I have a mean fish.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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4 Responses to “I have a mean fish.”


  1. 1 Anonymous April 23, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    make max apologize to her. even though he did nothing margret is a feamale so he is wrong. it may work

    • 2 TheTragicWhale April 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      I didn’t think of that! I was chasing her with a stick yesterday, but your idea sounds easier / less like pet abuse.

  2. 3 Jay May 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Maybe some time in exile island would do Margaret some good. We had a bunch of goldfish in a tank and one of them started bullying the others and nipping at their fins, so we put the bully fish in a Mason jar by itself, right next to the tank where it could see the other fish playing nicely together. After being in exile for about a week, we introduced the bully fish and it was actually nice to the other fish after that. It’s worth a try, to at least let Max have his own space for a while.

    • 4 TheTragicWhale May 2, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      I might have to try that. Although since I bonked her with a pencil I haven’t seen her openly attack him.


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