The Survivor…

We have a goldfish that was purchased for a photo shoot. It lived in a fishbowl for a month, and it was left to me to get it a proper tank with a water filter and some scenery. About a 1 gallon tank. It survived for about a year, and then someone else adopted it.

After about another year, the foster parents had enough. Seems this goldfish likes to hang out upside down. I guess they did not want it to die on their watch.

So I once again had the responsibility of keeping this entity alive. Feed it, clean the tank, feed it, clean the tank, change the filter, feed it. For about another year.

Today, when I walked by it, it furiously wagged its fins and angrily stared at me. So it was hungry, but also, the anger seemed to go deeper. I realized it needed a bigger house. Since this dumb fish refuses to die, even though it hangs out upside down most of the time, I figured I owed it a bigger tank, and maybe even some companions.

So, this being Super Bowl Sunday, I decided to make the trek to Walmart and get some new digs for the stalwart survivor. I took my #3 son with me, and we picked out a bigger aquarium with some nice scenery and rocks and hidey spots.

The aquarium/fish attendant was busy with a lady speaking Spanish, on the phone with someone who was advising her what fish to buy. Took a long time.

When she was done, there was another gentleman who had also been patiently waiting, and the attendant turned to him and asked how he could help. He graciously pointed to us and said we were here first. I would have done the same, but I must say that it is refreshing to encounter civilized society every now and then.

He was there to buy some small gold fish, and gave us some very good advice on which fish we should get to be companions for our survivor. When we said we wanted some little goldfish, he said, “Oh no, I hope you don’t want those little goldfish, I need about ten of them.”

We needed companions for our long suffering survivor, he needed food for his reptile tank. So, our new 2 fish survive, and his 10 fish are reptile food. Luck of the draw, and who ever said life is fair.

My little one (3 going on 13), had a lot of fun helping us setup the new tank and adding the new fish. And fortunately, I missed the entire Super Bowl…

Now the question is, will our old survivor straighten out and fly right, or teach all the new fish how to hang out upside down…

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14 thoughts on “The Survivor…”

  1. Why do people talk to fish? I can see talking to a cat or a dog but fish don’t respond to a voice do they.

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  2. Our daughter won a goldfish at the church picnic.  Named him after herself.  The darn thing lived for 8 years, the last 2 upside down.  My husband finally “accidentally” dropped him down the drain as he did the weekly cleaning.

    Its been 30 years, but your story makes me sad we didn’t buy him bigger quarters and some friends…..

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  3. 10 Cents:
    Why do people talk to fish? I can see talking to a cat or a dog but fish don’t respond to a voice do they.

    I don’t talk to the fish, but the fish talks to me! Especially when it’s hungry…

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  4. 10 Cents:
    Why do people talk to fish? I can see talking to a cat or a dog but fish don’t respond to a voice do they.

    A few years ago I would have asked the same question.  My fish respond specifically to my voice.  It must be love, or perhaps just that I’m the food source.  Whatever, I call them and they all swim over to see me.  When it’s the season, they immediately start begging for food, too.  There’s a reason I named my Fishmate autofeeder Baal; whenever his auger turns to begin dispensing the all-desirable Koi kibbles, they swarm over to idolize him.

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  5. Trinity’s right.

    I won’t flatter myself to think my koi were happy to see me but when they did their little mouths were always open. They also seemed to enjoy the sun and were quite frisky- a little jumping and tails waving like a flag! (I like butterfly koi.)

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  6. AQhw:
    Our daughter won a goldfish at the church picnic.  Named him after herself.  The darn thing lived for 8 years, the last 2 upside down.  My husband finally “accidentally” dropped him down the drain as he did the weekly cleaning.

    Its been 30 years, but your story makes me sad we didn’t buy him bigger quarters and some friends…..

    Many years ago I was one of many who assembled and ran a church picnic on the church grounds. After the last day, with cleanup the day after, I found two goldfish laying on their sides in a shallow puddle. Apparently they were the result of a dropped plastic bag containing them as a prize the night before. Not having fish at that time but at one time in the past having somewhere around 18 tanks because I was raising tropical fish, I decided to attempt to save them. The black one died withing a few days but the golden one lived for years, finally dying with my first attempt with an outdoor pond that got too warm in the summer. His name, appropriately, was “puddles”.

    Here he is in a thirty gallon tank in my basement before my first attempt at a pond. The better half wouldn’t let me keep him upstairs.

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  7. Trinity Waters:

    10 Cents:
    Why do people talk to fish? I can see talking to a cat or a dog but fish don’t respond to a voice do they.

    A few years ago I would have asked the same question.  My fish respond specifically to my voice.  It must be love, or perhaps just that I’m the food source.  Whatever, I call them and they all swim over to see me.  When it’s the season, they immediately start begging for food, too.  There’s a reason I named my Fishmate autofeeder Baal; whenever his auger turns to begin dispensing the all-desirable Koi kibbles, they swarm over to idolize him.

    I was thinking smaller fish. I know the koi see the person at the waters edge as a meal ticket. Is it the same for goldfish?

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    Trinity Waters:

    10 Cents:
    Why do people talk to fish? I can see talking to a cat or a dog but fish don’t respond to a voice do they.

    A few years ago I would have asked the same question.  My fish respond specifically to my voice.  It must be love, or perhaps just that I’m the food source.  Whatever, I call them and they all swim over to see me.  When it’s the season, they immediately start begging for food, too.  There’s a reason I named my Fishmate autofeeder Baal; whenever his auger turns to begin dispensing the all-desirable Koi kibbles, they swarm over to idolize him.

    I was thinking smaller fish. I know the koi see the person at the waters edge as a meal ticket. Is it the same for goldfish?

    Yep, in my experience, most, including tropical fish, seemed to recognize the person at either the water’s edge or the tank’s edge as the meal ticket.

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  9. Gerry D:
    Yep, in my experience, most, including tropical fish, seemed to recognize the person at either the water’s edge or the tank’s edge as the meal ticket.

    That’s my lot in life. Meal Ticket.

    I feed the puppy, I feed the cat, I feed the fish, I feed the teenagers.

    I just wish the teenagers were as appreciative as the puppy. Cat thinks it’s his due, and complains every 20 minutes that he needs to be fed.

    Come to think of it, teenagers are a lot like the cat in that respect. They think that milk and eggs and Ecco Waffles just magically appear in the refrigerator, and if we run out, it’s a crime against humanity.

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  10. Survivor Update:

    The Survivor seems to be doing much better. For the first week or so, it just kept to a corner of the aquarium, not much motion, but not upside down either.

    She, (I think it’s a she) has started roaming the the entire space, and I haven’t spotted her upside down for a couple of weeks. All the other fishy’s seem to be doing ok too:

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