Fish Tank Fail

The most faithful followers of Mother Goose will recall the problems of last week — especially the case where she inadvertently put the doggy eye drops into the eyes of the youngest daughter causing her pupils to dilate to enormous proportion and remain in that condition for six days…

Today Mother Goose attempted to clean the family fish tank. Sadly, there were casualties…

Over the course of months, the fish tank of the Goose family acquires its share of algae and green slime. Then it’s time for Mother Goose to roll up her sleeves and do some serious housekeeping on behalf of the fish pets. These pictures could speak for themselves, but I will add some humorous comments just to keep you amused….until the very end.

The fish appear happy, but Mother Goose is concerned about the content on the bottom of the fish tank.

I transferred the fishes to this pitcher for safe-keeping. They look OK.

I bailed gallons and gallons of water out of the fishless tank.

The family bathtub is a great place for washing slimy fish tanks… and I tossed out the icky rocks.

Think anyone would notice if I forgot to clean the bathtub after cleaning the fish tank?

I discarded the disgusting and dirty old filter…

Replacing the water filter is very important — I handily installed a fresh one.

The tank is so clean, you could probably eat off of it.

It takes a lot of pots and pans to refill the fish tank.

All clean and shiny! Simply add fishies.

And suddenly four fishies were lying on the bottom of the fish tank! Oh no, Mother Goose! Did you add the water conditioner to the water to neutralize the chlorine in the tap water before you added the fish? Oh no….

Fish tank FAIL. Yes, I was so happy and excited and honking and flapping about the clean fish tank, and busily recording the event on my camera for my dear and gentle readers that I forgot to un-poison their water. I poured them into the fish tank, they took a great big gulp of their new fully-chlorinated pool, and several of the fishes immediately keeled over and sunk like rocks to the bottom of their deadly home.

And now, it’s off to the pet store where I will choose some new fish, some hearty fish, some fresh fish and some alive fish.

Until next time, this is Mother Goose signing off — with head hung low, and dragging her rubbery feet in frustration…

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deb
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 13:58:57

    Been there…done that! LOL


  2. Bunn
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 14:34:46

    Oohhh noooo poor fishys!


  3. Bunn
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 14:36:44

    Oh but it does look just so clean and nice!!


  4. Dianna
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 14:57:59

    Oh, poor Mother Goose. This has not been your month, has it??


  5. notsofancynancy
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 15:17:14

    Oh Dear!


  6. Suzanne Cordes
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 19:26:10

    Oh Natalie………..You tried. Tomorrow will be another day. I hope you got some pretty new fishys! xo Can’t wait to see you. Hope you are enjoying your picnic tonight and wish I was there. Here’s a toast to the fallen fish! xo


    Aug 29, 2012 @ 23:11:17

    Nice job. Looks really clean now


  8. P Joe
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 08:03:27

    You seriously did not put chlorine in the water!!


    • Natalie
      Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:10:26

      I seriously did not. However, the city of Chicago did. I am usually pretty good at remembering to neutralize the water, but this time… Fail.


  9. Three Well Beings
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 01:04:37

    Oh my goodness! All that energy and effort, but yes, loss of concentration. But you did give us a great picture by picture photologue! Poor little fish went into chlorine-shock, yet we drink that water! ha!


  10. yearstricken
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 13:40:39

    These things happen. And from now on, you will probably always remember to add the neutralizer.


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