Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Fare thee well, Porthos
Originally, there were four, just like Alexandre Dumas' Musketeers: d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. They lived together in that 50-gallon tank for nearly a decade, surviving numerous tank cleanings and at least one major move, from Eagle Creek to Meridian Hills. Then d'Artagnan died. Then Athos and Aramis went belly-up in quick succession. Porthos, the largest of the four, survived a couple more years before passing on this week.
It's a general rule of thumb that, the larger the aquarium fish, the longer the life span -- so I suppose it's only fitting that Porthos lived longer than his compatriots. At any rate, a decade is an admirable lifespan for any aquarium fish, even a severum.
Farewell, Porthos du Vallon de Bracieux de Pierrefonds. You were a good fish, and we'll miss you.