This is Richard. I had him for well over a year until he died when I went to Disneyland. I guess he didn't like the new tank I put him in before I left. I loved him. He knew when I was there. Every time I looked at him, even from far away, he would start swimming around. Chris named him. He sure had a special place in my soul.
To ease my broken heart, I got Karen a week later. Sadly I did not document his gloriousness through photo, but he was purple and red with spindly spikes. He died today. I am supremely saddened by it. Truly. He was gorgeous. Gary loved him. It was a delight walking into my room and seeing him swim around. Please keep him in your thoughts.