In October of 2002 I bought five G. ocellatus and three ctenocephalus at Uncle Ned's in Milis, Mass. while visiting friends. At that time, I could not find gastros in my area. I drove the fish 1000 miles home and all made it fine. Most died within the first three years or so, but two ocellatus and one ctenocephalus made it to the 8 year mark. Then, I lost one of the ocellatus. The remaining two continued to do well, although they slimmed down a bit in the last year or two. The fish that died today was eating well up until the last day or so. As is the case with many hillstreams, when they go, they go quickly. Now only one ctenocephalus of that group remains. I feel lucky to have had these fish so long, but I hate to see them go. I still have a Beaufortia and a Sinogastromyzon that I have had for 11 years.
I have continued keeping a fish alive only until not more than seven years.
In my tank, Mountain Rock Goby of the seventh year has died last month.
It has got very thinner during last three months.
I felt very sorry for the figure.
I think that it is an ideal way of ending it grows old with being cheerful, and to be over flatly.
Here is a pic of the fish. Its in the foreground. This pic was taken about 2-3 years ago. The ctenocephalus in the background is about 10 years now old and still alive.
And here it is again.
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