The good, the bad, and the ugly...

Posted by Christina // 6 Replies

I have a little good new, a little bad news, and some down right ugliness.

The good news….we have a new baby shark.  Meet little Taquito. hello-baby-shark-taquito He was born last week and is already eating and doing just swimingly.

The bad news….he doesn’t have a big brother. little-fajita-is-no-longer-with-us Which leads to the ugly….my ugly cry.

Apparently, while I was in Atlanta for Haven, Fajita had an accident.  Tim said he walked downstairs and found him lying on the bottom, with a gash on his head.  This makes me so sad, because I know Tim tried everything to bring him back.  For goodness sake, that shark has been eating out of his hand for almost a year.  I can’t even imagine the sadness he felt and I wish I would have been there for him.

He didn’t want to upset me while I was on vacation, so he kept it all inside.  Then he didn’t want to tell me while we were looking at wedding venues because he knew how sad it would make me.  So about a week after it all went down, I got the news.  Ugly cry ensued.  It may seem silly to you, but we hatched him from an egg.  Watched him grow, and dreamed of building him a shark paradise.  Instead he found a home in our backyard, with the prettiest flowers we have.  Which are now growing beautifully.

Rest in peace little Fajita…we miss you bud.


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6 thoughts on “The good, the bad, and the ugly…

  1. Trisha D.

    I think I just cried a little. Fajita and I shared a special bond as in he was the first shark I got to meet that I wasn’t afraid of. His colors may have inspired me to get the beau to batt my eyes and start a tank of our own someday. May the little guy rest in piece. Such a tragedy, he was so young.

    1. Christina Post author

      I know….it’s a sad sad day 🙁

      At least we have his little brother to keep us going. I guess it’s just a part of this hobby….but I hate when fish die 🙁 weeeeep soooob cry

  2. Our Wolf Den

    I’m so sorry. It is hard to lose our saltwater creatures. One of my tanks crashed horribly and it was heart breaking to see my baby clown fishes (who were no longer babies, but close to three years old at that point) and the only Manderin I had ever seen that would take frozen food, and all their other tank mates lifeless in the water so I totally understand it and I really do feel for you.

    On a happier note a couple of questions. How big is that tank? And – I’m surprised the shark doesn’t bother the cleaner shrimp in the picture with him. Do they always get along?

    1. Christina Post author

      Oh man, that would be terrible! And wait a second…you had a Manderin eating frozen food? I can’t keep those guys alive to save my life. I have tried three of them and just can’t get the hang of it. That’s impressive! Ughhhh I can’t even imagine the whole tank getting wiped out.

      The tank the sharks are in is 60 gallons. We didn’t really realize how big Fajita had gotten until we saw the baby shark hatch. He needed a bigger tank for sure, we were working on it just didn’t quite get it done in time. In that tank we have two breeding clowns and two cleaner shrimp, neither shark has ever fussed over them but that’s why we know we need another bigger tank for them. Soon enough those shrimp will look like dinner 🙂

  3. Janelle

    oh noooooooooo! So sorry friend! RIP Fajita! I love Taquito’s name though and that he’s living on and hopefully prospering with you guys.

    Once again, mad props to Tim for being so thoughtful.


    1. Christina Post author

      I know at first I was upset that he waited to tell me, then I felt guilty for not checking on him for over a WEEK, then I came to terms that I am really glad Tim knew it would make me sad and waited to tell me until I had things to make me REALLY happy. I still can’t believe how long he kept it a secret though!!!


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