So, Coffee didn't make it. I was oddly attached to him, so that was pretty disappointing and I almost wanted to give up. I really don't know why he didn't make it. He seemed to be getting better and he water was very clean.
Anyway, I FINALLY decided on a healthy Ryukin from a local store. It's unfortunate that I'm so picky. I'm finding that the chain stores, interestingly enough, have 'better' looking fish (with more to chose from) for cheaper than the local stores. However, they're all sick and after Coffee dying despite my efforts to nurse him back to health, I'm going to go exclusively with healthy.
Anyway, this one was healthy AND nice looking (in my opinion).
I don't normally name fish, but since the goldfish are so indivudual and will hopefully be with me for so long, they all get names. :)
This is Sails
Pooping for the photo.
He's redder than he appears in the photo.
He'd just got done being slightly overfed, so his little mouth thingy was a bit extended.
I also really wanted a black moor but couldn't find any that I liked at all. But finally I found some and picked out this little guy. He's much smaller than the Ryukin but he's more svelte and has done pretty well competing with the Ryukin to get food, so I think it'll be fine.
His was named 'Concerto'. Does anybody else think that classical piano music goes incredibly perfectly with goldfish?
Anyway, I'm going to get some good photos later on, also some photos of their set up. They're kind of in an 'unfinished' temporary tank until I'm done doing some light remodeling of my own room. I also plan on getting 1-3 more when my tank is ready for it and when I find some that I like. Does anybody know of a place to order online? I'm pretty limited with the local stuff. Although, I have a fairly strict budget, too. I wouldn't want to pay more than about 40-50 $ for the fish and shipping.
I'm assuming I'll have the best luck just checking in with the local shops with every shipment. If I'm feeling really brave, I could even try a chain pet shop, but I don't think I'm that brave.