Healthy, happy...active, swimming...making bubbles on the surface...good appetite (not picky, from the moment we brought it home, eats appropriate number of pellets 2x a day)...responds to Lina singing and follows her fingers. Lina is thrilled with her new pet.
On the 1st day of fall, we got a basic, inexpensive setup (since Lina is only 10 1/2 years old and this is her 1st pet ever, low maintenance...easy to clean, easy to feed, tank fits on her bedroom dresser). ShimmerScale FlutterTail LOVES resting in the leaves when he naps!...but there's still empty space in the tank, so we will go to the store tomorrow to find a little hideaway for him (like a smooth log or cave) and toys (like a floating ball) to keep it stimulated. He is playful, smart and curious. When we are home, he loves listening to Lina play the piano and talk to him and he watches us intently.
Lina is an animal lover...she is gentle and had MANY interactions with live animals over the last decade - at ranches, farms, petting zoos, as well as visiting with other people's pets (she loves goats, bunnies, horses, dogs, birds, sea creatures etc.)...she even took a veterinary class for tweens. I figured now she is old enough to help care for a pet, observe it & learn about it...train it. When this pet passes away, she will begin to learn about grief and then we will move to a new home...and we will know what we're allowed to keep there, in terms of pets...so she can have her next (higher maintenance) pet.