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Old 05-12-2011, 07:43 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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im sat watching my "just a fish" play chase with my almost 8 week old kitten...
they may be "only fish" but i have no doubt they think and feel and have personalities, no reason they shoudl have to die for being "just fish"

so i personally, as a fishy enthusiast, want to thank you for taking the time to check and want to do something to help! most people would have just ignored the situation based on the fact there 'just fish"
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Between Seattle and Portland
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You're welcome, Foxy!

Our local SPCA claims its volunteers are swamped right now with abandoned cats and dogs due to the horrible economy, so I told them not to worry about it and that I would try the minnow traps suggested.

Oh, yeah, "just fish" and their aquarium mates are surprising! A friend said her aquarium snail learned that, when she tapped on the glass, food pellets would appear in the water and to hustle up the side of the aquarium to try to snare one before it fell down to the gravel.

And, as an aside, I always loved that story I read several years ago about a bee researcher who wanted to track how far the bees would forage. So he moved their hive 20 feet every day. By the fourth day, the bees en masse were WAITING for him at the 20-foot mark where he was going to move it next. Very cool!
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Between Seattle and Portland
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I wanted to let those of you who have followed my little story know about the happy ending.

The abandoned fish refused to cooperate with the minnow trap, so my poor hubby got down on his hands and knees and bailed out the whole stagnant koi pond with a bucket! As the water level fell to below where the fish could hide in the rocks, he was able to net them one by one and put them in the bucket: 6 small brown ones and one four-inch-long orange "goldfish." Raccoons and/or herons either got the other small ones or they died and became the only food in the pond for the survivors.

He drove them to a local pond owner who offered sanctuary, and my hubby said it was really heartening to ease them into the water and then watch them regroup in the reeds by the water's edge. After a bit of hesitation, they followed their orange leader out into the deeper water and into their new life.
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Old 06-10-2011, 10:01 AM
 
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What a nice, happy ending! I would have done the same, poor fish. That was a small pond too, I doubt they were getting enough to eat. I feed my goldies every day, and they know when it's feeding time, they wait for me.
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Old 06-10-2011, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Texas
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This is a great story.
I love how you cared and did something about it!
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Old 06-10-2011, 07:03 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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what a lovely result! takes a special person to do what you and your hubby did for "just fish"
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Old 06-10-2011, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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Yay, I am glad you got to save em.

Glad you listened to the Foxy lady
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