Today didn’t start off too good. I woke up around 10am and was actually dreaming about Eggos. I have no idea why but I was wondering why my mom made them and where she got them from because over here in Australia you can’t just go and buy them at the grocery store. Despite her making them I guess she forgot how to toast shit because they were all burnt but she said I could have them (cause they were burnt). So I woke up intending to make some for myself. I have 5 sitting in the freezer from when we went to the American store the other month. That plan got thrown out the window pretty quickly though.
I thought Brendan heard me wake and was coming to say good morning. Instead I got:
“So when I got up I found Slappy and Gojo floating at the top of the tank so I took them out”.
Wtf! They were fine yesterday!
“What about the rest of the fish (The Colonel, Gritz and Levi)?”
“TAKE THEM OUT OF THE TANK!!”
Whatever happened to the two I didn’t want happening to the rest. I went and checked on them and they seemed okay. But then I checked Slappy and Gojo and just started crying my eyes out.
“WHO’S GOING TO BE EXCITED TO SEE ME IN THE MORNING!!??”
It was them. The two that always came to say hi for food. Especially Slappy. I’ve had him for almost 5 years as well. We’ve been through alot together.
But I got a bucket then put Slappy and Gojo in there hoping the new water would fix them. I got a little rod and started making air bubbles to try and give some oxygen in there but nothing seemed to work so I just went to my room and bawled my eyes out for 15 minutes.
I remembered the last time I found Slappy on his side at the top of the tank I was just about to go out to a friends place but obviously I didnt want to leave him. So I threw him in a Chinese food container and brought him with me in the car so I could monitor him and give him air throughout the night. My friends were a little weirded out by a big goldfish in a container but guess what.. He came to.
I probably stared at the two laying on their sides for 20 minutes. I just didnt get how these guys are like this but the other two weren’t. And they didn’t look dead. Just frozen. So I started making more bubbles and then I noticed a gill move on Slappy. He was trying to breathe! We kept making bubbles and eventually saw a little twitch of the fin. Unfortunately no signs with Gojo.
The manual bubble making went on for 2 hours and every minute he seemed to be getting better. At 1:15pm I noticed Slappy wasn’t responding to anything. And unfortunately he too passed.
We decided to bury them. Something seems off about throwing a fish in the trash. Especially one as big as Slappy. He’s the size of my hand. I know we eat fish and throw bones out but this was a pet. They had names and now that I think about it I feel alittle strange about eating fish that way.
I currently have the other 3 fish in a smaller tank just so I can watch them better. Gritz looks pale and isn’t the vibrant orange he usually is so I’m definitely keeping an eye on him. Everyone else seems fine.
But this really wasn’t a good way to start the new year off.