Friday, May 24, 2013

New Fish Pond

A couple of months ago, we added a goldfish to our family of pets. My daughter named her Goldeen after the Pokemon. We acquired Goldeen as a sort of spur of the moment deal and got her a fishbowl until I could get her into a larger aquarium.

Goldeen's old home.

Well, the time finally came for Goldeen to move out of her bowl and into a much roomier living space. I felt bad seeing her swim around in such a tiny little bowl and got to thinking of how I could make her more comfy.

Some of you know that my family owns a plant nursery here in Texas. I live on the same property as the nursery. They sell Lily Pads, although their stock is a bit diminished right now. They keep the Lily's in these big plastic tubs. I went searching for an extra tub and found one. I cleaned it up, put some pea gravel rocks in the bottom and added some lily pads. My daughter and I added some water and the necessary water purifier for the new "tank". I put it in her garden that she planted earlier this spring.

Goldeen right before entering the new pond.

Lily pad flower in bloom.

Then, we went and picked up some new fishy friends for Goldeen, 3 more comet tail goldfish. I offered to get some fancy Ryukin or Shubunkin goldfish for Lily, but she said no. So we just got the regular ol' comet tail goldfish that cost 28 cents each.

When I put the new fish in, Goldeen seemed more eager to swim around with her new friends. My next goal was to find a fountain or something to aerate the water with. My dad said he had at least 6 extra pumps laying around and fixed me up something with this extra fountain he had.

I was rather upset later on to find that the pump had caught one of the fish in it and of course they died. :( And out of all the fish, it had to be Goldeen. Very sad and frustrating that the little fish that I did all this for died because of a little mistake. I just assumed my dad knew what he was doing and it never crossed my mind that the pump might suck one of the fish up.

The other fish - Zack, Magikarp, and Lucy - are doing well. I've fixed the pump so that there can be no more incidents... Here's a video of the remaining fish enjoying their dinner in the new fish pond.


And yes, I am able to tell them all apart! Goldeen was small and all gold, Lucy is gold and white, Zack is all gold and big, and Magikarp is gold, black, and white. 

21 comments:

  1. Sometimes the best intentions go haywire. Poor little Goldeen...over the Rainbow Bridge, or maybe she swam under it? Good luck with the remaining crew - bet your daughter loves it!

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    1. It seems that way for me lately anyways. She's probably swimming under the rainbow bridge with lots of other fishy friends :)

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  2. Welcome Goldeen. Her new home looks fabulous.

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  3. Well, sorry to hear about poor Goldeen... but what a cool project!

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    1. Thanks Sue. I guess it's my first try at one of these.

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  4. Poor sweetie, but she really was loved.

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  5. As a child, my biped won a goldfish at the fair. They started with a bowl for it and decided that wasn't large enough and it looked lonely. So they ended up with an aquarium and quite a few fish!

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    1. I'd love an indoor aquarium with lots of fish, but don't really have the space for it or the money. One day I will though! :)

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  6. sorry about Goldeen,but I have Tagged you so please come and play with me,xx Speedy

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  7. I know it may sound silly, but I'm sad for Goldeen's loss. I wish she could have enjoyed all your hard work a little longer!

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    1. I don't think it's silly! I know she's "just a fish", but I had really tried to give her an awesome new home so it's kind of frustrating =/ I've been having "animal troubles" lately it seems.

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  8. Oh poor Goldeen she had no luck with her new home. But I'm glad her friends are well - it's interesting to watch fishies :o)

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  9. Awww poor Goldeen! The pond is really cute! Does Shiner try to catch the fish? ;)

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    1. No lol... she probably doesn't even know they exist! She does drink out of it though.

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  10. Awwwww. Didn't know this was going to be a sad story... :} Like the idea of her swimming *under* the R.Bridge.

    The pond is cute. Hope the other 3 are long-lived!

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  11. Sounds like a sad fishy story! At our house the cats would take care of the fish in no time, so no fish here!

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  12. We have a tropical tank and have lost many a fish to daddy's mistakes! Poor Goldeen xx

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    1. Ah lol... well now maybe I won't feel so bad!

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