted, beautiful betta babies...

How will I ever find another outstanding fish like him? He was definitely a lucky fish, one I'll forever cherish my accomplishments of. I'm so proud to have owned a fish like him, but I wish I never would have seen the day he'd leave me. I've never missed a fish more.

RIP Eastwood <3

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Old 08-26-2010, 12:57 AM   #2 
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awww so sorry about your loss.You gave him a wonderful life.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:56 AM   #3 
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i am so sorry but he is in beta heaven now
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:32 AM   #4 
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I remember your story about him. I'm so sorry you lost him. :( Don't beat yourself up. He had a wonderful, long life with you.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:37 PM   #5 
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I remember ur fish, one of ur blue gouramis' was in love with him *lol* still love those pictures, keep them safe for memorie's their priceless.

I'm so sorry about ur 'lil buddy, we do get attached to them, ur story about how peaceful he was reminds me of my Jas.
I lost my first betta too not to long ago, and in his old age, he became the sweetest guy ever, I'll always remember him.

But as vaygirl said, don't beat urself up over it, u took care of him to the best of ur knowledge and im sure he appreciates it.

How long did u have him?
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:50 PM   #6 
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I had him for about 3 years, maybe more. I didn't exactly count. He's not my first betta either. I had 5 others before him, but he's the one had the longest and cherished the most.

Thank you everyone for the kind comments <:)
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Old 08-26-2010, 01:07 PM   #7 
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Aww I'm so sorry for your lost! R.I.P. Eastwood.
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Old 08-26-2010, 01:24 PM   #8 
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Im so sorry for your loss! :( he was a very pretty betta!
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:41 PM   #9 
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so sorry
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:05 PM   #10 
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Sorry for your loss cororo...
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