Thursday, March 14, 2013

An Angel Loss

Over the past few weeks, the black angelfish who was suffering from dropsy took a turn for the worse.

She lasted for more than six months with dropsy and at one point I thought she might live much longer even though she was obviously bloated from the condition. In the picture on the right, you can see how wide she was. Angels are normally very thin when looking at them straight-on.

It's believed she ingested turtle food, which had been placed into the tank for the snails, which also need calcium. After this happened, I removed both the snails and the turtle food. But the local pet shop told me about the calcium that is normally placed into a parakeet's cage is also great for snails. It's much safer and dissolves in the water over time.

Medicine did not help and adding fresh, hulled peas didn't work, either.

One morning I found her near the bottom of the tank, hiding from the others. Within a few hours, she passed away. God bless her little soul.