Sunday, September 29, 2002

There is a great disturbance in the fish.

Its not a good night for my fish, apparently. I was sitting at my computer playing the Sims, when I happened to glance over at my big fish tank. My small goldfish was acting kind of weird, so I went over to investigate. He was acting like he was trying to spit something out, and upon closer examination, I discovered that he had somehow sucked in a small rock from the bottom of the tank, and couldn’t spit it back out. I started freaking out, because if he didn’t get it out, I was pretty sure he was going to die. I called mom in, and we watched him for about 10 minutes, feeling completely helpless, because what can you really do in that situation? Finally, after what seemed like forever, he managed to spit it out, and there was much rejoicing! It was then that I noticed the funky white stuff.

On the bottom of the tank, near the cave, was some flimsy looking white stuff I couldn’t identify. At first it looked like soggy fishy food, but then I saw it was a bit more solid. On a whim, I decided to check on my sucker fish, Picasso. He spends a lot of time in the cave, so I used a long tube to lift the edge of the cave—Picasso wasn’t inside, but… (this is where things get disturbing)…

His bones were.

Are you cringing yet? Now, I’m sure I saw him just a couple of days ago. Can a fish really decompose that quickly? (Um, I guess the obvious answer is yes, huh?) I’m very freaked out by the fact that not only did I not know he was dead, but that he actually decomposed in the tank! Eeeeek! His death wasn’t much of a surprise- he was 8 years old, but this has got to be the weirdest fish death ever.

Now, as if all of that isn’t enough, Bogart seems to have a swim bladder infection. You can tell they have this because when they fall asleep, they float to the top of the tank on their sides, almost as if they are dead. I gave Bogey some of the medicine that worked on Figment last year, and put in some aquarium salt for good measure. Then I put aquarium salt in ALL my tanks, because at this point, I’m not taking any chances!

Someone save me from this bad fish karma!

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