Wednesday, January 23, 2008

In Need of a Fishing Pole!

We are up to 30 guppies, up from 9 fish a few days ago. Cripes.

My son and I had a brilliant idea, if we took out the female guppy, who we were told was a male, then there wouldn't be any more babies. Uh-huh. We were soooo smart. Get rid of the girl fish and no more baby fish. Pretty simple. Riiiiggghhhtt.

Oh, sidenote, in case you were wondering: I have named them all Elvis, or I call them The Swimming Elivs, or Elvises, or maybe it is the Swimming Elvi. Doesn't matter, hopefully you get the drift. We also have a sucker fish named Sucky, and we did not buy a snail, but there is one in the tank so it is called Snail, but other than that, they are all Elvis. We still can't figure out how the snail got in there...did it hitch a ride with the female who was supposed to be a male? I wonder....

Anyway, my son and I thought we had a great idea to take the female out and as we were trying to figure which one was the female, my daughter reminded us that even if we took out the female, well, there were still 20 new baby fish and some of those might be girls - and then what?

So, the way I see it is, we have one female who is having babies, about 10 or more every 30 days, and now we have 20 new fish, and if one of those 20 new fish has babies and those babies have babies and so one and so on and so on, can you imagine the mess of fish we could have within a year? Makes my head spin!

Anyone have a fishing pole? No reason for asking.

(c) 2008 Cindy Breninger All Rights Reserved


Grilled Pizza said...

Oh Cindy what will you do??

Rybu said...

I like the Swimming Elvi.

Kathleen Mortensen said...

You could set up a stand on your front lawn - kind of like a lemonade stand, only you'd be selling fishies for 5 cents. Your little A.P. Keaton should get into that. Wait, is that you, or Jen at Never a Dull Moment?

ragdoll said...

Ohhhhhhhh.......... Cindy!!!!!!!


Ragdoll Billie on the Road to Remission

Moody said...

You need to either get a bigger tank or take the mess of them back to the fish store. They're too small to fillet and bread, right? Yikes!

Michelle Hix said...

Just checking are you managing the ulcer? Are you feeling better?

Stephen said...

Mmm, I think someone's going to be in the fish-selling business soon.

Wonder how those things taste like fried? :)

Maria said...

Hmm... Open up a fish store?

Flea said...

When our fish had babies, we had to put them in their own little holding tank or the other fish would eat them. Try not feeding your fish for a day or two. :)

Kathleen Mortensen said...

If it's a stomach ulcer Michelle is referring to, I feel for you. I had one for years and it felt like a burning knife had been rammed into my abdomen. It usually attacked in the middle of the night, waking me with searing pain.
In the early 1990s I was referred to a doctor trying out an experimental treatment. It turns out that most stomach ulcers are caused by the bacteria helicobacter pylori and that this bacteria eats away at the lining of the stomach. Long story short, I had a week's treatment of a bismuth and some drug combination and I was completely cured! I believe now that Zantac incorporates the same combination in it's pills. If you take that under prescription, it should alleviate your symptoms, but I know there's another drug for it as well. I don't know if that's helpful. Google helicobacter pylori and you might find more.

Kathleen Mortensen said...

Just did a check - it seems they treat it with antibiotics - metronidazole et al. Are you able to get those without health insurance?

MrJourneyman said...

I've got it! Bring the swimming Elvi to Vegas...they could be their own headlining, Mrs. Cindy, are sitting on a gold mine!


Good luck!

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Elise said...

You should breed them and sell them to pet shops! You can even rename the breed... The Elvi Fish


Around The Funny Farm said...

Snail? I once bought grass for my tank... and it apparently was infested with snail something or other.. because by the time a couple of weeks rolled by.. my poor fish tank was more about SNAILS than guppies!

I ended up having to change tanks completely... lol

Cheffie-Mom said...

Oh my gosh, talk about mass production!! Hope you have gotten it all worked out...or have invested in a larger tank hehe.I love your site, it is so uplifting. My name is Debbie Davis and I am new at blogging. I am a mother of two and have a blog called I've Overcooked My Family. I'd love to hear from you. Blessings to you.