Monday, January 23, 2006

Fishy Obituary

***Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the life that was Blackie Goldfish. In the short 9 days that he was with us, he brought us peace and joy. Though he lost an eye on Saturday to unknown circumstances, he fought valiantly on for 2 more days. May he rest in peace in the big fish tank in the sky.***

My sister gave us a fishtank set Christmas of 2004 (but she gave it to us a few months late.) However, we had 2 bettas (Siamese Fighting fish) at the time and we didn't want them to get jealous (actually, we didn't have time for any more pets! We had 2 fish, 2 dogs, a budgie and half a cat [don't ask- well, ok it was next doors cat but spent all its time in our yard]). During the course of 2005 our neighbours lost the cat to a snake (but it chose to die in our yard), the budgie fell off the perch and the 2 fish swam to Davy Jones locker - yes lots of sad fatalities that year. So when a petshop/ nursery decided to move location, we decided to check it out to see if there would be something suitable for the tank. Country businesses are confusing! They change ownership, move, rename themselves and close down at the drop of a hat. We thought this was a new place, however, it was just the old pet shop moving to a new location.

Anyway, it had a very good selection of birds and fish. There were really cute silky chicks that we had to fight hard to control the urge to keep them.There were lots of beautiful tropical fish but our tank had no heater. We also pondered getting one of these creepy creatures known as axolotl. To me it looks like some sort of strange mutated fish which has lived too close to toxic waste.
However, because they are half reptilian, we would have to feed it insects, meat, other fish!? etc and would need a much bigger tank than the 7 litre one we had. Hence we went home with Comet (the carpy looking goldfish), Blackie, and Puss (a tendenous catfish which is freshwater).

They had really different personalities. Comet is a big greedy fish which would come to the surface and make gulping noises whenever you opened the lid. Blackie was peaceful and loved swimming into the jet of the filter, swimming hard but going nowhere (probably exercising) and Puss just hides under that blue glass mountain thing where the light is. Poor Blackie, Richard noticed on Saturday that his right eye was missing. We wondered if it was involved in a fight with the innocent looking catfish (silent assasin?) or the big bully gold fish or if it was some strange pop-eye disease. Nevertheless, sadly he is gone but we will have this picture to remember him by.


At 11:48 PM, Blogger Clare Eats said...

Oh poor fishy, and we didn't even get to met you.



At 10:38 AM, Blogger Dr. Mommy, D.D.S. said...

i'm sorry 'bout your fish. i've never had great luck with them myself, it's like i have a black thumb or something (same goes with plants). i'm really good with rodents, tho. at one point, my family had 5 guinea pigs. they were like my children. unfortunately, canuck developed really bad allergic asthma from them when we were in dental school and once they all passed away, we decided we couldn't keep any of them around anymore. i miss those guinea days, tho...

At 1:37 PM, Blogger milgwimper said...

Oh I love fish. I am so sorry you had so many pet deaths. :( HUGZ Everyone thinks I am crazy about fishes, and that they don't have personalities but I find they do have personalities.

I have a red very large betta officially named Jumpin' Yimny, but he is most known as Punk and Fishy. ;P He is pretty greedy with the food, but he has gotten older. He is about 3+ years old.

At 6:40 PM, Blogger RON said...

you gals are sick. (However, I fully understand that you'll never be your same self again after such tragedy)

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

:) Not too long now Clare ! Is it an oyster knife?

Hi Doc mommy ! I have a black tuhmb with plants too... except for cacti, but then some of them still try their darndest to die. I think the gene for black thumb must be on the same genome as the fish killing one.

i knew you would understand :) Wow 3+ years ! And I thought my bettas were good lasting 2 years.

hehe Ron, bite me!

At 9:56 PM, Blogger Flatfeet said...

Yo Rach,
how's your day been? Do you know where roughly Temasek is near at? I know it's along George St in Paramatta.
Oh just to let you know that I've linked u on my blog. Woohoo!
OMG, CNY is just around the corner.Memories of bustling Chinatown start to flood my brain. Maybe I should have a nice takeaway on new years' day...
How often do you n hubby come to the city?
Speaking of fish, everytime when I go back to SG, I definitely would go for the BBQ stingray. Nice leh!
*Sending my condolences to Mr Blackie Goldfish ;(

At 12:07 AM, Blogger Rachel said...

Hi Dr Feet !
Hey do you really have flat feet? Me and hubby both have flatfeet so our kids will probably become penguins. Is there a certain race more prone to flat feet?

Anyway, Tamasek is close to the old cinema on George St parramatta, also close to the office works, tucked in a small "village" of shops. Its not in the busy area of Parra. Where do you live anyway?

Yeah the only time I get homesick is CNY. Usually time to eat lots of goodies and catch up with cousins and play card games with them. And my parents gen will play mahjong *sigh*
Richard and I visit Syd about every 4-6 weeks. We stay at his parents place in hornsby (near mt colah)
P/s as you noticed I also have you linked :) V. Cool blog I think!

At 10:51 PM, Blogger Flatfeet said...

LOL. Hi Rach, in response to the flatfeet questions: nah, i ain't got flatfeet. Just a silly nick that's all. Oh so hubby and yourself have got flatfeet....thus, the chances of your kids will have flatfeet too! heh, talk about inheritance.People who present with flatfeet usually demonstate a fair amount of hypermobility (hyperflexibility) on their joints. To treat or not to treat depending how bad the ankles are rolling in; any joint deformity; any pain on ankles/knees/hips/back;etc....
OK, point taken on Temasek.My GP recommended their laksa but he said got no 'harms' in it.I live around the Hills.
I just came back from Aussie Day out near my place. Right now I am full of barbi smell and time for a pong pong indeed.
More babblings later!


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