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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

R.I.P. Goldilox

Well, Goldilox II died today. She was a good fish. And Jessica took Goldi's death better than I thought she would. So did Jake.

I unplugged the filter as though I were unplugging life support. I then scooped her out with a soup ladel and placed her in a measuring cup. Jess and Jake both peered in:


Jessica: "Can I see it? Is Goldi's eyeball coming out?"

Me: "We're going to flush her down the toilet and send her to her old friends."

Jake: "I want to flush her!!"

I thought I'd need to explain about the cycle of life and death to teary eyed children, but no need. They declared how cool it was to see Goldi swirl around the toilet as she was sent to her watery grave.

I had just changed the water in the bowl today, too. She was looking a little wonky...floating and swimming sort of lopsided. And then she settled at the top, her gills and mouth opening and closing. I figured maybe she was in a bit of shock from me not taking enough care to match the water temp to what she was in previously.

I shook the bowl a little, she perked up and swam to the bottom, crashing into the gravel below.

That was not a good sign.

She finally settled into the deadman's float that fish do.


  • Heh - and then there's my goldfish that won't die. What am I doing wrong? They've been with us for four years. FOUR YEARS!!! Who has goldfish for FOUR YEARS???? They just won't die! (do I sound mean? I don't mean to .... but they won't stop growing and are ugly and not gold anymore - turned white and I think one is blind ... but not dead. Nope. Still swimming around in their tank - skanking it up for me to clean.)

    By Blogger Jamie, at 9/25/2007 8:21 PM  

  • hah--maybe that's the difference between having boys and girls? I've had quite bad luck with my fish here in Taiwan. I thought they'd be a low-maintenance pet, but I don't even name them anymore b/c they keep dying! :( I do have one ugly one--the ugliest of the bunch (dear Bugsy) who won't die, though, bless his soul.

    Jamie's 4 year old fish is impressive!

    By Blogger Amylia, at 9/25/2007 9:41 PM  

  • Shannon, are you cleaning the bowl with a sponge? Or with something you bought in the fish section at the pet store? Because if it's just a sponge, the chemicals on the sponge will kill the fish. If not, I don't know. Maybe you're just a fish killer.

    By Blogger Major Bedhead, at 9/25/2007 10:34 PM  

  • Is it wrong that there's a trumpet version of Taps playing in my head? Da-da-duh. Da-da-duh. Dadada-Dadada-Dadada.... All is well, safely rest, God is nigh...

    Julia called you a fish killer - LO f-ing L.

    By Blogger Nicole P, at 9/26/2007 7:12 AM  

  • How do you know the fish is blind?

    Luck would have it that only the ugly live too long.

    I never used anything other than paper towel to wipe out the inside.

    THAT'S what I forgot to do during the memorial Taps.

    By Blogger Shannon, at 9/26/2007 9:54 AM  

  • I am writing to you from work, where I can see my co-worker's fishbowl -- all nasty and cloudy. The goldfish is low in the tank, all droopy-finned. The previous resident of the tank, Sid Fishous, died earlier in the year. And this one, Angel, is not long for this world, I fear.

    And neither would we be, if we had to constantly swim in our own pee...

    By Blogger Naomi, at 9/26/2007 12:14 PM  

  • Death by swim bladder! I've only been upset for 2 of my fish that died - one was with me for about 2 years, he was a good fish. Although I have often wondered what would happen if I shot some novolog into my fish tank - is that cruel?

    By Blogger Wingman, at 9/26/2007 3:32 PM  

  • I'm just assuming he's half blind ... his eyes look all cloudy like he has glaucoma or something LOL - but the sucker won't die.

    I'm thinking I should post pics of the freaks (yes, any goldfish that lives four years is a freak in my books) as it's just not one - there are three of them.

    Maybe I need to buy some sponges .... j/k. sorta ....

    By Blogger Jamie, at 9/26/2007 5:13 PM  

  • Funny. I'll have to unearth (sorry) a story I once wrote called Goldie - about a fish that died and how I tried to keep it from the kids. I suppose Goldie is a pretty common name in the fish community.

    By Blogger Carey, at 9/26/2007 5:19 PM  

  • Naomi,
    I LOVE the name Sid Fishous. Awesome.

    I double dog dare you to shoot some Novolog into the tank. And then let me know what happens. You've peaked my curiosity.

    That's friggin gross, LMAO.

    I believe it is probably the most popular name....especially among goldfish.

    By Blogger Shannon, at 9/26/2007 6:59 PM  

  • Rest in peace, fair fish!

    By Blogger Oh, The Joys, at 9/27/2007 4:01 PM  

  • I want-a new post.... !!!!

    By Blogger Nicole P, at 9/28/2007 10:52 PM  

  • hey sorry i didn't see your comment for like a week...I have been extremely busy with school and sports.
    My field hockey team lost that game that we played my friend from diabetes camp! lol but we are doing alright. not as good as we could be or as good as last year but we are trying! we actually just won the other day! but...
    Sorry to hear about ur fish. im glad the kiddies didn't get to upset about it!.
    have a great rest of the weekend!

    By Blogger Jenna, at 9/29/2007 11:15 PM  

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