To pour boiling water on the fish

(172 Posts)
Sokmonsta Wed 12-Dec-12 09:30:19

We have a plastic tub with goldfish in the garden. Not mine, we were looking after them for a friend while he moved house. Now he's moved, not collected them and the sodding tub is nearly frozen solid. Have sent him a terse message saying sort the fucking fish (we've had them months). But the only way I can see to help them out is to put hot water in the good 6 inches of ice on top. And it's icky because there are also dead fish frozen in there.

Am seriously wishing I'd just put them in my parents pond when they were on holiday in September!

Softlysoftly Wed 12-Dec-12 09:31:46

How big is the tub can't it come inside for a bit?

Why are they outside?

nipersvest Wed 12-Dec-12 09:33:47

i know you're a bit miffed about being left with the fish, but poor fish!

have they seriously been left outside to freeze?

D0oinMeCleanin Wed 12-Dec-12 09:33:51

Why have you let the fish freeze to death?

HousewifefromBethlehem Wed 12-Dec-12 09:35:33

Why'd you leave them outside??? That's fish abuse!!!

GoldQuintessenceAndMyhrr Wed 12-Dec-12 09:35:55

hmm
Tis a bit late now, though.

<not helpful>

Poor fish sad

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Wed 12-Dec-12 09:36:54

Bring them inside. Fill a bucket with cold water put the ice and fish in the cold water the ice will then melt. Scoop out any dead fish. Clean the tub and then fill it with cold water and transfer the goldfish to it and seriously hope for the best.

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Wed 12-Dec-12 09:37:41

Don't put them back outside under any circumstances.

lemonsherbet Wed 12-Dec-12 09:37:42

If they are still alive try and break up the ice and put a ball that floats in there to allow air to get to the water below-remember that from blue peter.

Is there no way they can come and live inside?

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Wed 12-Dec-12 09:37:51

Polystyrene stops it freezing not boiling water :0( poor fishies

BigShinyBaubles Wed 12-Dec-12 09:39:00

That's gross. Even though they aren't yours you should still look after them properly..Goldfish aren't exactly hard to look after.

MrsReiver Wed 12-Dec-12 09:39:09

Poor fish sad I have no real idea but I have a vague recollection of Chris Packham saying not to defrost ponds and just to let nature take care of it, but that doesn't seem great if the top of the pond is completely frozen over.

HaudYerWheeshtFannyBaws Wed 12-Dec-12 09:39:16

Why would you leave them outside? shock

whattodoo Wed 12-Dec-12 09:39:22

I seriously doubt they're still alive. Poor fish.
He's a sod, but you have mis-treated the fish by the sounds of it.
Poor fish

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Wed 12-Dec-12 09:40:56

I think a pond is different to a tub. In a pond only the top layer is frozen so the fish still have water underneath. In a tub it will mostly / totally freeze.

GoldQuintessenceAndMyhrr Wed 12-Dec-12 09:41:00

MrsReiver, that is usually good advice for a pond that is dug down in the ground, as the ground is rarely frozen far below the surface. In those cases the frozen ice on the top keeps the pond warmer.

<pond owner>

Lilithmoon Wed 12-Dec-12 09:41:01

Wow you should be disgusted with yourself for treating animals so badly. I would report you to the RSPCA is I knew you.

nipersvest Wed 12-Dec-12 09:42:51

i'm guessing this thread is not going to go the way the op expected

MrsWolowitz Wed 12-Dec-12 09:44:21

Why did you let it freeze? Why didn't you bring it inside?

Poor fish sad

GoldQuintessenceAndMyhrr Wed 12-Dec-12 09:45:10

Does the owner know he has a tub of frozen fish in your garden?

MrsReiver Wed 12-Dec-12 09:46:14

See - said I hadn't got a clue grin

But you don't need to know about ponds or fish to realise that the poor fish have been mistreated, Lilithmoon - I totally agree, if this was someone I knew IRL I'd be on the phone to SSPCA or RSPCA sharpish.

complexnumber Wed 12-Dec-12 09:48:15

Wow you should be disgusted with yourself for treating animals so badly. I would report you to the RSPCA is I knew you.

That is a joke, right?

rockinaroundthebadtasteflump Wed 12-Dec-12 09:48:26

This thread has made me feel queasy sad

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