we have a fish tank at the clinic i work in . 1 year ago i happened to be up in the reception area talking with some of the girls. one was commenting on this poor little fish who appeared to have been attacked by the other fish and all his fins were gone except his tail fin. they were wondering if they should leave him in the tank or just flush him , ALIVE, down the toilet.
well, i was horrified that they were going to do that so i told them to just leave him be and the next day i would bring in a fish bowl and take him out of the tank. so i did. he started out in a teeny tiny fish bowl. once i saw he was going to live, i got him a large 1 gallon bowl with a cute little filtering system made especially for fish bowls. i got him a tree and some ornaments and pretty colored rocks.
well here we are a year later and he only has 1/3 of his tail fin left. he is pretty much just a fish body swimming around in the bowl. he is hysterical to watch because since he has no fins he cant stop himself and he swims right into the sides of the bowl, and he gets stuck sometimes on top of his little tree. and he does somersaults. i have named him OLLIE. i drew a stocking on a piece of paper and colored it in and wrote his name on it and taped it to his bowl. i would like to get him a little present. do they make fish treats or anything i could get for him ? no more decorations will fit in his bowl.
What type of fish is he? Some types of fish (bettas/guppies/etc.) LOVE bloodworms. You can buy some frozen at an aquarium store. There are also other frozen and live yummy things available- but you'll want to know what kind of fish you have before putting that stuff in their tank.
If you want to go ALL out- Marineland makes some lovely little tanks that are REALLY equipped- with biowheel filters, lights, the whole works! You can actually cycle their 6 gallon tank- and he might (depending on WHAT he is) be able to share it with a little snail or shrimp buddy. :)
scout, I have two fish aquariums, one 125 gal with cichlids and one 10 gal. with gold fish. I love them and talk to them all the time. My Husband thinks I'm a loon talking to fish. But actually fish are very social and love interaction with people.
I don't know what kind of fish Ollie is, but fish love companionship with their own kind. I'd say get Ollie a companion or two for Christmas. Community fish usually do better with more than one.
Also get him some "Stress Coat" for his fins and scales. It helps moiston the natural slime on their scales. Usually the fins and tail will grow back if the fish is healthy.
You might try some "Dr. Wellfish" aquarium salt. This will reduce stress and increase electrolytes.
ollie is a goldfish. sorry i didn't even say what he was big duh !! it is very hard to tell what kind of goldfish cause he has no fins, but after buying a book on them, i think he is supposed to be a fancy tailed goldfish. he resembles them the most. the guy who comes and cleans the big tank said he is a lion head goldfish, but he does not have even a remotely head like the lionheads.
cricketmom, if they made little flippers for fish i would get them LOL.
i will checkon those treats. he has a great appetite so if they make stuff like that he will love it !!
okay lalyla i will sing him the xmas toons i sing to you guys. poor fish will keel over LOL
pitpatz - i put the stress coat in his bowl once a week and with every water addition and the salt once a week too. his fins have never grown back. i even tried several different fin and tail rot meds and they didnt work either. one vet tells me he has cancer. well how one would know something like that i have no idea.... but he is such a happy little fish and when he sees me come in in the mornings and i pick up his food container he immediately swims to the top of the bowl to eat.
i never thought i would care for a fish like i do this little guy.
one of the ornaments in his bowl is a big goldfish. when i put it in the tank he attacked it several times. so i was thinking maybe he doesn't like company ?
***Edited By: scout1 on 12/11/2004 9:38:40 PM*** Reason: added.
pearl - how on earth do you tell what sex a fish is ? i am not sure another fish would fit in his bowl with him, and if i got a bigger tank thing , i think my boss may have a fit. everyone at work has been making fun of me for the last year about ollie. they keep threatening to fry him up for snacks. and once they put a dying fish in with him to see if it would live. i was mad at that cause i didnt want ollie to get sick and die too.
bron - an extreme makeover LOL. they would have to be miracle workers. i have pic's of him too :)
Goldfish can live quite a long time and can grow quite large according to the size of their environment. I didn't know that fish could get cancer.???
I've seen Lionfish which are really neat, but they were saltwater fish. I'm not sure on the type of goldfish Ollie is. He may be a fancy or a koi.
One thing I learned is goldfish like a cooler water temperature. Usually between 70 to 76 degrees.
When I introduce new cichlids to the aquarium, I know the established fish will pick on it and bite on its tail and fins. It takes about a month or longer before it grows back. The tail isn't as full as it was, but fills in.
My Husband loves fried catfish and when I fix it, I get a guilt complex that my fish think I'm performing fish genocide or something.
I still say Ollie would like a companion. He's not trying to attack the fake fish, but trying to communicate with it. Goldfish don't usually attack. They're pretty passisve by nature.
I don't remember but it wasn't more than a month...I do know that. All the fish we had at the time were suppose to be ok togeter but there was this one bully....we actually ended up seperating him from everyone else. It was Russ's tank when we didn't live together...I know nothing about fish! lol He gave the tank and fish to a friend when we moved....this was quite awhile ago!
Scout...we have goldfish and they're HUGE! We get them presents every year for Xmas......Personally I wouldn't get Ollie anything alive for food, because with a filter, they would get sucked right into it and make the water really cloudy. The kind of stuff I got for my guys this year for Xmas are...Tetra brand Baby shrimp sun dried treat, Wardley Tubifex Worms (these are really cool because you mush them to the side of the tank and the fish picks at it until it's all gone and the other thing I got them is also by Wardley..it is called Goldfish Crumbles..it's a slow sinking crumb and they LOVE it. All of these can be found at Walmart and are cheap. I think his story is sweet and I think it's double sweet of you to get him something for the holiday!
Thanks a lot Scout, I laughed so hard reading this my tooth hurts again. Not kidding. Do not sing to that poor fish, he's been through enough already. lol
I think the last post was a good idea, I can't remember exactly what it said, but the stuff that sticks to the side of the bowl. cool.
LOL, extreme makeover!
Well, I've heard this story before, and now I want to see a picture of Ollie. Can you post it?
I had a tank with several fish for a while. I loved the hatchet fish, one of them died one day and dh was laughing because I was so upset over a fish (it's not the same as dinner!) He said he was going to put it on a cracker like a sardine! Gross, I made him bury it in the yard, ha ha, no flush!