Post # 1
Back in December of 09 we went to the local super market and for the first time my little boy said the word “fish”. Being a proud momma, I let him get the whole .10 cents worth of a goldfish. Figuring it was going to die within the week.
This little goldfish who goes by the name Teddy (which is the same name as our dog, but its the only thing my kid will call it) is STILL alive today. This thing started out on top of a dresser in my sons room but was quickly moved out of there when little Seth thought Teddy was able to come out of the water to play. Teddy somehow survived “playtime”. Teddy:1 Death:0
We moved acrossed state where Teddy got to ride upfront in the moving truck with Mr.Flipflops and Mr.flipflops’ flat screen. (Which Mr.flipflops calls his “second” baby) Miss.flipflops drove the car and screaming 2 year old behind. Teddy survived the move. Teddy:2 Death:0
Went on a 5 day trip that Teddy sadly could not go on. Teddy didn’t get food for 5 days. Teddy was still kickin when we got home. Teddy:3 Death:0
I’m really starting to become attached to this little goldfish. It could be the fact that I’m the only one who actually takes care of the thing. I’m thinkin he might have a few more years left in him. We’ll see….
Post # 3
haha, I love your story. Yes, my family has a similar story with a goldfish. My little brothers wanted a goldfish, so we got two. One passed away not long after, so we got another one. That one passed away too. After about 5 goldfish, we now have one, very large, goldfish who has excaped all odds and lived a very long and happy life.
Post # 4
I volunteered at a fun fair once and at the end of the day there were 2 fish left from the goldfish game, I asked if I could take them home and that was ok’ed. I was 15 at the time, and I ended up taking them both to my University residence with me a few years later.
Fig & Newton died at separate times over my undergrad, but still….who knew?
Post # 5
great story- when I was 7 I won 2 gold fish at a carnival and they lived for 9 years and probably only died because of a long trip. good luck keeping Teddy alive!
Post # 6
I won a goldfish at the fair when i was a teenager, and kept in a hard plastic drinking cup feeding it crushed up crackers for about 2 years. I got attached and finally bought it a bowl and put him in there. The next morning …. belly up. Sometimes they are resilient.
Post # 7
A girl I went to elementary school with got a goldfish at a fair in first grade and it was still kicking by the time we all left in sixth grade. It got so big that they transferred it to the school’s nature pond area when it was built.
Post # 8
I got a goldfish from the store when I was little, one of the cheap goldfish in the tank with a million others. I picked the right fish. It lived in my bedroom for 18 years, even after I went off to college. My mom kept taking care of it and when he died, we had a funeral for him and buried him in the yard under a fish statue.
Post # 9
My friends and i got a gold fish as a joke for one ours friends new apartment so he wouldnt be loney that was back in 2002 he passed away at the end of last year…it was sad…the tank was as big as him (a 10 gallon tank) we tried a bigger tank and yea he didnt like it and got sick so we put him back in his old tank…that fish was huge. we never named it but it of course was fed plenty of beer and liquor…man i miss that fish lol.
Post # 10
Haha. Go Teddy! Yeah we had one for like 4 years growing up. He lost to the cat. :/
Post # 11
Haha thats hilarous! I had a beta fish that lasted like 2 years, but never a goldfish
Post # 12
I have a goldfish, Tiberius, that I’ve had for 2.5 years. He seems to be going strong! When I go on long trips, I buy those 10 day feeder tablets that you just drop in the bowl, just FYI in case you go on a long trp in the future and don’t want your fish to die.
Post # 13
My childhood goldfish (2 of them) lived for three years, I think. What finally did them in was that my mom put their bowl on our back deck while she was cleaning the house, and they sat outside in the sun for several hours in the summer. I asked if I could take them, but she thought the fresh air would be good for them (plus I doubt she was done deep cleaning). Water got too hot… fishies went belly up. 🙁
I was mad at her for a long time over it, hah. Obviously not anymore.
Post # 14
I’ve had goldfish and betta live to be a couple years old, that’s when I didn’t know how to take care of fish and the tank was green and filled with algae.. They were tough little buggers.. They died when I finally cleaned the tank haha.
My last betta “Fred” lived to almost 2 years, and survived: my cat constantly trying to paw at it, two moves, not eating for 4 days, a new bigger fish tank.. Similar to Teddy. But he got sick at the end and had a disease and didn’t do well 🙁
So yeah it is true that more fish are resilient than others. When we bought this house it came with a goldfish since it had a built in aquarium in the wall.. and it’s still kicking.
We bought many fish for it since its a 20 gallon, and I have killed quite a few fish since I am still learning how to take care of a proper tank and watch its PH levels and such… So right now its affectionately called “Tank of Death”
Post # 15
Not me personally, but I have a friend who won a goldfish at the fair and it lasted for almost 8 years… it got huge and lived in a pond outside. It even survived going down her little brothers pants and many other tragic events haha.
Post # 16
Goldfish ARE super resilient – they will live in REALLY dirty water and put up with not being fed all that often (I know because as a teenager I was a bad, bad goldfish owner).
The one thing that almost always kills them is water issues – either changing the pH in it by using water that hasn’t been treated or by changing them to new water that hasn’t acheieved the same temperature.
Really cute story!