Yesterday we adopted two needy fish from the fish aquarium at Wal-Mart – 23 cents a piece.
Unfortunately for these new adoptees, I have a checkered history with fish, our last one got the dreaded fin rot disease and was flushed. Too bad we never changed the water... Fortunately for my fish-loving children "all drain lead to the ocean" (Source: Nemo). If all drains lead to the ocean, what about the toilet?
So my experience with fish is that they die. With this in mind, my 9 year old asked me how long they fish would live. I gave him a range of 3 weeks to 3 years. After a little research I found that my projection of life expectancy was way off. Apparently goldfish can live for up to 40 years!!!! It must be true if it’s in Wikipedia...
"Goldfish may grow to a maximum length of 23 inches (59 cm) and a maximum weight of 9.9 pounds (4.5 kg), although this is rare; most individual goldfish grow to under half this size. In optimal conditions, goldfish may live more than 40 years; however, most household goldfish generally only live six to eight years.
I never knew that goldfish were such a commitment. Anyway. I'm shooting for 6-9 months and we are good.
Back to Wal-Mart. So we are walking through the store and I'm carrying the fish in the bag. The kids have decided that I need to carry the new acquisitions because they were afraid that if the bag were to shake too much, they would die. (Source, Nemo: Shaking Bag Scene in Dentist Office). My lovely wife begins to worry about the fish getting too cold while walking from the store to the car. Come on family, they are just fish…they were born to die. Born to be eaten. And I guess born to be decorative.
We make it home without killing the fish. The next morning I check for belly-up fish (Another Nemo citation) and to my surprise, they are alive! Now the boys are sleeping with the Fishes.