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End of fish era

Since the early 90's I've had a 75-gallon freshwater aquarium. I've always really loved Black Ghost Knife fishes, since I find their movement really graceful and I'm fascinated by their weak electrical activity. Normally they don't get along so well together since they are aggressive feeders and fight, but the very smart pet store owner in town suggested that if I added a LOT of young ones to the tank at the same time, that they would school instead of fighting, and he turned out to be right about that.

So in addition to the first ghost knife that we got in about 1992 or so, we had seven more from about 1993-4. They all survived a move to the current house in 1995 and while I would lose one from time to time since then, they proved remarkably hardy and long-lived.

The last two died within hours of each other, while I am out of town all week no less. sudbla buried them both in the garden, which is a tradition I have for all dead fish so they can do one last good for me as fertilizer.

So now the big tank is empty, and I think I will drain it, clean it up, and sell it. I don't really want to move it to the new place. I have a smaller 25-gallon tank which I will move, though.

Normally the death of pets really upsets me, but these guys were SO OLD (the big one that just died was nearly 17 years old) that I really can't blame myself for it. They just died of old age. Also, unlike a mammilian pet, it's hard or impossible to get an emotional bond with a fish, and that too limits the sense of loss. The worst part will be the end of the nightly ritual of feeding them, which I've done countless thousands of times.

Rest in peace, guys. You were great pets for a HUGE chunk of my life.



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Oct. 29th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Awwwww you were a good fish daddy.

When do you guys move to the swanky new place?
Oct. 29th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)

Still looking at mid-January, I think.
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
...or we WERE looking at mid-January until the fire across the street upset the entire construction schedule. There is apparently only superficial damage but they lost a lot of time verifying that, and they were under a lot of pressure to complete on time as it was. *sigh*
Oct. 30th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Aw...I'm sorry. My boyfriend LOVES fish and we have a 75 gallon fishtank as well. I know he would be devastated if they were to die. I think a 25 gallon tank is less obnoxious anyway though, and you can sell a 75 gallon tank with equipment on Craigslist and make around $150.
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
I got $200 for it. :) Of course the really nice Eheim filter added to the value a little.

Thank you for your sympathy. It is always sad when pets die, even when they're not cuddly.
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