About a month ago, Geist stopped eating, and was showing weird deformations in his body. Maybe some of you were there when my friend made a thread asking about it...
Anyway, we decided that it was his time, since he wasn't getting any better. It was a pretty upsetting experience having to euthanize a fish, I dunno if any other members here have had to do it, but I think it was the best option at that point, since he definitely wasn't feeling well [it was decided that he must have had a tumor or something internal like that].
This might sound kind of silly, but we had a nice little funeral for him, and then attempted to cremate his body/save the ashes in a little container. It sort of worked, and I have the container [sealed, of course] in my room at the moment.
I'm going to miss that fat fella for sure, and I've definitely learned a lot from that experience.
Right now I have another betta. He's a little baby-blue fellow with a peach-colored face and a freckle on one eye. He's not exactly a replacement for Geist, but my previous fish and I had so many fond memories that I couldn't find myself going for long without another gilly friend. =)
So, RIP Geist, who will forever be immortalized in my artwork.