Last week the boys and I went to the pet store in search of an algae-eating fish. As we walked into the fish department, we saw the "fish working employee" so we quickly cornered her to ask her all about what is best for us. We told her that we had a goldfish and a tank that is in a sunny spot in our house so we are in the market for a helpful snail or fish to clean up the extra algae. She showed us a fish they call an Otto fish. She recomended him because he does such a great job cleaning the tank. Then we asked about the snails she said that they aren't as good of housekeepers.
So we bought a fish upon her recommendation. Jacob named him WallE from the movie. Jacob loved the idea of a friend for his goldfish Guido. The two fish were friends for about a week. Then today we couldn't find WallE. WE COULD NOT FIND HIM! We had to clean out the tank in search of WallE. We found him wedged in one of the plants. He was very beat up. He never had a chance. So Jacob and I had a little talk about how all things die. Following that we had a toilet burial. Then Jacob said, "Now WallE lives with all the poop." I should have thought that through a little better.
After all this I called the pet store to ask about the Otto fish. The gal on the phone said that goldfish only live with other goldfish. Because I put the Otto fish in with a goldfish, that was my own stupidity and the 30 day warrenty is null and void. So we spent $1.99 for a "Punching Bag" for Guido and $5.99 for algae-eating fish food in case WallE ate all the algae in the tank and was still hungary. We just tossed $7.98 out the car window! I love working with employees that don't know what they are talking about! Yeah for waisting money.
Algae-eating fish: $1.99
Algae-eating fish food: $5.99.
Teaching our son about the circle of life: priceless
Here is a photo of Guido after the day's trauma. --emily