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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!

ChippingInLovesChristmasLights Fri 14-Dec-12 01:55:12

Sokmonsta - I'm glad you have this sorted out now, very pleased for them and as much so for you. It sounds like you have more than enough to worry about, without the fish. Good idea to tell him they died <-fuckwit deserves no more. I hope you can sort some other stuff out too and that 2013 isn't as stressful for you.

nipersvest Fri 14-Dec-12 01:17:06

glad it's all sorted sokmonsta smile

PumpkinPositive Thu 13-Dec-12 19:45:27

As far as friend is concerned, when he bothers to get in touch with us about them he will be told the tub froze and they died.

Definitely the best outcome. He doesn't deserve them. smile

Sparklingbrook Thu 13-Dec-12 19:42:19

Yay! Well done Sokmonsta. i hope the fish will be very happy in their new home and you are very relieved. wine

Sokmonsta Thu 13-Dec-12 19:08:33

Right. Just to update:

The fish have been re-homed

As far as friend is concerned, when he bothers to get in touch with us about them he will be told the tub froze and they died. It would be far too complicated to have to try and work out which fish were his and then retrieve them.

dogegg I'm sorry to hear your sad news. My sincere condolences.

Apologies to all for the tone of title and post. I'd simply reached the absolute limit of my patience yesterday and the fish being stuck in a rapidly freezing solid tub of water was the straw which broke the camel's back. I was shocked how much ice came out of the tub when I emptied it.

Thank you to those of you who have been supportive/defended me. I am grateful you saw through aforementioned tone to realise I was actually concerned for their welfare.

Just to outline had I realised they would have been with us so long I genuinely would have put them in the pond much sooner.

And thanks to the later comments which followed. They gave me a wry chuckle in an otherwise awful situation.

Fuchzia Thu 13-Dec-12 13:09:34

I have a fish in a half barrel pond, so above ground and it's been fine there in successive winters. I wrap bubble wrap round the outside and float a ball on the top. The ice never gets very thick.

I never feed in winter. Fish go into semi-hibernation in cold weather, and feeding may make them too active and less able to withstand the cold.

PumpkinPositive Thu 13-Dec-12 13:06:18

Floaty, my birdies seem suitably impressed by your very handsome fish. They are licking their little beaks and scratching their claws.

Do you think would like the fish like a friend?

FloatyBeatie Thu 13-Dec-12 12:59:57

Oh bollocks.

What's the legal penalty for demoralising a fish? <calls lawyer>

SoleSource Thu 13-Dec-12 12:52:08

He isn't grey, he is silver. You've done it now. sad

FloatyBeatie Thu 13-Dec-12 12:21:00

Thanks Sole. I will pass that on to them. Especially the grey one, who is in a permanent state of near-fatal disappointment at not having pretty orange and black splodges.

Greensleeves Thu 13-Dec-12 12:05:45

seriously give Gerald a buzz

SoleSource Thu 13-Dec-12 12:05:32

grin complex.

complexnumber Thu 13-Dec-12 12:02:35

I think it is important to not build up any sense of anticipation in a fish as this may well lead to disappointment.

And we all know what happens to a disappointed fish.

I was quite suprised to read this headline: 'Fishing leaders 'disappointed' after mackerel talks', what did they want? A song and dance act as well!
fishing leaders disappointed

SoleSource Thu 13-Dec-12 11:41:49

Floaty your fish are beautiful smile

FloatyBeatie Thu 13-Dec-12 11:27:04

I know: I wasn't suggesting it as a solution to the OP's fish issue!

FivesGoldNorks Thu 13-Dec-12 11:23:00

But the suggestion was until the weather got warmer...that could be may

FloatyBeatie Thu 13-Dec-12 11:21:48

I've added a pic to my profile showing our fish in the bath. They had a little stay there once when we were mending the pond. Just a few hours, so the dc didn't have to share with them (much as they would have liked to).

PumpkinPositive Thu 13-Dec-12 11:13:35

* You are laughing at a fish's disappointment?! <calls RSPCA>*

I am laughing with Oscar, not at him.

Can't open link on my ipad. sad

FivesGoldNorks Thu 13-Dec-12 11:04:01

No one else find the thought of the op having a bath full of carp until spring amusing? Sorry kids, no bath this season!

D0oinMeCleanin Thu 13-Dec-12 11:01:36 The attachment at the bottom. It was an Oscar not a goldfish so nur [grown up]


FloatyBeatie Thu 13-Dec-12 10:57:18

shock You are laughing at a fish's disappointment?! <calls RSPCA>

PumpkinPositive Thu 13-Dec-12 10:45:29

The fish didn't die. It just sank.

I'm at work, and trying to die of laughter in an inconspicuous way.

D0oinMeCleanin Thu 13-Dec-12 10:45:20

Well it happened. Footage of it was used in a seminar by Karen Pryor (I think) to show what effect suddenly switching from a continuous reinforcement schedule to a varied reinforcement schedule would have on dogs. The thinking being if that is how it effects a fish imagine what effect it would have on a dog.

I don't understand why you are so keen to argue this point with me?

It was covered in a lecture I had recently on reinforcement schedules. If you really need me to look up the references for you I suppose I could. I have an hour to kill before work.

MissCellania Thu 13-Dec-12 10:36:42

That makes even less sense.

FloatyBeatie Thu 13-Dec-12 10:16:34

Its heart sank, and the rest of it followed.

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