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Monday, 16 March 2015

Fish and Things

Oscar's fish tank sprung a leak and we found ourselves setting up a new tank and moving an almost foot long fish at midnight on Thursday night.



Actually that's part of the reason I didn't get a post up for you on Friday, I was just too tired for blogging and because I'd already said I may not always get posts up on Friday I figured that was okay.

The last time we moved Oscar he was only about 2 inches long. To move him this time we needed to catch him. He's a big boy and it's not that easy to gently move a big fish that doesn't want to be moved. He's super fast too.

The first thing we did was drop the water level and set up his temporary lodgings, we used the water from his current tank to fill the smaller tank.

This meant Oscar had a lot less water to swim around in and he couldn't do any crazy vertical manoeuvres to avoid us.

The first time we got him in a container he thrashed around and jumped out. The second time he was a bit more tired and we did everything slower. He didn't struggle until we had a lid on the container and it was halfway to the new tank.

Despite his attempts to escape we got him into the emergency tank without incident.  I can tell you two feet never felt so far!

Oscar was none to impressed with the relocation to a smaller tank but there was nothing else to be done and we managed not to flood our house overnight.  For reference, his big tank is bigger then the average bathtub. I didn't stop to take photos, it was already well past our bed time when we found the leak. These are old photos from last year, I'm sure his gotten bigger since then.


However, what that whole process meant was that I had to find a suitable container for the relocation in the first place.

The best container for the job had to be big enough to fit Oscar but small enough to fit out the sections at the top of his tank without tipping the container on it's sides. The only container we had that fit that description was full of yarn and stuff.

Let me ask you what would you do at midnight with a heap of crafty things that had to be emptied somewhere in a hurry?

Well what I did was tip it onto the cutting table, my cutting table that was already covered in sewing project stuff. Maybe not the smartest thing I've ever done, but at midnight I really didn't care.


Luckily, the cats didn't destroy any of it, the container is finally clean and dry and all the goodies are ready to go back in.

Yes, that's the box right there. He only just fit in. Poor Oscar he didn't like being moved and I don't blame him one bit.




20 comments:

  1. Whew! That sounded like a lot of work. Glad you got it sorted.

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    1. Now we have to figure out what to do. Try and fix the tank or rehome him. We can't afford a new tank right now.

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  2. Sounds like both you and Oscar had quite a midnight adventure!

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    1. Not an adventure I want to relive any time soon!

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  3. Fish, I have discovered, are considerably more complicated than you might think. They also grow like crazy. That is one big fish! Well done for surviving the crisis.

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    1. We knew what we were getting into when got an Oscar, we just never considered what would happen with a leaking tank!

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  4. I never thought of fish as having a character but that second photo of Oscar looking so cross might indicate they actually do!
    Thank you so much for adding your fishy tale to #AnimalTales :)

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    1. Oscar's are the brainiacs of the aquarium world. He definitely has a personality and he can quite impatient! An Oscar fish (that's what they'r called, our name for him just didn't stick) are the closest to dog a fish can get - if that makes any sense.

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  5. Well done on rescuing the situation, Oscar is such a great name for him! #Animaltales

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    1. We originally had a different name for him but it never stuck.

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  6. Lucas says - I am so pleased Oscar is OK and MEGA Mummy points to you for helping Oscar - he looks a HUGE fish!! I have three fish; Darth Vadar, Ben-10 and Steven but they're a lot smaller :0 #animaltales

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    1. I'd love to meet your fish Lucas.

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  7. If looks could kill! What an absolute character! Love him! This is why I'm a vegetarian, I see personalities on every living creature. I hadn't heard of an Oscar fish and am off to read about them as they look fascinating.

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  8. Popping over from Totally Terrific Tuesday =) I didn't know you had fish?! I do too! We have 3 tanks in our house. I should blog about them more... Glad you got him to safety. I dread fish tank problems...

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    1. We used to have guppies and mollies, a knife fish, goldfish out in the pond and some angel fish. We realised we weren't set up for breading angel fish and we asked the fish shop if they would swap them for an oscar. We slowly phased out the others over time and now it's just oscar (in the mollie tank! ) and the lillypads in the pond. It's so much easier with just one fish but I would like to do other fishes some day.
      Established fish tanks rarely have problems unless they're brought in from plants or new fish or equipment failure. A leaking tank was never on my list of things that could go wrong. I've been wondering about your fishes - hint hint - fish blog post pls.

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  9. Lucky Oscar that he has you :)

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    1. I wonder if he thinks that now he's in a little tank :/

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  10. This post made me miss my Betta, Elvis. :( Thanks for sharing with us at Totally Terrific Tuesday!

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    1. Betta's are one of my favourites! I totally understand why you would miss him.

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