EMU Blog

Jan 15 2013

Fish Are Friends, Not Food!

by Sarah Orr

Have you decided to live on campus? Are you lonely and need a friend? Can you keep a fish alive?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I have some great news! Non-flesh eating fish are allowed in the residence halls!

For most people this makes them feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside to have their own pet, but for me… it’s a disaster! I cannot keep fish alive to save my own life, so let me tell you a story…

A couple years back I decided to buy a goldfish; now I had fish in the past, but of course, they all decide to die on me. I believe this purchase was on a whim so I was not prepared to feed this creature properly. The only food we had available was Beta fish food and the thing about Beta fish food is… they contain FISH! If I were to feed Nemo, Goldie, Fishie, Fred, whatever I chose to name it, then I would’ve made him a cannibal and I did not want that responsibility, so what was I to do?

Of course I did the only thing I could think of to make sure Frodo didn’t starve, I fed him crackers. I figured it was a safe alternative to fish food, since Petsmart was closed, but I was dead wrong (pun intended). Within a matter of hours his water started to change chemically from the SALTINE crackers I fed Martha and it cut off his breathing.

At 2:15pm on March 12th, 2007 poor Dory breathed her last breath. I scooped her out, cleaned the tank, and swore to never purchase a fish again because obviously I’m not qualified to raise fish and effected the fish population in pet stores everywhere, go me!

All in all, if you’re the complete opposite of me (not a fish killer) or need someone to talk to when life gets rough then a pet fish may be for you. Just remember: Fish are friends, NOT food!

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