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Member Name: lubyloo
Advantages: Easy to care for
We've had gold fish on and off for a number of years, when I was a uni (a long time ago!) I kept a goldfish in a bowl - it was great to have a friend to talk to - ha! They don't really grow much in a bowl and just swim round and round all day!
I remember first having fish and wondering why they looked half dead sometimes until someone told me that fish actually sleep at night! they kind of go into a semi conscious state and just float round! tropical fish can actually look dead!
When we bought our house I had a pond created and bought 3 fish, they were great, after a while of feeding them, they got used to me sitting on the side and when I fed them they'd come up and eat it and we'd have a little chat - mad I know!!
They are so versatile and can be left when you go on holiday, generally if you have a few plants in your pond that will feed them anyway and you don't need to feed them fish food much anyway. They swim about most of the day and can be seen quite often just cruising around.
We then had friends who were getting rid of a tiny pond in their new house, they hadn't seen any fish in it so just got on with emptying it only to find as they got near the bottom that there were 4 fish and a few frogs too!! we had a panicked call saying did we have room for four fish, we went round with a bucket of water and brought them back, half thinking they wouldn't make it. We had no idea how old they were but they survived with us for quite a while.
A few years later we decided to move oursleves but wanted to take our beloved fish with us! so I decided to ask a friend who had an empty pond if we could keep the fish there until the move had all gone through! First mistake - always test the water of friends ponds also! I guess we had two chances - on the one hand they'd survive and on the other they wouldn't! We took them round and aclimatised them to the pond the trouble being we think that' we'd tried to clear the water of pond weed just before putting them in and that had disturbed the water and without a pump and filter we had a call the next morning to say sorry but 5 dead fish were floating on the water!
That was a shame but we learnt some lessons. So earlier in June time this year I had my new pond built and sorted, I let it settle for about a month and then finally got the pond pump working and two weeks later because I couldn't wait any longer we went and bought four fish, they're quite expensive now! it's about £20 for four average size fish, I didn't go for the smallest thinking they'd be too young I guess ours were about 10 to 12cm. We aclimatised them to the water by gently putting the bag they were bought in, in the water to float with the fish in it. This warms the water to the same temeperature as the water in the pond. Leave them like this for a good half hour but not much longer then gently cut the bag and let them swim out.
We put netting over the pond so that no leaves or animals/birds could get at them.
I left them alone then knowing we wouldn't see them for a day or so as they hide at the bottom, I fed them a little bit of feed just to encourage them. When after a few weeks I hadn't seen one fish - not even if I crept up or looked out of an upstairs window I thought they must've been a gonner! I even looked up on the internet 'do fish alway float when they die?' because they weren't floating either. The information I found was that sometimes they don't float they can sink.
So I gave up feeding as it seemed a waste. Then just last week after the cold spell and the ice was thick, my hubby came running in to say that he'd seen four fish swimming around under the ice!! we were amazed so they had survived. I just think fish are amazing, they seem to adapt to most situations and can live quite a long time. I have since found out that it's not a good idea to cut a hole in the ice that the latest thinking is that if left alone nature takes it's course and the fish have enough oxegyn to last quite a few months. Which makes sense to me because in the wild they wouldn't have someone coming along for them to make a hole in the ice!
All in all I think fish are a great pet and they do get used to noise our last fish got used to the kids making lots of noise. They don't need masses of looking after although a pond pump is advisable just to keep the pond clean.
Summary: A great pet
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