Oct. 08.

Waffle Wednesday: There’s Something In The Water

ww-fish-thOkay, I may as well say it now. This is not a post about Irish Water or water charges. I’m not going to get involved in that discussion. Instead I am going to talk about something else in the water. Something moving, something swimming. Something fishy.

Years ago, as I child I remember keeping a pet goldfish. He was won at the fair, and was put into a pudding bowl of water, expecting only to last a week with him. He lasted several years. Then someone gave the family a gift of a large, 4 foot long fish tank, lights, stand, the works. Just add fish. So we did, and at maximum capacity we had 24 fish of different colours, shapes and sizes. Again we had the fish for years quite happily, until somehow the tank got chipped, leaked and the fish died. And that was that, until recently.


Lir, the Lionhead Ranchu

I had been thinking about keeping fish again for a while. For one, I find it incredibly soothing to watch fish. I could spend hours staring at them, watching them do their thing, and be content doing it (both me and the fish). It is also a great way of learning about the management of them. Childhood me was wrong about just putting a fish in a bowl of tap water it seems. There are so many procedures to work through to get everything set up before you even think about fish. But I found myself a tank, the right equipment, water additives and decorations, set them up, and a few days later got some fish.


Poseidon, The Fantail Goldfish

In adding fish to the tank I went for three species, a Lionhead Ranchu, which is like a golf ball with no fin on his back and a flowing tail, and two fantail goldfish, which are like normal goldfish, except a little fatter and they have a double tail. These were called Lir, Poseidon and Amphitrite, after Gods and Goddesses of the sea.


Amphitrite, The Fantail Goldfish

Then there was 6 White Cloud Mountain Minnows, which look like little silver streaks, with vibrant red tails. There was no way I was going to be able to tell them apart, so I just collectively called them the Minions, as a play on words of minnow, and as they were going to be under control of the Goldfish Gods.


The (White Cloud Mountain) Minions

Or so I thought. Things didn’t work out that way. I am not sure whether it was through poor quality fish, or poor set up and care on my part, but Lir, the Ranchu, died within 36 hours. Poseidon and Amphitrite followed between one and two days later. It was gutting to think that as a clueless kid, I kept goldfish quite happily in a bowl of tap water, but when I try to do things properly, things turned into a disaster. I was fortunate enough that where I got the goldfish from offered me a credit note for them (and a lecture on how I must be doing things wrong) but it was still not a pleasant experience.

Unfortunately too, I lost one of the Minions around the same time, but I believe that was accidental where the poor thing swam into the base of a decorative plant and got stuck. By the time I found him again the next day it was too late. Since then though things have settled down, the remaining 5 minions have settled in, and yesterday, just under two weeks after the disaster I was able to add in a few more fishy friends, in the form of 6 Zebra Danios, which “look like the stripy toothpaste” as blogger and fish lover Amy from Red Lips; Red Hair put it. They’ve come to be known as The Herd (zebras come in herds, and that’s enough logic for me).

It is good to see some life in the tank again, as while it is a fairly modest desktop tank, the fish are only small too. The Herd add a lot of playfulness to the tank, as they can always be seen chasing each other, or the Minions around. Feeding time too is a joy to watch, as once the food hits the water the whole lot explode into action, leading to a minute of total craziness before they start settling down again. Below is a video of feeding time if you don’t believe me!

Do you, or have you kept fish? Are you more of a furry four legged, eight legged or snake fan? Please do let me know!


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  • As you know I have my boy Ozzy but I also have a big tank with 3 fish in it! Started with 7 but we lost 4….these 3 have survived the past two and a half years now though and show no signs of giving up on me! I got them after a spate of serious heart problems in Keith’s side of the family. I’d read that people with fish tanks were 60% less likely to have heart attacks. It may well be a load of old tosh but I felt better about things knowing we had them! I also love to sit and watch them myself, there’s something strangely calming about watching them :) hope the rest of your fish fair a little better than the ones you lost xx

    • Watching fish is calming. My tank is only a little 25 litre one, but it is always on the end of my desk and I get distracted by turning to see what is going on. We seem to be through the danger zone with them now, so hopefully these ones will be happy for a few years xx And as the video shows feeding time is lots of fun. Crazy, but fun :-)

  • Fish are equally as cute as cats or dogs. They’re great pets and they’re relaxing to boot.

    The more we talk about fishies, the more I want more of them 😀

  • I have to admit, I am not a fish person. We did have fish when I was a child, just two, but I had no real interest in them. I do remember going to the house of my sister’s friend Stephen and his family had an AMAZING huge, illuminated tank full of all types of fish – and it was very soothing to watch them. A GP waiting room in Leitrim has a big fish tank too, I always thought it was a nice idea. My son came home from a fair 2 years ago with a goldfish in a little tank, but he only lasted a few weeks so we haven’t gotten any since. If he shows an interest in getting some more, then I would, otherwise I don’t think I would be able to give them the attention they deserve!

    • If you are not a fan of them, then of course it’s not really something you would want to invest a lot of time and energy in.

      The big, properly laid out and lit aquariums can be AMAZING to look at though. I may have to visit the aquarium in Bray at some point.

  • This post reminded me of my twin goldfish Jessica and Elizabeth (I know, massive Sweet Valley High fan) that I got for my ninth birthday. They died within 24 hours of each other and I only had them a few days. I wouldn’t let my dad flush them down the toilet so he buried them in our garden and I could still tell you the exact spot. Loved those little fishies I did! :(

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