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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Figaro & Delaney

As you may have heard (or most likely, as you have not heard), my fish - Bruce & Wayne - died. I'm not entirely sure why they died, but Bruce had gotten black marks on his fins, so I think it may have been some kind of ick or fungus or something like that.

But I will not be detered on my quest to have pets that are fish that don't die. So I went out and got all new stuff - new rocks, new tank, the works. My other tank was a hand-me-down from my mom, and I'm not sure if there was some kind of bacteria in there. To be safe, I thought I should start from scratch.

I also got lots of fish medicine, so if the fish do get sick, I'm on top of it. And I got a goldfish owner's manual. I set up the tank the yesterday, because it told me I should let the tank sit for 24-hours before adding fish.

Today I got my new fish. One is a calico goldfish, and the other is a fantail goldfish. They are pretty, and they will live forever.

Here is a short film I made about them:

Also, I made a trailer for Virtue the other day. If you haven't seen it, here it is: watch.

And I want to thank Daniel Arenson for his guest post last week and everybody for chiming in. Dragons are fun. Especially Falcor.


  1. Good music in the background and it definitely drew me in.

  2. Hi Amanda, your fish are very pretty! It's been awhile since I had a fish, Sharkbait left a hole inside of me when he went away :( Virtue looks great and I can't wait to read it!

  3. Love the new book trailer, love the fish video. Reminds me of the two chickens I had. Named "Fried and Barb-Q". Yes they died too. And no I didn't kill and eat them. They lived rich old lives on the farm. But I was determined to have farm animal and that was the extent of my farming. Living in the city now and it's much easier to go to the petting zoo. Lol

  4. Very lovely :) Congratulations to Figaro on being an Esquire!

    Since they're goldfish, they are incredibly dirty fish. Have you considered a slightly larger tank? Your new one also seems small.

    Funny story, my brothers have fish. One has fish that have been alive for years. The other ones loses them every other month or so. The room? The type of fish? We can't figure it out.

    Sorry to hear about Bruce and Wayne - I'm rooting for Figaro and Delaney! (Great names!)

    YA: Cheat, Liar, Coward (5-18)
    Adult: Shackled

  5. Whatever you do, don't let anyone talk you into using distilled water. Poor fishies suffocate :-(

  6. Congrats! I have three goldfish! :)

    I agree with J.E. Medrick about the tank size. The rule of thumb is 3 gallons for each inch of fish. So if you have two goldfish that are 4 inches in length, you need a tank closer to 30 gallons. I have the same problem (small tank, three fish) and it's something I wish the pet store told me about first. Because they didn't, I have to be religious about changing the water and testing the chemicals to keep the nitrate level healthy. Goldfish are some the highest waste producing fish out there.

    Those black marks may have been burn marks from too much nitrates in your water. It happened to one of my fish at the very beginning while the tank was still cycling. Luckily, 50% water changes and aggressive chemical checking brought things back to normal and the fish survived.

    Good luck! Fish are a ton of work, but worth it.

  7. Good luck with the fish. My wife and I had two betas die on us before we got a third who survived.

    To make it less depresing, we gave all three the same name: Delirium, in honor of the Sandman character.

    The third fish died on my 30th birthday.

  8. They're beautiful! :)

    Fish breeder and former aquarium store employee, here. If your previous tank was about the same size, that may have been the problem. Goldfish produce even more waste than most fish, so their water quality goes downhill FAST in a small tank. They end up basically being poisoned by their own waste or becoming susceptible to infection. I would really recommend putting these guys in about a 30 gallon aquarium. They'll thrive in their fishy mansion and you'll have plenty of space for pretty coral decorations :)

  9. May Figaro and Delaney live forever. And may the Vikings get the stadium done in Arden Hills.

  10. that was cute.. good choice in music. : )

  11. Nice co-ordination to the music and movement of the fishes.

  12. when I was in high school my parents bought me 5 fancy looking goldfishes that lived almost 10's all about having a medium to large sized aquarium and buying a top of the line filter.....hit me up if you need any help through fb (click on my name here on my comment) good luck!

  13. Your fish are cute, long may they live! :)

  14. I was tired of constantly mourning my fish and recently switched to African Dwarf Frogs instead(bought them at a Hallmark store...go figure).

    We are three months in and going strong.

    They tend to eat their own shed, but we all have bad habits.

  15. Amanda,

    My wife suggested that you just keep giving your new fish the sames names over and over again, that way it'll feel like they've been around for a long time. I guess that's one way to do it :)