I don’t know if I mentioned it before but I got some fish for Christmas. First I was like, “OH MY GOODNESS THESE ARE SO LITTLE AND CUTE! I’M GOING TO HAVE SO MUCH FUN WATCHING THEM!” But then I was like, “Awe peas. I have to keep these things alive.”
I gave them until the end of January. Mystery among mysteries, though, they are still alive!
Feel free to be surprised and impressed. I know I am.
But now I have a different problem. I have a bully fish.
Exhibit A: Margaret the Mean Fish.
Originally I had two fish: Max and Margaret (named for the characters in Rushmore). They were super happy and best friends. Obvi. Then in January we decided to get them a little friend. I wanted a tiger fish but then I found out that they’re mean and will nip at and can eventually eat the other fish. So I got this funny little see-through guy and named him Tiger.
Genius, I know.
Tiger had some issues when he came home. Margaret didn’t like him and chased him away when it was fish flakes time. He basically gave up eating and I have no idea how he’s still alive because I’ve almost never seen him eat. I even tried different food but he just stays away from it. I think he snacks on the soggy bottom flakes (I call them trash flakes) because Margaret doesn’t want those.
Last week I noticed that Max was missing the end of his tail. Just the littlest bit. And I said, “Hey! What’s going on here?” But no one answered because they’re fish and I probably look like a monster through the tank walls.
Look at him now!
Most of his tail is MIA, he’s missing pieces from his top and bottom fins, and the side fin on his other side is almost completely gone! Naturally I thought it was Margaret, since she has a history of being mean for no reason (see Tiger story above), but Sunday I caught that little scoundrel in action. I watched her corner Max, nip off a piece of his fin, chew it, and spit it out at him. No joke.
I don’t know what to do. I’m hoping everything will cool off in the tank, but if Margaret nips Max to death I’ll be so upset. I should probably start planning the funeral but if anyone knows how I can make my fish BFFs again please let me know!