Fred is dead. (Or Ed?)
August 6, 2008, 11:07 am
Filed under: Random

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, and I’m sorry. But we’ve had a death in the family.


He lived swimmingly, floating through life without a worry. Or without memory longer than one minute. But, though he went around in circles, no direction in his life, Fred’s orange shimmer never dulled.

Fred battled an unknown illness for one long day. Seemingly paralyzed and listing to one side, his loved ones frantically tried to save him by changing the water in his bowl.

Though he showed some recovery in the evening, Fred didn’t have enough strength to survive the restless night. With his friend Ed sullenly watching, Fred died July 28. He was 4 months old.

His survivors include Ed and his owners, Nick and Lisa.

UPDATE: Lisa took this picture when Fred was still alive, breathing but struggling. Thanks for pointing that out, Lisa.

Admittedly, however, I’m not entirely positive if it was Fred or Ed who died. I’m fairly sure it was Fred, because I named him with the “F” because he had a stripe on his fin. The surviving fish has no stripe.


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I would like to point out that the photo was taken during Fred’s illness as his gills weakly brought in some of his final breaths. I don’t photograph dead fish.

Comment by Lisa Waananen

Damn. That image is pretty dark

Comment by tor

Oh, good point, Lisa. I forgot to point that out.

Comment by Nick Eaton

RIP Fred (or Ed). May Ed (or Fred) live as long as Sally (or Grant) — 15 years……

Comment by beach

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