Well, it all
started out with a contest at our bank. Every month or so, they
have a give-away. Sometimes it's a 'guess how many' contest; Erika
loves those and if she's with us when we're banking, usually enters.
She won last Fall, and got a large vat o' candy... .just what we needed
after Halloween and all! ha ha. (Well, it was mostly chocolate,
so free chocolate is NEVER a bad thing!) We had just about
polished all that off when the bank had another 'guess how many' for
St. Patrick's Day. Erika entered.... and won!
Chocolate, mints, pencils and some decorations, all in a HUGE bowl!
I eyed that bowl, and thought
'wouldn't that be great for a goldfish?' Since Erika has long
wanted a new cat, and my allergies have needed a break, we've talked
about maybe getting a goldfish or something. So, opportunity knocked.
We ate the candy down to the point that we could transfer it to a
smaller bowl, cleaned it up, and proceeded to go fish shopping.
Coincidentally, this is the shirt
Erika wore that day!
We intentionally ended our shopping day at
PetSmart, where the knowledgeable and helpful staff recommended we A)
don't get a goldfish for the size/shape bowl we had, and B) don't get a
goldfish. We ignored them on both points, and pretty soon we were
on our way home with (drum roll please?
||Here he is in his new home.
He's a tiny guy, maybe
an inch long.
It probably goes without saying that we ignored the PetSmart
people at our peril. Darter soon went from darting around his
bowl to treading water at the bottom of the bowl. I transferred
him a few days later to a bowl with more surface area, and that seemed
to help, temporarily.
Long story short, this is how we solved Darter's problem:
It's Erika's birthday soon, and since this purchase was
technically for her (and precipitated by her vat o' candy win!), it's
become her birthday present. The fish you can see near the H is
actually on the sign, it's not a live one in the tank.
This time we carefully followed the advice of the PetSmart
people, and did some independent research of our own. After the
recommended waiting period, it was time to move Darter to his new
home..... and he got some friends!
Here you can see one of 2 algae fish peeking out from under the
submarine at the left of the photo..... Darter is on the right, and
Summer Sanders (with orange 'bathing cap') is in the middle!
Summer Sanders, named after the Olympic swimmer
Hush, named after the goldfish on
"The Goodnight Show" on Sprout.
Perhaps I'll post some
more pictures later... but this is the set up for now!
BTW, Erika wants to name the algae fish "Al" and "Gee" - but that's still open to debate. Have a great day!
Oh, almost forgot... here's a video of the tank. You can hear the filter, and see the fish swimming around. Click here
. approx 1 min. long.
Unfortunately, the process of setting up a new tank can be very stressful on the fish, and you often lose some in the process.
Darter 04 May 2008
Summer Sanders 06 May 2008
Summer Sanders (II) bought and died 05 July 2008
We hope to be able to get more fish when the tank is more hospitable.
Al seemed happy and healthy right up to the end.
I was very surprised to find him at the bottom of the tank this morning.
RIP Winter Waters 18 January 2009
It's been over a year.. time to 'take the plunge' and try some new fish with Hush. He's been alone for so long.
The 2 news ones are so much smaller than Hush! That's his back sticking out behind the bridge.
We're having trouble naming these guys, too.
Teeny and Tiny - Thing 1 and Thing 2 - Pip and Squeak ?
I'll let you know when we decide.
14 February 2011 R.I.P. Hush
You were the largest goldfish I ever knew.
He lost almost all of his orange color this past year, starting from the bottom up.
These last 2 weeks he stopped eating.
(P.S. The little ones never really got names, we use Thing 1 and Thing 2,
but also 'The Orange One' and "The White One'.)