The great fish plague of 2013. I lost everyone except Einstein, Marconi, and Jezebel the crayfish. Everyone. Including my monster pleco, Sir Oreck of Hoover the third, the 18 – 20″ long pleco that I upgraded to a 90 gallon tank for.

This was a new disease to me. What I thought was merely ick was a really nasty strain of velvet. It’s heartbreaking to watch, and I wouldn’t wish that upon my worse fishy enemies.

</3 R.I.P. my babies. All 17 of you.