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Because he's never had a proper introduction.



This is Tails, my 10-year-old goldfish.

To say this little guy is... unusual is a bit of an understatement. Firstly, he has three tail-fins. Secondly, about a month after I got him he developed bruising on his right gill cover and over the following weeks it curled back to expose the membranes (that's the flash of pink you can see on his side). The same accident resulted in a lop-sided mouth and him being bug-eyed on his right side. And yet despite this he's outlived both of his tank-mates and the numerous tank clean-outs (which apparently ought to have made him keel over well before now). I know goldfish are hardy, but he really takes the cake sometimes.

And here's a better view of why I called him Tails:



I suspect his tail has kicked up like that because his tank is now too small for him, which will be rectified soon when I get him a new tank as his current hex-aquarium has just about had it (it's well over ten years old now, so it's had a good innings). It won't be massively bigger than his old one, because I don't have the room, but it'll be a box tank this time so he'll definitely have more room. Which he'll be happy about, because it means he'll have more room to play with us.

You see, he often spends his time "dancing" at the front of his tank whenever I'm around - and I know it's not because he's hungry, because sometimes I'll feed him and he'll carry on dancing until I point up at it. If I wiggle my fingers in front of his tank he will follow them around, and if I either call his name or snap my fingers he'll immediately turn around and swim towards me. It's amazing how affectionate he is, because he always swims around the part of the tank nearest to me and perks up the moment I walk in the room. He's a real joy to have around.

I guess I'm kinda being both sentimental and pessimistic with this post, because I'm mainly writing it so that I'll have something to remember him by should the worst happen after putting him in his new tank. But the little guy's a fighter and I'm not about to count him out yet, so all going well I'll be able to post some pictures of him settled into his new tank and continuing to make a nuisance of himself. Hopefully they will be better pics than these ones, but knowing him that's very unlikely.

Now if you'll excuse me, someone looks like he wants his supper.

on 2010-10-14 08:36 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] mrs_tribble
I can honestly say that I've never seen a goldfish like Tails before! He's adorable in his very unusualness!

I wouldn't worry too much about transferring him to a new tank if he's otherwise in good health; my goldfish Keith went through several house moves, various cat paws and being accidentally dropped once whilst having his tank cleaned! One morning my Nan went into the front room to feed him and found him suspended in frozen solid ice instead of water! By the time I got home from school the tank was still mostly frozen, but she'd managed to get to Keith and he was happily swimming about in the washing up bowl as though nothing had happened.

Keith was a fairground fish. He eventually lost all of his colour but he didn't turn his fins up until he was almost sixteen. He was just as friendly as Tails is too :)

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