I have seen a few people post about their fish. I have 2 funny stories about the fish I had/have. Caution about flushing fish - big fish - my husband wasn't too happy with me. I had a huge sucker fish (picostimus - how ever you spell it). Well, he died one day so I decided to flush him. A day or two later the toilet isn't flushing well. The husband asked me what I did with the dead fish and I told him I flushed it. Well, needless to say, the plumber had to come out with a snake and go 15 feet to unclog the pipes and we had to pay $50.00 A few years back I had 2 Oscars who died while we were on vacation. I had another sucker fish who I thought might have the same disease or whatever the Oscars died from. The Oscars ended up dying from amonia build up in the tank because we fed them 4 dozen live fish before we left. So I figured the sucker fish was sick too because he didn't look too good. Stupid me decided to flush the sucker fish while he was still alive. Not thinking, every time I would flush the toilet, he would suck to the side of the bowl or swim down the hole and come back. It took me 15-20 minutes to fish him out of the toilet with a net. And to this day, I still have him (alive).
halo, that is too funny. This fish that I have now has one eye. Well, actually one is bigger then the other so he has some wierd growth or he lost one. Can't really tell. It's been like that for a while and he is still swimming around like nothing. Do you think I should take it to the vet? haha
I have a 30 gallon tank in my diningroom with a sucker fish and a Midas fish. In my living room I have a 50 gallon tank with a shark, a gurami, 2 serevums, a peacock eel, and a green terror. I had a red tail tin foil but he just died last week while the husband wasn't home. First thing he said was "don't flush that fish". The tin foil was really big. Do you have goldfish? How did your fish lose an eye?
I really do not know. My son noticed one day. The fish is a black one. I don't know what it is. The kids picked it out from wal mart and really it cost under a dollar. It seems to not mind. He is quite happy swimming around and around in his little hexagon tank . I could not handle more than this. Okay I know dogs are more trouble but a fish. DIE ALREADY!!!!
Halo that is sooooo funny!!!!!! We had a little tank with 4 goldfish and a sucker fish in it and in December of 2002 we had a very bad ice storm and lost power for 9 days. We couldn't use a kerosene heater because of the bird and didn't have generator. I refused to go to a hotel because I wouldn't leave my animals. We actually would have to wash up with ice cold water and ate out everyday....we lived off of coffee and hot chocolate. It was sooooooo cold in my house that the fish actually frooze in the tank. The whole tank was a frozen block of ice. So of course they all died..
When I was younger, my dad had a fish tank in the gameroom. It was real cold one winter so my mom thought the fish were cold. She turned up the heater on the little guys and killed them all. My dad was so ticked off because he invested alot of money in that fish tank.
Nope I live in North Carolina and we are not supposed to get weather like that....but it does happen from time to time.....It was horible....we had to sleep with a bunch of layers of clothes on and all of the dogs slept with us....The cats were the smart ones....They would get all the way under all of the covers and sleep. I just kept the bird covered with a thick blanket and carry her around with me and the lizards went into hibernation. It was warmer outside then it was in my house. The cities around me had power within a day or two. But because I live in a rural area they took thier time fixing ours. I have since bought a generator and it has been a life saver.
They have air pumps that run on batteries now!! We had an ice storm also, and I had to cover my tank with news paper, to hold in heat. I had to buy the air pump to save my fish! Then I made the hubby go buy a generater. Fish lived.
Good idea. Did you hear about the blackout Ontario had last year. Did not even last 24hours in some parts. It was in August and really you should of seen my kids. They did not know what to do with themselves. They were going nuts. I can't even think about 9 days.
Halo, that is so funny. I have to tell you I had two Oscars and a plecostomas (sp) that was huge. I had a 50 gallon tank. My kids named him spot (what else) Well, the same thing happened when he died. I tried to flush him, but instead of going down and getting stuck he wouldn't go down at all, then I had a dead fish floating around in the toilet. My husband had to get him out and wrap him in newspaper and put him out in the trash. It was sad :((((
Gina - I loved the Oscars - they were so cool. They were kind of like dogs, begged for food, let you pet them and they bit my husband because he didn't think they would latch on - LOL We also had a fiddler crab in our tank when we first set up our 50 gallon tank. I knew nothing about the fiddler crab and no one at the pet store told us anything about them except what they eat. We couldn't figure out why this crab kept climbing all over everything from the live plants to the filter. My husband just kept pushing him down because we thought he was trying to get out. We find out later (after he's dead) that the poor little crab was just trying to get air. They never told us to put anything in the tank that sticks out above water for the crab to get air every once in a while. I haven't got another one yet.
I have a friend who is crazy about her fish. She has a beautifull 50 gallon long, With some really nice BIG fish. One night she saw her tinfoil barb swimming sideways, so.... she would put her arm in the water to hold it upright. She hated to even put her arm in the water to clean it because she thought the fish were bite'ing her,...LOL, So...she calls me up and tells me all about her poor fish.... she also said if it needed cpr she was going to put a straw in there to help it breath. I laughed so hard...she made me say a prayer for her poor fish that night. The next day she calls me up and say's...*I saved my fish!!* told ya it would work.. Lma000, The next week the fish died. POOR FISH!
halo that is just too funny. here is a story about ollie. we have a huge fish tank at work. one day the girls were talking about 1 of the goldfish who was missing most of his tail fin and all of his body fins. they were thinking of flushing him. i flipped out and told them they were all mean to do that to him. we thought the othes in the tank were beating him up. so i told them i would get him his own bowl and try and save him. they thought i was nuts. they all call me a tree hugger at work. so i got him his own bowl and bought some meds for fin and tail rot. everyone made extreme fun of me, especially since th emedicine turned his water yellow. well he we are just about 1 year later.......ollie sits on our back counter with us in the treatment room, he has a teeny tiny filter system in his goldfish bowl, with the character patrick from spongebob squarepants in with him, another fake goldfish statue, and a tree thingy. he still has no fins so he is like just a little goldfish body swimming around. he does somersaults because he can't swim right w/out fins and he swims in to the sides of his bowl cause he ca't turn fast enough. he is very funny to watch. i love him and he has grown on everyone at work. they still make fun of me but they enjoy having him in the back.
LOL, here's my other funny fish story. One of my Oscars outlived the other and he was HUGE. Well, I was 9 months pregnant and trying to paint my house. My mom came over and did all the work, of course she wouldn't let me do anything. We drained that tank as much as we could, my mother in law came over and they moved it away from the wall so we could paint behind it. After all was done they moved everything back, we refilled it (all this time Oscar was in an icechest with an airhose and doing fine). After the water was all ready we tried to net him to put him back in the tank, but he was so bid, he jumped from the net and hit the freshly painted wall and fell in his tank. Amazingly he survived for years after that, but we left the fish print on the wall behind the tank. You couldn't see it, but there was no way I was going to try and move it again.
I bought my sister some new fish a couple months ago. I bought her 3 mollies...a yellow one, and orange one, and a black one. Then next morrning, we counted 18 babies....by that night there were too many to count!!!!! We were like "what on earth are we going to do with all of these fish?" well....I think about 5 are still alive (rest got eaten we think) and are growing steadily.