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