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Wednesday, August 15, 2007


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Sorry for the loss, Bradbury's. Perhaps it was the loud, supersonic volume from all the 'Guitar-Hero' songs playing over the weekend that did him in. ;)

So, as the blog title suggests... are you replacing said dead carny fish guitar hero victim, or was that just for rhyming purposes?

Against my better judgement, I got 4 such carnival fish for my kids (then 3 and 5). One died. We had a funeral and it made my older kid sad. I replaced it. When the next three died I sureptitiously replaced them. When those died, I did it again, and so on.

Now we have 2 fish (the gradually diminishing numbers don't seem to trouble the kids).

I affectionately call these two fish 9 and 10.

Then there's the story about the dime-store (dating myself I know) turtle that died. The dad arranged a funeral with a little matchbox for a coffin. By the time they went out to dig the hole, the turtle started to crawl again.

Of course the dad said, "That's nice, now we don't need to have the funeral."

The response? "Can't we kill him?"

@alan, yep - a new fish will probably replace the one that died.

When I was a kid I buried my pet turtle one winter because it died. A few years later I read that turtles hibernate. Oops.

As for goldfish, you need to be careful of tap water, it often contains chemicals that can kill fish. Fortunately pet stores sell a chemical to help neutralize the worst of them. If you don't have a filter and aerator you can get a small one at a pet store also. You used the term bowl rather than tank, so I presumed you don't filter.

Google "fish tank" and "tap water" to get an idea of the problem.

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