Lunchbox passed away yesterday.
Peacefully, in his sleep. I don’t know exactly what happened. Most likely, whatever was stunting his growth and giving him gout finally caught up to him.
I really thought that Lunchbox was doing much better this year. He did develop gout last summer, but his vet and I got it under control by restricting his diet to solely ReptoMin pellets, with the occasional snack of romaine lettuce. Best of all, Lunchbox was growing a bit faster (although still much slower than a normal rate), and he was finally doing better with deeper water. He was doing so well that I was planning to get him a great big tank this summer.
Lunchbox, it was a wonderful 10.5 years. I wish we could have had another 10.5. I miss your happy little face already. I hope you are swimming in a giant pond somewhere with rocks to sun on, a big old deck to run around on, nothing red in sight, and endless noms and sunlight.