holy shit it was weird doing this after months

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I’ve been wanting to make this post for a long time and I have finally gotten around to it sO

First three photos: the teeny 1 gallon “tank” I first kept Smaug in. He started getting really pale and I got really worried so I started looking up what could be wrong with him. After looking around i learned that what I had him in was WAY too small and he was probably freezing (his tank was not heated and my dorm was constantly below 70 so I can only imagine how cold he was, poor bab). So I went and bought him a heater and a 2.5 gallon tank

Next three photos: after just a few hours in his new tank he brightened back up and would NOT sit still. After a few weeks his fins had grown considerably and he was much more lively.

And finally, the last two are Smaug now in the divided 10 gallon tank that is heated and cycled as well as planted. In the 9 months that I’ve had him (holy shit I didn’t realize it had been that long!) he’s changed so much from that teeny pale fish with clamped fins. In that time I’ve come a long way and learned so much about fish keeping

Moral of the story is: fish do not belong in bowls, and do some research before buying a pet, not after