Nine years ago, I had the idea to turn the downstairs bathtub into an indoor koi pond. I decided this in December, and it’s hard to purchase koi in this part of the world at that time of year, and I wasn’t sure it would work anyway. So I went to the pet store, bought a pond filter, a bunch of gravel, and some 12 cent feeder goldfish.
Thirty or so feeder fish later, I ended up with a stable tank, and five fish. Three years ago, Big Red contracted a mysterious illness and passed away. But a few days ago, the unthinkable happened….
While cleaning the tub, I dislodged the plug and created a leak. This meant that the water was exchanged much more rapidly than the fish are accustomed to. Unfortunately, Mohican and Houdini did not survive the shock. It seems as though Mutt-n-Jeff and Noname are okay.
I feel horribly responsible. (Well, because I am responsible….they didn’t clean their own tank.) But I am trying to console myself with the fact that they had pretty good lives. Nine years is a long time for a 12-cent feeder fish to live. And I don’t know any other fish have as many friends as these guys do–everybody that uses the downstairs bathroom stops to play and talk with them.
So, since some of them have survived the fishtastrophe, I guess I’ll be going back to the pet store to get them some little buddies. Any suggestions for names would be welcome. (I’m already thinking one of them will be Gilligan.)