Funny Fish Stories - Page 2

Pythia

I've rescued one of my corys before

Also, there was a time when I dropped my betta on the ground (by accident) and I thought she died because she was on her side but she survived. This happened a few years ago and she's already dead . The beta in my profile pic is Neptune and he's currently very content
 

AquaticQueen

Never rescued a fish
I was sent home with 3 mollies for my ten gallon. I guess that's not a crazy story, but here's how it went.
I was a complete beginner and the Petsmart associate said I couldn't do 6 neon tetras (okay the stocking is bad, but not as bad as what I got sent home with) but I could do 3 mollies. Yeah..................
 

mrjohn

I brought home a bumble bee Platy to make my only bumble bee Platy at the time not so lonely. The next day my fiance found the new guy half under the stand. Maybe my other Platy scared him off? He didn't survive and he was the only fish to jump so far.
 

LittleLizardz

I have African Dwarf Frogs too! I am always finding them in the funniest of places! I once found one of them on top of my pineapple decoration! When I first got the frogs, I let them into the tank and one of them swam right into a plant! I helped him out of corse!
 

Utar

I am not sure that this is a funny story. But when I was just a kid, I asked my Mom for a gold fish. She got me a gold fish in a fish bowl. Well my little sister kept messing with it. Then she said I want to feed Freddy, she dumps a plate of french fries into the bowl. Now I have to tell ya I have some rage issues, I pulled the french fries out by hand holding her down trying to stuff them down her throat. Our Dad came in an whipped my behind.
 

Mike1995

Any fun, crazy, fish stories? I'm kind of bored and would love to hear some stories! Also: Have you ever rescued a fish?

I guess I rescued a fish.
I saw a bosmani rainbow at Petco a few years ago. in bad shape. Skinny. Discolored etc. I brought him home. Quarantined. Now hes in my 20g long with my 6 gold panda lyretail mollies. definitely not really the best, ideally rainbows should be with other rainbows but hes been in there for three years now and gets along quite well with the mollies. Even gives them a little chase once in awhile.
 

VeiltailKing

I rescued my male betta about a year ago!! I estimate he’s around 3-4 years old now.

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Bettamay

I looked on the forum, couldn’t find a thread like this, so I’m making one.

Everybody has to have one, a funny fish moment that you have had, these are a few of mine.

Me and my betta were having fun, but I had to leave his tank to go do some homework. I felt really bad leaving though, because he looked at me with “the betta face” with their big grumpy face and their adorable eyes and he looked so sad. I felt bed, but I really did have to go, so I had an idea.
I made him turn around using my finger, and then ran and hid behind the nearest door. I though I had escaped unseen, but when I peeked out, my betta was looking at me like, “.... bruh....”. Then he swam away and I felt like an idiot.

Also, I was just starting off with my first betta. I wasn’t wise to their mischievous ways. I made the mistake of holding the packet of food over his tank.
I knew they could jump, but I didn’t know how HIGH they could jump.
He hit my hand, me obviously being startled, reflexively pulled my hand back. Unfortunately, I dropped the food into the water. 5000+ Hikari Micropellets were just DUMPED into the water. Now of course my betta was having the time of his life, and I was not.
So as I was frantically trying to clean the mess up from his tank, he kept interfering with my hand AGAIN, AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. HE WAS BEING SO PUSSHY.
And then my second mistake : I bent my face down to the water to see how much food fell to the ground. Of course, he jumped in my face.

To this day, I still have to unethical belief that my eye has fishwater in it.

You can do other fish than bettas too.
 

BigManAquatics

I had a betta that got real aggressive at feeding time. When i flipped the hatch open, he would charge and attack it repeatedly. Everytime.

Sometimes he would bite my finger while i was letting go of the pellets.
 

ayeayeron

My angelfish Crooked likes to vacuum the surface of the water during feeding time. I guess it’s too much work to get each individual flake so she just sucks it all into her mouth
 

aoiumi

On the other spectrum of bettas, mine is blind. He also won't eat snails. I know this for a fact.

At feeding time I will tweezer feed him each pellet. After I've given him his meal, he keeps just cruising around and putting anything he bumps into in his mouth, because he can't see what it is.

My tank has a lot of snails.

So every morning, he'll go around like 'is this food?' but it's a snail. And he just goes 'nope' and spits the snail out. Again. And again. I think at this point in time, he's tasted just about every snail small enough to fit in his mouth, and not one has been accepted as 'food'.

I often wonder what the snails themselves think of it, all things considered.
 

AggressiveAquatics

What are some funny fish stories you’ve had?
 

minervalong

I have a 7g on the table beside me. Kit light died so it has a 3 arm plant light over it, with one of the arms across the back. I'm in the throes of Christmas gift wrapping and there are boxes everywhere. The felines usually just get in each box for a nap, when I need it, I dump them out.
So, instead of getting INTO a box, they are both fighting a box. I'm wondering why. So, I stop and get a look at the box from a different angle. Cats still out for blood about it, claw marks on it and all.
Then I realize the one light arm behind the tank is casting fishy shadows onto the side of the box. Fins and bubbles on full display. I guess you'd call that

SHADOW BOXING
 

LisaRose

I noticed one of my fish had died, and upon closer inspection, I realized it had tried to eat another smaller fish and choked on it! The smaller fish's body was protruding halfway out of the larger fish's mouth!

One time I had a female platy that became pregnant and started birthing a bunch of tiny little fry. I was totally unprepared and had never encountered this before, this was when I was very new to the hobby. I didn't have any fry food yet. So as I stood over the tank, I began to scratch my head (my dry flaky head), some skin flakes landing on the surface of the water, and to my surprise the fry gobbled it up! LOL (I got fry food later that day)
 

BigManAquatics

I watched a tiger barb suck a molly fry right through a breeder net once. Was the first round of fry we had in the house.
 

UmNick

I was at a friends house once as a kid, and I noticed he left the canopy open on his dads aquarium (full of danios). I commented on it and he said oh don't worry they never jump, and almost on cue a fish came rocketing out of the tank and landed on the floor right in front of him. lol.
 

Nessaf

I didn’t witness it but got the blow by blow afterwards. My mom was watching my kids while I was at work. My oldest (about four at the time) was fascinated with the fish. My mom walks into the room, to see my son with the net in hand, lid up on the aquarium, and it looked as if something may have flipped into the laundry basket next to the tank that we used as a toy bin.

Under questioning, my son assured grandma that, no, he hadn’t had the still-dripping net in the aquarium. She proceeded to tell him that it was a good thing he hadn’t been doing anything because fish will die if they are out of water. Then left the room...peeking around the corner, she saw him frantically digging in the toy bin, pick up the fish and put it in the tank. The fish survived!
 

KribensisLover1

My red eye tetras got overexcited & hopped out onto the floor. They wanted food. Badly.
 

LisaRose

I watched a tiger barb suck a molly fry right through a breeder net once. Was the first round of fry we had in the house.

I've always liked tiger barbs because they are so entertaining to watch. But they sure are mischievous!
I didn’t witness it but got the blow by blow afterwards. My mom was watching my kids while I was at work. My oldest (about four at the time) was fascinated with the fish. My mom walks into the room, to see my son with the net in hand, lid up on the aquarium, and it looked as if something may have flipped into the laundry basket next to the tank that we used as a toy bin.

Under questioning, my son assured grandma that, no, he hadn’t had the still-dripping net in the aquarium. She proceeded to tell him that it was a good thing he hadn’t been doing anything because fish will die if they are out of water. Then left the room...peeking around the corner, she saw him frantically digging in the toy bin, pick up the fish and put it in the tank. The fish survived!

That's adorable. Sometimes it is amazing how long fish can survive out of water.
 

LHAquatics

I'm bored and I have nothing to do, so can you share any funny moments you had?
 

Mcasella

Picked up some new fish, as well as two crays. Stuck the crays in an overnight styrofoam cooler to keep them safe. Woke up to only 1 cray in the box. Found it downstairs after searching the upstairs for it. It travelled almost 30ft and down a dozen stairs to where I found it. He likely was out of water for at least an hour probably closer to two, the house being cooler helped keep the humidity higher so he didn't dry out as quickly. (Fine just a little cold.)

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Broggy

hey, found this thread. one time my siblings were raising tadpoles in a 10 gallon. at that point, they were frogs already and i decided they looked hungry. i went to my dads office and got his orange tic tacs and fed them to the frogs. it turned the water orange and they all died. i felt so guilty for that, its stuck with me my whole life.
 

JLAquatics

An old Pleco my parents had found out where to find a good algae wafer after a while of having him. When we would open up the tank lid, there he would be, flipped upside-down at the top of the water sucking at the surface waiting impatiently for his wafer. He got so bad that he would hear people talking and quickly (and I mean, QUICKLY) swim up to the top of the glass just waiting for the hatch to open. Once given the Wafer, he would just remain suspended in water for a minute or so sucking the wafer down as fast as he could... He was my favorite Pleco ever, too bad he isn't with us anymore.
 

Yeoy

So I know many of us have been involved in the aquarium world either at a hobby or professional level for many years. I though it might be fun if we all share one (or more) funny/crazy/unexpected stories about something that happened either to you, a friend, your LFS or someone else that's related to the hobby.

Maybe you had to transport your fish in the car across the country?
Maybe someone spent $500 on a fancy fish to realise it was just a common BN?
Maybe your LFS was a front for something?
I'll go first...

Around 2014(?) when I was really involved in the hobby, someone on Facebook was trying to rehome a HUGE tank. It was 12 foot long. Maybe 12x3x3. Whatever it was the dimensions were huge, volume insane, it had cost the owner a small fortune to be custom built. They were moving interstate and couldn't take it with them. This family had been in the hobby forever, and after trying to rehome/resell this tank to every man, woman and child in the area they couldn't find a taker and decided to give it away for FREE, just so it would have a home. This was an amazing setup. The sump was either a 6ft or 8ft. A lot of equipment. Huge heaters. All the media. Driftwood, ornaments etc...

Obviously they were immediately swarmed by prospective owners who's eyes were bigger than their loungerooms. Everyone loves a freebie. Eventually they found someone who'd take it the day before the owner moved interstate. As this person had been sharing posts on all the FB groups in the area for a month, everyone knew about it and so when it found a home there was a collective sigh of relief. On the day of the big move, the new owners (somewhat suspiciously) all of a sudden didn't have access to vehicles, couldn't move etc... so the original owner hired a trailer for a few hundred dollars and helped them move it. They posted photos/videos at the time of the move, everyone congratulated them on being so generous and it was in the new owner's garage.

ONE WEEK LATER. All of a sudden the handful of local aquarium FB groups are assaulted with ads from the new owner selling the tank with all the accessories for quite a high sum. Couple of grand. Undoubtedly it was worth the price, but there was a lot of hate as they'd gotten this for less than free off the old owner and the immediate assumption was that they'd always intended to sell it. They said that they changed their mind after it was dropped off and now wanted to rehome it. Lots of arguments on the groups.

Team 1 - why don't you just give it away for free? You got it for free? Pay it forward etc....
Team 2 - they're smart. good on you. how industrious. you're allowed to resell things etc...

Because this tank was so huge it was being stored in their driveway in the front yard (inside a fence). Very late one night someone passed by their house and hurled a brick/rock over the fence and shattered the tank into a million pieces. Obviously creates a huge mess and is a huge waste, but I personally found it a hilarious story!!

Also it's hard to explain if you're not Aussie but the amount of venom unleashed by the new owners - bogans arguing on a Facebook group. It's quite a sight.
 

BigManAquatics

My pleco been doing goofy stuff all week.


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AverageAquarist22

Ooh, I have one! I’ve only been in the hobby for about a year so my stories won’t be as exciting as some other people‘s, but this one’s definitely frustrating... One day I decided to try going to a new LFS to check out other stores in my area. Looked up fish stores near me, found one with good reviews, and decided to go there. When we got there, we just looked around for a bit.. it seemed like not the best fish store because a lot of the tanks were really dirty and stinky, and the employee was trying to cover up the stink with air freshener which just made it worse. However, I decided to keep an open mind about it and started browsing the store to see if they had anything interesting. While I was looking, I stumbled upon the most gorgeous purple betta! Purple is one of my favorite colors, and a purple betta is one of my dream fish… but I decided not to buy him. We left the store without buying anything that day. The next day, I figured out a plan that would work so I could buy the purple betta, and my mom agreed that yes, it seemed like a pretty solid plan. We called the store to see if the betta was still available, and they said yes! So, we got into the car and drove there again. When we got there, I dashed inside to grab the purple betta… and realized that his fins were outlined in white fuzzy growth that hadn’t been there the day before. I started asking the employee behind the counter (he was the only one there, so he had been the one to answer my call earlier for sure,) about their livestock guarantee and return policies, because I didn’t want to pay for a sick fish that might pass away. He started acting really shifty and answering my questions in a vague way, and I asked a question about the purple betta’s fins… he said, “yeah, I noticed that this morning, so I don’t think I’ll be selling him today.” We left the store pretty quickly after that, and my mom was super annoyed on the way home because when we had called the man had said that the betta was available, and had started acting shifty as soon as we asked questions. I’m not sure if we’re just overreacting, but I was very sad.. Needless to say, we don’t go to that store anymore.
 

Cue

When we first started up our tank, we had no snail escape prevention. When we returned home from an errand we found one of our nerites on the floor under my desk, completely dried out. We put him back in the tank just to see and, lo and behold, in about an hour he was happily munching on the other side of the tank.
the kicker?

The errand was getting fencing to make a snail escape prevention system.
 

Plantedtank2021

I have been back in the hobby for a couple of years and am running two personal aquariums and 4 others split between family members.

I was just adding a sunsun canister pre-filter for the main canister filter. I drained and cut intake hose and installed the pre-filter in series with the main filter. I tried for about half an hour to get the pump to prime. I took the intake out a managed to up root about 3 Val’s and some dwarf grass in the process. I filled the hose with water from RO tap and filled up pre-filter with water. Still just pump noise and no flow. Then I realized the I could use the intake like a siphon and get it to fill the system by unscrewing out flow line start siphon and close valve and reattached. This worked.

The Ironic thing is I am an Engineer.
 

LowConductivity

Fun. I’ll play.

2-3 years ago I walked into one of my LFS and while wandering noticed a label “Apistogramma iniridae”, $5.99. Upon closer inspection, they were not iniridae, but Apistogramma cf. personata (from either the Vaupes or Caqueta), very spendy at the time because these were new to the hobby. I scooped all 7, and proceeded to put them in an empty 50 gallon low boy on the top rack.

The next morning, I turned on the fishroom lights to inspect my new treasures and couldn’t find them (no lid)….of the original 7, only 1 was still in the tank.

here’s the fun part.

of the 6 that jumped, 5 managed to ricochet off the wall, into tanks on the lower levels of the rack.
 

airdog44

Ok so I've only been in the hobby a couple of months but...I had to go away for a week and had my neighbor feed my fish. I left very specific instructions saying only feed to a line...it was the very TIP of a plastic spoon(I only have 6 neon tetras). I said they should eat it in 2 minutes or less, feed less the next day if they don't finish, etc, etc. Anyways, I get home and I had NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. The entire tank was covered in this white slime and it smelled HORRIBLE. The plant's rocks, water was cloudy, oh my gosh I can't explain the smell. Turns out she basically dumped the whole bottle of flakes into the tank, probably more, and clearly didn't listen to the instructions I left out. It's common sense! Leave it better than you found it! I'm still so mad months later:mad::) It took me a week and a half to get it back to normal. Let's just say I won't be hiring her again...I also haven't talked to her since(happened months ago). Moral of the story: Careful who you hire to watch your tanks people! Don't leave notes for them and have them come over to your house and show them physically how to do it!
 

Blacksheep1

Moral of the story: Careful who you hire to watch your tanks people! Don't leave notes for them and have them come over to your house and show them physically how to do it!
Urgh ! I had this happen too ! Went on holiday , left specific instructions with my then partners cousin, wrote it all down in detail, said if you notice anything just call and I’ll talk you through everything. Had a lot of smaller fish like neons and a small angel fish . I came home to 3 fish. He hadn’t called , in fact I doubt he even noticed that the stocking had dropped my about 90%. Had to practically strip the tank to find the dead ( and the smell ) then deal with my cycle being out of whack for what felt like months ! I vowed never to go on holiday for years after that :D
 

Tigerburp

My barbs being all cult like
They would form a circle while the two alphas spared, and when I came along they would go into “act normal” mode
 

Yeoy

Fun. I’ll play.

2-3 years ago I walked into one of my LFS and while wandering noticed a label “Apistogramma iniridae”, $5.99. Upon closer inspection, they were not iniridae, but Apistogramma cf. personata (from either the Vaupes or Caqueta), very spendy at the time because these were new to the hobby. I scooped all 7, and proceeded to put them in an empty 50 gallon low boy on the top rack.

The next morning, I turned on the fishroom lights to inspect my new treasures and couldn’t find them (no lid)….of the original 7, only 1 was still in the tank.

here’s the fun part.

of the 6 that jumped, 5 managed to ricochet off the wall, into tanks on the lower levels of the rack.
Never heard of anyone playing Apisto ping-pong before but that's amazing! Glad that most of them survived.

I think we've all been burned by fish jumping at some point and ending up in a crazy place. I found a clearly old fish skeleton inside a flouro light fitting once a few months after the fish in question (shell dweller) went missing. Looks like it somehow jumped out of a small gap but ended up on the lid. Must have flopped around into the flouro light on the lid and got roasted, crisped and dried out.
 

Blacksheep1

I once had a frog that had gotten on top of the filter box , he must of followed the wires out and on to the floor. I searched everywhere for him and could not find him. About a year later moved house and pulled the tank you and there he was , perfectly preserved underneath the stand :(
 

MacZ

Tank switch 24 years ago:
2 year running Tanganyikan tank (180x80x70cm) to be replaced by a bigger tank (250x80x80cm) including stand, substrate, decor and fish. 12 hours time. Pulled it off, with 8 people helping.
 

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