RIP Filbert ='{

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Pufferpunk
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RIP Filbert ='{

Post by Pufferpunk » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:02 pm

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Many of you have been following my tales of Filbert the fahaka puffer from the day I got him. It was around the time I took over this forum, 19 years ago. He survived the trip from Chicago to SC 18 months ago & finally got upgraded from his life-long 125g, to a nice, big 180g. Filbert has been a very special fahaka puffer, because he has happily lived with many tank mates! During this past year, I could see him acting "old". The other fish would easily steal food right out of his mouth. His appetite was lessening a great deal. He was looking tired & thin.
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When he was younger, he would usually eat 3-4 whole shrimps in an feeding. For the past 6 months, he'd barely bite at shrimp, so I kept his diet to mostly earthworms. For the past month I was happy if he ate 1 worm a day. He was getting very thin & listless. I went to visit my parents in AZ & left strict instructions for Hubby to feed him a worm every day & showed him how to fend off the other fish, so he could eat in peace. Hubby was actually cutting the worm in quarters, when he noticed Filbert was having trouble with whole ones. The day before I came home, he refused to eat. When I got home, I tried to put the worm right into his mouth but he didn't want it. He was a shadow of his former self. By the next morning, he was laying on his side & i knew it was time. Got out the clove oil poured the entire bottle into the bucket & gently laid him in. Sat on the floor with him, as he only had the strength to move his big eyes back & forth. I spoke to him the entire time, telling him what a great fish he was, thanking him for happily greeting me every day & not eating his tank mates. Good by Filbert, there will never be another fish like you!

I commissioned a artist-friend to make this:
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You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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Re: RIP Filbert ='{

Post by eieio » Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:20 pm

Pp, Filbert had the greatest life a puffer could ever have! ;-)
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Re: RIP Filbert ='{

Post by Bleedingheartmommy » Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:00 pm

This has me in tears, I am so sorry you had to say goodbye this way. 19 years is a long time to love anyone, I can only imagine how heavy your heart must be today- and wish there was some small way to give you some comfort beyond knowing he is at peace now.

Your an amazing person and incredible fish parent, he was as lucky to have you as you were to have him. S.I.P. Filbert.
"Genetics loads the gun, and environment pulls the trigger."-Brené Brown

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Re: RIP Filbert ='{

Post by Arny » Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:38 pm

Sorry to hear he's passed away pp. Did you ever have to trim his teeth in 19 years?

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Re: RIP Filbert ='{

Post by swimmer » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:27 pm

bummer it is amazing how some fish can be "aware" of themselves and those that care for them
I am happy for you and Filbert to make that bond

"rest easy "

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2 T biocellatus
C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
Also kept:
lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
Location (country): USA, Greenville, SC
Location: Chicago
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Re: RIP Filbert ='{

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:04 am

Arny wrote:
Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:38 pm
Sorry to hear he's passed away pp. Did you ever have to trim his teeth in 19 years?
Nope, he ate his fair share of crunch.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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Re: RIP Filbert ='{

Post by lobowind » Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:36 am

He was such a figurehead on this forum that I think we all mourn him with you.

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Re: RIP Filbert ='{

Post by PYRU » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:21 pm

I'm sorry for the loss, but great job on staying with for 19yrs. A move from Chicago to SC with a big fish...i commend you.

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Mongo, the 4" A modestus
2 T biocellatus
C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
Also kept:
lorteti
DPs
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burrfish
T niphobles
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Re: RIP Filbert ='{

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:13 pm

My miurus moved here, too.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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Re: RIP Filbert ='{

Post by grup » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:20 pm

Taps for a special fish.

Thanks for sharing his amazing history.

Will there be consideration for another Fahaka some day in the future ?

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Re: RIP Filbert ='{

Post by pufferjkb » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:23 pm

I'm very sorry for your loss of Filbert. He seems to have been an excellent fish friend.

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My Puffers: Filbert, the 12" T lineatus
Punkster, the 4" red T miurus
Mongo, the 4" A modestus
2 T biocellatus
C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
Also kept:
lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
Location (country): USA, Greenville, SC
Location: Chicago
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Re: RIP Filbert ='{

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:45 pm

grup wrote:
Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:20 pm
Will there be consideration for another Fahaka some day in the future ?
Unfortunately, I can't take the chance on my exotic fish collection with another fahaka. It's very rare when one is found that won't eat their tank mates.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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Re: RIP Filbert ='{

Post by Iliveinazoo » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:14 am

Sorry to hear that PP. I've enjoyed hearing about Filbert over the years :rip:

He was a well loved fish

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Re: RIP Filbert ='{

Post by CarpCharacin » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:35 am

:rip:

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Re: RIP Filbert ='{

Post by alg8er » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:26 pm

Just joined the forum. Very sad reading. Imy sorry for your loss.

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