Friday, July 17, 2009

R.I.P little orange one.

Our goldfish, Goldie, is no longer with us.

And it's all my fault.

On Wednesday night I noticed that her water was a getting murky. It had been two weeks since I had changed it last, so it was time.

As I was measuring the water temp while I filled up the bowl, I was wondering to myself, do I normally get the water to 74 degrees, 76 degrees or 78 degrees? I couldn't remember even though I had just changed her water two weeks ago.

I think to myself that 78 degrees will do just fine. (I later learn from my husband that we normally do between 68 - 72. Uh-oh!)

I put her back in the fresh water and watched as she darted around. She is always so excited to be in a bowl of fresh water that she normally darts around for a couple of hours.

But after about 1 minute of darting she stopped. She would occasionally float to the top for air and then back to the bottom where she would just sit.

Hmmmm, I thought, something isn't right.

I called Dan in for a consult. I had forgotten the chemicals you are supposed to put in after you replace the water so we quickly put those in.

But that didn't help.

We went to bed expecting the worst but she was still alive the next morning. She was barely moving though so I knew she wasn't long for this world.

After the kids woke up I told them that Goldie was probably about to die. Peter got mad at me for cleaning the bowl and for causing it. Sarah didn't seem too concerned one way or the other.

And sure enough, later on that afternoon, she was gone.

Sarah got excited and asked if "we could flush it?!" (She's just like me in this respect. She doesn't get attached to things very easily.)

Peter got upset at this idea and wanted to know if we could bury it. (He's exactly like Dan. He wants to keep anything he's every owned as nearby as possible.)

They bickered for a bit but when my husband got home he decided that Goldie would be great fertilizer for the garden so that's where she is resting right now.

And no, there was no little shoe-box coffin. There was no eloquent eulogy spoken as she was being placed beneath the tomato plants. And no, there were no tears, just requests for another fish or a dog from the shelter.

Looks like we will be heading back to Wal-Mart this weekend for another 37 cent fish.

And my husband will be in charge of any and all water changes because I can't have the blood of another goldfish on my hands!

15 comments:

He & Me + 3 said...

Oh no...poor goldie. I can't keep anythiing alive around here...except the kids. That is why I am avoiding the whole dog conversation.

Mari said...

We have a few goldfish buried outside by a tree too. The kids couldn't stand the thought of flushing them!

Kimberly said...

When we moved into our house in 2005, we bought several fish (platys) and they died within a week. Luckily I saved my reciept and took them back to Petsmart. They will take back dead fish if they die within a certain number of days. We exchanged them for some Tetras and those guys lasted until April of this year! Perhaps try that kind. Walmart sells Tetras too.

Kimberly said...

When we moved into our house in 2005, we bought several fish (platys) and they died within a week. Luckily I saved my reciept and took them back to Petsmart. They will take back dead fish if they die within a certain number of days. We exchanged them for some Tetras and those guys lasted until April of this year! Perhaps try that kind. Walmart sells Tetras too.

Christy said...

That's my rule at our house too...Daddy cleans the fish bowl. The kids would think I killed the fish on purpose because I don't want to have to deal with cleaning the bowl. Sorry for your loss. lol

Wendy said...

RIP Goldie. Hey, maybe you'll have some really good tomatoes and have her/him to thank!

Jennifer @ Taking My Time said...

I've nearly killed every goldfish we've ever owned because of those stinkin chlorine drops! The fish would slowly float on his side...and I would quickly put them in and he would be ok. My husband still makes fun of me for it!

Denise said...

God bless dear Goldie.

Jaina said...

You're braver than me. I think I'd kill a fish just on accident by running into the table or something and knocking the bowl over.

Corey~living and loving said...

I'm sorry for your loss. :( poor little fish.

Lee and Beth said...

Oh, no. Poor Goldie. Hope Replacement Fish fares better. For some reason, though, Goldfish are hard to keep alive. Good thing their cheap, huh? :)

jennwa said...

Goldie will be missed. OK maybe not.

Debbie said...

Fish are harder to keep than we realize! Sorry about Goldie.

Momisodes said...

Oh no!

Poor widdle fishy.

Rebekah said...

Aww- poor little Goldie. (and mommy too)