Fish Trauma

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.

11 comments:

PamKittyMorning said...

Cheap bowls for the fish and give them as fishy gifts to all of the kids friends. I mean its not going to make you mom popular but at least you don't have their little lives on your hands. Tie a cute bow on the bowl and maybe a little thing of cheap fish food.. you're golden.
Good luck.

Jennifer said...

Are you sure the dad was eating them? We had fish that loved to reproduce and the dad actually held them in his mouth for a long time! He really could be eating them though.

The Introvert said...

Dude, fish are overrated. I had my fair share of them as a kid, and they were just never as cool as my dog. You can't dress a fish in a doll dress!

so tired said...

It seems like you'll kill them soon enough. No need to add bleach to the water. I give them two weeks, tops.

Mamma said...

Fish are so much more work than they're worth, though I do like watching them swish around their little bowls.

Lotta said...

Pam - You're so nice. Your comment may have been the thing that saved those fish from a flush today.

Jennifer - Um, yea and your dog went to live on the farm too. ;)

Introvert - That is a huge drawback.

So Tired - Snort.

Mama - That's how they get you.

Lori said...

Find a neighbor with a ornamental pond - just add a few to it, they'll never know!

Jen said...

omg....like pacman eating dots....

damnit now my mascara is running because I was laughing so hard....

Northern Lights Aquatics said...

Aww, don't kill the fish!

Look and see if there are any fish forums or fish clubs in your area, and offer them for free, post them on craigslist, write a blog post and title it "Free goldfish in "Insert name of your city here".

Petsmart might even take them and put them up for adoption once they get big enough, I know Petco and other pet stores usually will.

Good luck!

Hetha said...

OH my God this is so funny! I'm getting caught up on your blog tonight and have had a great time. Congrats on Blogher!!

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