teahouseblossom
Thursday, September 27, 2007

      ( 11:22 PM ) teahouse
 
Karma

I'm an avid collector and breeder of African cichlids. My already-tiny Manhattan living space is taken up in large part by two large aquariums.

Recently I forayed into the world of Lake Tanganyikan cichlids. Specifically, cichlids of the genus Tropheus.

These little critters are amazingly finicky, and if not fed a very precise diet, succumb to something vaguely referred to as "bloat" which causes them to stop eating, get the runs (yeah, it's lovely) and basically drop dead in a matter of days.

As of last week, I was down to 2 of these fish. And today one of the remaining 2 succumbed to the mysterious illness.

The one that remains has stopped eating. Once that happens, it's too far gone and I basically have to accept that it will be dead by morning. It does look a bit bloated, too.

And coincidentally, I ate something that disagreed with me for dinner tonight, and spent 2 hours running back and forth to the bathroom.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen..my fish and I BOTH had digestive issues tonight.

I guess I got what I deserved for screwing up his diet.
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