I'm sorry to say....but my beloved puffer fish "Puffer" has died.
(I'm usually more imaginative with the naming of my pets, I swear!!!)
I found him swimming belly up along the bottom of his tank last night.
Cause of death, old age. We've had him for 10 years, and he wasn't a new fish when we purchased him....so he's lived a good life.
The poor thing has lived through countless aquarium movings, power outages and cat attacks. He was a fighter, but I guess it was just his time.
Services will be held at my house tonight. (which basically means Mot is still out of town, so I'll have to fish his body out of the tank myself - squealing "eww, yuck, eww" as I do it)
I have a hard time with the idea of flushing him....should I dig a little whole in the backyard? How long do you wait before getting new fish for the tank?