Do you name your fish?

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Emily Caldwell

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I know that some people do and some don't. Curious to hear your naming philosophies.

Personally, I name every fish when possible. It took me a week to name my betta (Oscar de la Renta) because I kept coming up with names that didn't quite fit him. My Jack Dempsey is Big Pun, and that name just popped into my head the first day I had him so it felt meant to be. (FYI, Big Pun is a Puerto Rican rapper from The Bronx who is now deceased. #RIP.)

I have an African Cichlid tank at my office and we are working on coming up with names for everyone. We've had them about a month now and over half of them are named. I let my coworkers pick out a fish or two to name. I have named most of them since I spend the most time with them.

Personally I don't get not naming your fish, but I can see how it might be kind of difficult if you have a lot of them. The other thing is that it makes you more attached to the fish and then it's even harder if they die.

So how about you? Are you a namer? What are some of your fish's names?
 

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I've only named my male bettas. I have three. Two are in a divided tank, one black and the other white so I named them Ying and Yang. And a yellow one named Mr. Sunshine.
 

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I only have my Mbuna tank none have names. Simple as that.
 

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I have named my Shark (Magik), my Pleco (King), my two Dwarf Gouramis (Blu, and Mr ****), and my two Golden Ram (Shorty and Dr Love). The schooling fish are too hard to keep track of who is who so I don't bother trying. The catfish I don't see enough and I can't tell them apart either.
 

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Not anymore too much. Recently, the last one I really called by name died, so that was painful. I do give them names sometimes, but like you said, it's really painful when they die, especially if you've named them.
 

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I do name a few, but not all
My clownfish is named Jeff ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1436908999.347485.jpg
My Royal Gramma is named Kobe. I named him Kobe because he has the Lakers colors ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1436909040.798919.jpg


 

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AquaticBrandon said:
My clownfish is named Jeff ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1436908999.347485.jpg
His name should be Geoff instead.
 

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Geoff said:
His name should be Geoff instead.
Hahaha, get out of here!
 

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Jeff is incorrect haha
 

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Jeff is correct spelling and pronounciation, your way is pronounced G-off
 
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alink said:
I have named my Shark (Magik), my Pleco (King), my two Dwarf Gouramis (Blu, and Mr ****), and my two Golden Ram (Shorty and Dr Love). The schooling fish are too hard to keep track of who is who so I don't bother trying. The catfish I don't see enough and I can't tell them apart either.
I can see why you wouldn't name schooling fish. Pretty much impossible to tell them apart!
 

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I named him Jeff because of 22 Jumpstreet. "My name is Jeff" lol


 

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Dom90 said:
Jeff is correct spelling and pronounciation, your way is pronounced G-off
No!
 

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Haha yes, I have named my fish. I named one of my tiger barbs spot because it has an extra spot on it (ikr), and my sis had a betta named rainbow for a while. I named one of my deceased angelfish beefsteak because it had a patch over its eye that looked like a black eye, and I've heard you put beefsteak on black eyes
 

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If I were to name all my mbuna ill will all just called them the same name proably called them all munchlax lol.
 

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Lol how are you supposed to differentiate between mbuna when all the females will pretty much look the same haha
 

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Dom90 said:
Lol how are you supposed to differentiate between mbuna when all the females will pretty much look the same haha
That's why I will call them all the same name lol.
 

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In almost 50 years, I have given a pet name to exactly one fish. I had a Distichodus sexfasciatus that had gotten some real size to him. He was the duckweed disposal system. I called him Spot, which I felt was a perfectly appropriate pet name. Here's a picture when he was still young.

I tend to like irony, as well.
 

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I name my favorites.

I started to call my ram cichlid pair Mr. & Mrs. Ram Cichlid as a joke and it just stuck.

And then my figure 8 pufferfish, Sammy. I don't know if Sammy is a Samuel or a Samantha, so it's just Sammy.
 

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I name my centerpiece fish and bettas
ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1436934583.849853.jpg
"Leo" is my gouramI
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"MIKEY" is my turquoise/blue (or whatever color he is) betta
ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1436934678.967045.jpg
And finally here's "Gerard" my red betta (he won't ever stay still!)


 
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