Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Central Iowa, USA
Good bye old friend ...
I got Goldy when I was keeping my original green sunfish. I bought feeders all the time for the green guy, but something about this little fish saved him. He grew alongside "fish" and they followed each other around the 35g tank all day, he wasn't very big maybe a couple of inches.
Goldy way outlived fish, but they had a great 2 years together before age took his buddy. This stubborn fish survived FOUR moves, resulting in hour long road trips over 8 years, a horrible city water situation ( nasty toxic amounts of chloramine in the water leading to constant ammonia problems), being attacked by a leech, power outages, living in a bucket , and alot of mistakes in my part. Honestly this fish had been through everything with me, from graduation, may first job, my daughter's birth, and my grandfather passing away. I would sit and watch him for hours and always marvled at how HUGE he had gotten. Not counting his tail he was 9 inches long
A little more than a week ago he suddenly swelled up, just out of nowhere. I tried EVERYTHING I tripled antibiotics and clean water I tried every medicine I have and he just got worse... Today I looked him over and every scale on his body was standing up, he had a very grey belly, and was bleeding internally... So I humanely euthanized one of my oldest friends, ending what had to be a terrible amount of pain and suffering. Needless to say I'm incredibly sad and trying very hard not to cry. I loved that fish... Swim in peace my giant friend ...
Goldy is the one behind my ryukin, Ecco, in the picture, the white line down his side is a scar from the leech
5 giant goldfish, 23 bettas, a dozen guppies, 20 bronze/albino corys and a random assortment of a few other community fish/ invertebrates.
1 adorable little frog, 5 cats, 3 dogs and a wonderful toddler aged daughter
Family fur-balls and fins <3