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R.I.P.....Red Tail Black Shark
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Joined: 03 Mar 2003
Location: Brooklyn, NY

PostPosted: 2005.02.11(Fri)8:33    Post subject: R.I.P.....Red Tail Black Shark Reply with quote

I found my RTBS dead when I turned on the lights yesterday. He was part of my original stock when I started the tank around 3 years ago. Well, all of my stock is original except for 2 blue rams that were added about 2 years ago. No signs of illness....nothing....came as a total suprise. Maybe it was just his time. I haven't lost any fish in over a year.

I wish I had better pics of him...These are from 2003, when I first planted the tank. I have a much better camera now but I kept putting off taking shots of the tank. Now it's too late. I'm gonna be snappin' away for the next for few days.

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Marcos Avila

Joined: 05 Feb 2003
Location: Hiroshima (JP)

PostPosted: 2005.02.11(Fri)8:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel your pain. Back in 2000 I killed my 4 year old RTBS, along with virtually all other similarly aged fish in his tank, with the simple addition of a commercial phosphate remover that was supposed to be safe for freshwater, as mentioned on the box itself. This pic is from June'98 when he was almost 2 years old and full grown:

Although your fish could certainly have lived a lot longer than that, you can be sure of one thing: at 3 years of age he certainly outlived just about all other siblings that came with him from where he was born in a South Asian fish farm to be sold in western markets, so you did a good job at keeping him...
Are you a Fish-HAVER or a Fish-KEEPER?
Success with a fish/tank is measured in YEARS, not months or weeks...
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