She will be greatly missed - I am absolutely heartbroken. I thought I would share a few previously unseen photos of her, plus a video taken a while back of her shoaling with her stripy friends in the moonlight:
For the video clip (around 30 secs) please turn the sound down, as this was taken with a camera that makes a bit of a noise when continually refocussing http://s921.photobucket.com/albums/ad52 ... CN8695.flv
Rest in peace, beautiful Marge. X
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Marge was quite the celebrity!
I am sure that with the kind of care she got from you, it just must have been her time. You can take comfort in knowing that you provided her with a wonderful home and she is known and admired by people from all over the world.
Every time I do my loach presentation, Marge catches everyone's attention. She was quite a specimen.
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Me too. I will never forget the time in 2006 when a whole bunch of us stood in Emma's lounge in front of that magnificent aquarium and Emma tried to encourage Marge to come out of hiding. The others that form the superb shoal of Clowns in that tank were gorgeous in their own right and gave us all much visual pleasure.andre wrote:I'm so sorry Emma. I'm glad that I had a chance to meet her.
And then Marge appeared. A room full of Loach keepers stopped breathing momentarily I think. Then a quietly spoken F-word eminated from many of our lips. It was the only expletive that remotely approached adequacy in reacting to this fish.
I don't believe there is anything that could adequately prepare a Loach enthusiast for a first sighting of Marge. She was so far beyond any other specimen you have ever seen of this species. You can know that they get that big (or bigger in the wild), but unless you have ever netted a mature adult from its native stream you can't get your head around Marge.
She lives on, life-size on pages 222 and 223 of the book Loaches. We fought to get this picture of her in the book so that people could see just what these fish can become. Because she was and will remain an icon of our hobby.
I cannot imagine right now how you must feel Emma. I know what she meant to you. Take pride that in your excellent care she flourished and continued to grow ever more magnificent.
Marge definately had the best possible home, she had a good life, but its so sad that its her time
Em, my thoughts are with you, hugs my friend xx
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