Amanda Hocking

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RIP Figaro & Delaney

September 29th, 2012 by
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Sometimes my worst fears come true. Like that time that I had a nightmare that Inception didn’t come with audio commentary by Christopher Nolan, and then when it came out, it didn’t have audio commentary. (The dream entailed me looking at the DVD, becoming enraged, putting it in, and then scrolling the Special Features menu and swearing with a Hans Zimmer playing.)

One thing I have legitimately been afraid is cleaning a fish tank. Not because it’s scary, but because one time, my friend had these goldfish named Kyle & Steve, and I liked them a lot. She had them for a couple years, and then the last time she cleaned their fish tank, they got really sick and died. And every since then, I’ve been terrified of owning fish, because they’re tricky and they can die if the water is the wrong tempature or has too much chlorine or the pH is off or just something is off and you don’t even know what it is, and then you can’t do anything.

But I got goldfish in May of last year, because I really like goldfish. Their names were Figaro & Delaney.

Here’s a video I made the day I got them:

They ended moving into a different tank shortly after that, because that one was too small. But they quickly outgrew the second tank too, and then they moved into their third tank about six months ago.

On Thursday, I cleaned their tank. I’m not sure what I did wrong, but I definitely did something, because within an hour they were both acting funny. I tried many different things to save them, but they both died with 12 hours of me cleaning the tank.

So RIP Delaney & Figaro. You were very cute, and I enjoyed your company, and how excited you got when I fed you.

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  • Melody Scott says:

    My little son won a goldfish at a traveling fair when he was six. We had no experience with fish, but put him in tap water in a huge wine goblet on the sink board. No sand, no air, no fish houses, no nothing but glass, water and fish.
    We changed his water by running the tap into his goblet and letting it displace the dirty stuff and leave the clean water.
    My neighbor had the works–water filters, air filters, clean sand and coral, shells, and an assortment of betas, neons, goldfish, etc.
    She sat at our counter one day and said she’d spent a fortune on all the stuff for her fish and they all died in about two weeks. Our fish had none of the accoutrements and lived a year in its hostile environment. You just never know about fish DNA.

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  • Delaney & Figaro were beautiful! I’ve lost lots of fish over the years. It’s heartbreaking! If you find yourself in this position again try to keep the fish in at least half the original water, even if it’s cloudy. And don’t worry about getting all the mess out of the gravel because that mess contains healthy bacteria. Adding an extra filter will usually clear the tank.

  • I am extremely sorry for your loss. I remember having goldfish as a child and they passed away for similar reasons. Losing a pet, regardless of what it is, is never fun. Take care.

  • I’m really sorry to hear that your fishies died. 🙁 May they rest in peace.

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  • That sounds like me with fish, but may they rest in peace. :’-(

  • Ksenia Anske says:

    Awww…. poor fishies. RIP. Hugs to you, Amanda.