The Victims: Two common gold-fish. One was, well gold (they are gold fish after all). The other one was white and gold. Hmm, I wonder, if they don’t have any gold, how can they still be called gold-fish? Their names were Sun, and Apple.
The Scene: It was a fishbowl of course.
The Murder Weapon: A tank heater on overdrive.
Prime Suspect: Mom
Did you read that last line? That’s right Dad, yours truly, is completely innocent of doing any harm to these two gentle, loving creatures. Okay, okay, I know, they are gold-fish. Heck the main extent of their love is their frenzied charge at the glass when they see your hand, assuming you are getting ready to feed them. They have a memory of minutes, and lets face it, gold fish are filthy creatures. They were, however the first pets of my four and five-year old children.
So what did happen? Well we have to go back a few days when we managed to kill another fish. In that instance, it was an algae eater that we were trying to introduce into the tank. Evidently that fish “froze” to death because the tank was too cold for them. A visit to the pet store revealed this fact to us so we purchased a shiny new tank heater to correct the situation. My wife installed the heater and diligently monitored the temperature to make sure everything was going properly. Everything seemed okay when we retired for the evening.
The next morning would tell a different story. My wife would find the two fish stuck to the intake tube of the filter mechanism. There were no tears, and no one was upset. In fact my little ones were excited to get to “flush” the dead fish down the toilet bowl. It was a race to see who would get the privilege of doing the actual flushing.
It looks like we will be making another trip to the pet store soon. I’m starting to think we should have given my children “pet rocks” for their first pet, and see if those survived before moving on to something more fragile.
- ‘Gold’ Fish Thrive, Cancers Die (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Getting the Right Balance: What is the Correct Temperature for my Fish Tank? (brighthub.com)
- What Do Goldfish Eat? (brighthub.com)
- How often and When Should I Clean my Fish Tank (brighthub.com)