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November 7, 2007

SOS! Goldfish names please!




This past weekend we bought three goldfish for the 10-gallon tank we had been prepping for three days (having goldfish isn't as easy as you may think!) and we are head over heels in love with them and are loving having a fish tank in the apt.! They are lively, cute little fellas and I have spent long periods of time just watching them do their thing which consists of sucking at the top of the water which creates bubbles, doing the cutest little shimmys, inhaling little plant leaves then spitting them back out whole and seemingly searching for food all. day. long. They are all personality but lacking names! So I ask you, based on the photos and descriptions below can you give me some suggestions??

Fantail Fish: The most typical looking goldfish of the bunch. Fastest swimmer, clearly most clever, at one feeding he ate almost all the food (consequently the longest poops!) which is when we realized we may have to feed each according to their intellectual ability and some as you will see need more help than others. Clearly he's the alpha of the group but whether or not he's superior or a bully depends on your political perspective!




Oranda Fish: Orange guy has a carrot top fro that I can't wait to see grow!, has a flat face like a bulldog and is the most beautiful glistening gold color. He gets just one or two fewer food pellets during free for all feeding frenzy time. He likes to hang out with the "alpha" fish and I think of him as the middle child of a sibling trio - not as aggressive at his older sibling nor as slow as his younger - just in the middle and consequently gets passed over a bit while attention is mostly paid to the sibling drama between the oldest and the youngest.




Moor Fish: Black beauty with a pea brain. He swam against the filter current once or twice which may not seem like such a weird thing to do but trust me, it's a little special. He swims backwards sometimes which is of course adorable although it was less adorable the time I saw him bump his head into the branch sitting in the middle of the tank - ok so it was newly placed there but the point is that the others have not come close to doing things this little guy does - he has his own marching band whose offbeat he follows. His inbreeding takes the heaviest toll on his...eye sight! Goldfish are near-sighted to begin with but man is he sight-challenged. Food pellets will be sprinkled evenly in the tank as instructed and this guy doesn't see them while his mates are feasting and once he does figure it out he still can't get to the pellets most of the time. Of course this was distressing to us so we bent over backwards as only ridiculous parents would and Jonah has taken to custom feeding him - this involves placing the pellets at just the right angle in front of him as he happens to be swimming towards us. This has seemed to work and of course as he is our special needs baby we can't help but favor him a bit. Just a bit.





Fantail Fish: Sam as in Samosa

Oranda Fish: Chicken

Moor Fish: Rod as in Rodney Dangerfield

Posted by: Harm at November 7, 2007 10:53 AM

Wheels, Snake and Joey Jeremiah.

Posted by: ken at November 7, 2007 11:45 AM

Tic Tac Toe?

Posted by: Rae at November 7, 2007 12:45 PM

Congratulations! You two will make wonderful parents :)

I suggest:
Bugeyes, bugsy, bugaboo, buggy, bugs, etc

Posted by: Amy at November 7, 2007 5:05 PM

fantail: Uzi
orange: Meme
moor: Francis

Posted by: louis at November 7, 2007 5:39 PM

goldie, blackie, goldie jr.

Posted by: Mark at November 7, 2007 7:54 PM

G.O.B, Buster, and Michael (a la Arrested Development)

Posted by: Mel at November 7, 2007 10:33 PM

Winston Churchill, fearless conquerer.

Shlax, secretly this dude is full of soul.

and Pepe, easy to spell, hard to forget.

Awesome fisheys, full of style. I just looked at the other names and damn, Wheels is kick ass!

Posted by: weetiny at November 8, 2007 1:46 AM

They are lovely!

Posted by: Zelia at November 8, 2007 4:25 AM
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