Originally Posted by marie73
I think everyone just sees the cartoon goldfish in a bowl and the cat trying to get it and that's where they get their info. At least in my case....
Yep! That's exactly where I'm coming from. My thoughts of a goldfish are seeing Dorothy (Elmo's goldfish on Sesame Street) and of Lamont, the little goldfish that Rudy had on The Cosby Show years ago, and she came home from school one day, the fish had gone belly up and everyone in the family dressed in their Sunday best and gave poor Lamont the proper sendoff in the biffy.
Please, people, don't chastise me for this but I honestly thought that goldfish were not much more than minnows, or food for bigger fish.
After reading all the posts here I really feel guilty looking at Elmo and Zoey
in that little gallon bowl. They seem fine in there now but, really, how fast do these little creatures grow?
I should be heading off to lala land very soon as I have to get up for work in about 6 hours but instead I've been trying to find as much out about pricing for a decent 10-gallon tank. As I was saying, we have no major brand pet stores around here, all locally owned, except for Super Walmart. Unless I missed in on their website, Wally World doesn't sell a 10-gallon tank. I did find a couple available at Petsmart and they have a store located in Bismarck an hour and a half from here. Ken is heading down there for his friend's bachelor party this weekend (he's going by himself) and the the wedding is the Saturday before Memorial Day (I'm going with). Do we dare keep the goldfish in the conditions they're in now until then, roughly 3 weeks away?
I'm also trying to envision the size of a 10-gallon tank and how much room it would take up, wondering where we would put the darn thing. Boy, oh boy, what have we gotten ourselves into? I honestly want to do the right thing by these little guys and get some bigger better equipment. I just don't know that we'd have it all together in the next couple days.
Oh, another thing, the kids were in bed so Ken and I were watching our DVR'd recording of tonight's survivor when Herbie jumped up onto the China cabinet (where we decided to put the fish bowl, thinking the cats wouldn't notice them up there) and he was trying to play with Elmo and Zoe. Ken swiftly got up and put the fish bowl on top of the entertainment center which is about 6 feet tall. I really don't think any of the cats has the ability to get up there. I'm just thankful we were still awake when Herbie did this. Had this happened in the middle of the night we would have had a sad story to share with the kids when they woke up.
Well, it really is time for me to go beddy-bye. If anyone else has ANY more helpful information about this situation I'm definitely listening! Thanks for everything so far!