I’m actually happy, I feel guilty about it!
Ever since Harry ‘moved on’, I’ve had this cloud of depression hanging over my head. I keep telling myself that it’s only a fish, man, get a grip!! But it’s just not so easy…
But now, my parents have surprised me with a whole bunch of new fishes to join Itchy, Scratchy, Sally and Rocky (the goldfish formerly known as Airwolf). According to my dad, having four fish is dangerous, sei la… hence their decision to purchase seven – count ‘em – SEVEN fish to add to our aquarium family.
Now my problem is identifying these fishes. Except for two guppies, the rest are simply unknown species. I anticipate spending a lot of time going through fishbase.org to sort them out…
As for their names, well, once again I’ve come up with a few ‘suggestions’, although I’m pretty sure my family is just gonna ignore them and stick to dumb names like Sweety, Angel, Goldie, etc.. yech!
I’ve named one of the guppies Steve – as in Steve Guppy. He’s a Leicester City football player. Geddit? Hmm. Apparently, neither did my parents. Whatever.
The other guppy I’m calling Blacky. No, I’m not racist. Borderline psycho pervert, maybe, but definitely not racist. It’s just the fish is black. And I’m way too lazy to think up something right now. Maybe some other day.
The smallest of the fish I’ve named Baby, for the fact that since her mouth is too small to catch the food pellets, we have to crush the pellets and scatter it evenly so she has a fighting chance of eating something despite being jostled around by all her ‘mates’. What a baby… and so cute laa….!
One fella has distinctive stripes on his body, hence the name Tiger. I do not yet know his opinions on golf.
Another fish, who is incredibly fast (and has a similar shaped body to Tiger that I suspect they could be of the same species), I have christened Gonzalez. As in Speedy.
Finally, interestingly enough, we have two fishes of the same species who are so incredibly identical, I have absolutely no way of telling them apart. This reminded me of the characters Sam and Eric from the Lord of the Flies. So Sam n’ Eric it is.
There it is, then, the crowded aqua colony that has become oh so lively again. Harry may have gone, but his indomitable spirit happily lives on in the new bunch.
Okay, back to fishbase.org……