15 February 2010

Goodbye fishie

Back in the summer of 2008, we got a small goldfish for my son. It lived in a large bowl in one of the bathrooms. It learned to recognize us and if it was hungry when someone was in the bathroom, it would come to the side of the bowl and start wiggling its tail rapidly. Occasionally, it would let me put my finger in the water and touch it.

After about a week of declining activity and appetite, yesterday evening it started lying on its side. A symptom of fishy homeostasis in distress. The only thing we could do was move it to a small container with fresh water. It survived with labored breathing for several more hours; in fact, righted itself up for a while. But when the morning came, it was a floating ex-fish.

And then it took the 1st flush to the waste water treatment plant.

GoodbyeFishie

10 comments:

Julia said...

Ohhh, that's so sad! Rest in peace in the giant fish bowl in the sky, pretty little goldfish.

AYDIN ÖRSTAN said...

Not so sure about the giant fish bowl in the sky, but-let's be realistic- he/she will certainly rest in a giant sewage tank.

Anonymous said...

How small of a bowl are we talking? A goldfish needs a minimum of a 10 gallon tank to survive long-term. Also, the occasional thawed frozen pea will prevent the bladder issues (associated with fish flakes) that can lead to floating. Obviously it's not much use now, but if you ever decide to get another goldfish, that might help keep it alive longer. They can live up to 20 years.

/ 2 cents

AYDIN ÖRSTAN said...

Thanks. I had a feeling the bowl was a bit to small for it, especially after it grew during the 1st year.

Jannavi said...

Our Japanese betta did the same thing. It was such a happy fish and would get all excited when we would try to feed it, but one morning it was belly-up in the tank :(

fred schueler said...

For more direct action, I can recommend a diet of RADISH SEEDS - this quickly killed off my first Goldfish, when I was about 6; an early lesson in toxicology.

Coyote said...

Having taken a tour of a sewage treatment plant recently, I can say the fish will not be resting in a giant sewage tank. Your local treatment plant probably pre-treats its waste water by passing it through vertical bar screens that remove large objects such as sticks, rocks, paper (including baby wipes) and rags, that would otherwise clog plant machinery. Your little fishie would undoubtedly be removed from the wastewater at that stage, long before it would reach the primary treatment settling tanks.

Rest in peace little fishie, wherever you are.

Oh, and, no matter what the manufacturer claims, don't flush baby wipes -- they are the #1 cause of clogging water treatment machinery!

AYDIN ÖRSTAN said...

Fred: I wonder what's in radish seeds that's toxic to fish.

Coyote: I took a tour of my local waste water treatment plant some years ago & I remember seeing condoms floating in the big tanks. So maybe our fish made it thru the filters, if they have them.

fred schueler said...

I've always assumed that mustard oil would have been sufficiently toxic with the surface of the fishbowl significantly covered with seeds...

Coyote said...

Ah, well maybe your fishie made it to the primary treatment settling tanks after all. It probably went on to be biologically digested and will likely wind up as part of a biosolid landfill cap. There are worse fates, I suppose.