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In which it was FISHPOCALYPSE

goldfish jumping off to new fishtank

I wrote about the fish yesterday and I was talking about how the tank needed cleaning and that Andie was being a deadbeat parent and then, out of the blue, FISHPOCALYPSE!!!!

 

Yup, you heard me.  Yesterday will be forever known as Fishpocalypse.  Here’s what happened:

 

I had said to Andie AGAIN that we needed to clean the tank but nobody moved and nobody did anything.  Eventually, my sister-in-law Tessa came over with Rose (my 3 year old niece) and Andie, Tessa and I were hanging out and Rose was in my office.

 

In my office is all my shit, all the toys that I keep out for Rose AND the fish tank.  The last time that Rose was here, apparently Andie showed her how the fish were fed and you can probably guess the rest.

 

So, we were all sitting in the living room and Rose seemed perfectly happy and content and sometime later the two of them left.  A few minutes later, I received a text from Tessa saying “Rose had fed the fish.”

 

Andie and I laughed about that for a few minutes and for some reason, I didn’t think anything of it.  About a half an hour later, it occurred to me that I should check on the fish and I walked into my office and HOLY SHIT!!! FISHPOCALYPSE!!!

 

The tank was opaque and an orange/brown color because Rose had poured the ENTIRE BOX OF FISHFOOD into the tank.  I yelled for Andie and she came running into the office and promptly had a heart attack.  After all, fish can die from overfeeding but mostly fish can die from having a tank full of food with absolutely not oxygen in it.

 

Andie ran and filled two containers with water while I got a strainer and we got the fish out ASAP.  Fortunately, although they looked pretty shaken up (and they hated me using the strainer), they seemed to still be alive.

 

Then we carried the orange tank into the kitchen and spent close to an hour attempting to clean out the tank, the rocks, the plants and the filter.  When I tell you it was a clogged mess I’m really telling you it was a clogged mess.

 

Finally, we got the tank “ready” and put the fish back in and there is still a bunch of food floating around in the water because it was damn near impossible to clean out the stupid little rocks.

 

Last night we were looking in the tank and I saw a long thread of stuff hanging from the side.  Next to it was another chunk.  I asked Andie what the stuff was and she said, “it’s a clump of food all stuck together” to which I responded, “so then that’s a food chain right?” and she told me I was an idiot.

 

Meanwhile, poor Gil and Herc have PTSD AGAIN and are parking themselves on the bottom of the tank asking, “what the hell happened?”

 

I guess the moral of the story is don’t have fish … or nieces … or at least don’t leave nieces unattended with the fish.  Something like that anyways.

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3 Comments

  1. Theresa
    July 16, 2013

    Ok…so it is 1:36 in the morning…My site keeps crashing, which is why I am up, and your blog popped up at its usual time, and this just made me happy. I laughed and laughed over the comedy of errors, and the fact you left a wee one unattended to play with the fish…cause you know in her little mind…that is what she was doing. Playing with the fish, and feeding them! I needed the visual and the laugh… Even at the expense of your poor tortured fish that obviously adore you….cause in this house they would have died along time ago! Carry on Lynn. Those fish are there to stay!

    • Lynn
      July 16, 2013

      hahaha…thanks Theresa!

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