Awhile back we bought a friend for son's Beta fish, Skip. The clerk from PetSmart swore up and down that this particular type of fish would get along fantastically with the Beta. And by "get along" she surely must have meant "be a really great snack". Because we put the ill fated fish in the tank, pressed our noses up to the glass and watched the Beta go at him like he was a bowl of rocky road. I couldn't find the net fast enough to save the dude and so we had a fishy toilet funeral.
Son took it pretty well as he has been through quite a few Betas at this point. (Don't look at me like that Beta's die real easy, yes they do.) He's had Skippy, Skippy II and the illustrious and hungry Skip so far. But daughter was pretty freaked out.
So when we recently won a gift certificate to a local pet store at a church auction I thought I could make it up to daughter by getting her a new fish. So we bought a new tank and two pretty orange goldfish. The kids named them Skipper and Goldy and lovingly fed them their fishy flakes every night.
Then husband asked if daughter's fish was pregnant. "Oh no! All the fish in that tank looked like that! I think it's just that type of fish that has a big belly." Um, no. We found daughter's fish stiff and belly up having lost her life in childbirth. And there were 15 teeny, tiny little gold spermy like fish swimming around the tank. Son's goldfish Skipper was chomping those babies down like PacMan eating dots.
I did my best to rescue the baby fish as best I could with daughter yelling, "save the babies mommy!" And we ended up with about 9 in a tiny Tupperware bowl. A Tupperware bowl that bowl that I have to restrain myself from dumping into the toilet and flushing every time I look into it. Cause what the heck are we going to do with 9 goldfish?
Is it terribly evil that I'm contemplating adding a drop or two of bleach into the fish water? I realize that killing animals is a sign of being a sociopath. But I have totally held off on sedating our hyper Brittany Spaniel so that should count for something.