My wife Mayang, decided the water in the first pond needed changing as the water had gone from a light brown to a very thick green. Her troops were assembled and mustered, and the water was pumped out. All the fish were moved to a laundry tubs for safe keeping, and the cleaning commenced. They scrubbed off all the algae using Zorox bleach and dried it all up.
I was asked to re-install the pump and filter, of course while they were filling the pond with fresh water. I explained that to use the pond again the fish would have to be moved from one tub to another from the alleged water to clearer water a few times to prevent them going into shock and or suicide. Please note that your humble Kano was back in the house on the computer far from the killing fields of fish hell.
My wife, her sister, and my nephew Josh, all entered the kitchen in a fit of depression. As all 25 Koi had passed away, kicked the bucket, were taking a dirt nap, or possibly were just plain dead.
Now for some reason I was required to go to the back of the house and witness the fact that they were Ex Fish. What they thought I could do about it, I never did find out as mouth to gill was off the table as far as I was concerned.
Trying to make them feel better, I foolishly joked and said, “I’ll light off the Mindanao Bob Deluxe BBQ Grill, and start cooking lunch”. You would think that during a time of major calamity, I would be wise enough to keep my damn mouth shut. You would be so very wrong.
Attempting to extricate myself from my bad fish joke, (Oh but did I have so many more) I asked if they had followed my advice about moving the fish to the new water. I had my answer when all three at once were glancing towards the ground. My old Navy leadership kicked into high gear, “Josh, take the fish and bury them in the empty lot next door. Mayang, finish filling the pond, Clara, please go make coffee, for all of us.” (Way too early for a beer)
Ladies I think the fish died by no other reason, than mass suicide! Similar to the Jim Jones’ followers in Jonestown, but that was Kool-Aid, vice new water. This is a common occurrence among fish. And I’d seen this at sea, countless times.
Or it could be Koi just have a short shelf life. No one believed me. The worst possible outcome of this situation is I’ll have Green Peace protesting at my gate next week.
So true to form, and just like the United States Government, if there is a problem, throw money at it. I told the ladies to go to the fish store the first of the week and buy some more fish. As our dad’s used to do every time that goldfish died that you had won at the carnival last summer.
Can you really become that attached to fish? I’m just not that sure you can, or if you even should. So the water is clear again, 120 new fish are happily swimming around until the next algae bloom.
Disclaimer: A lot of fish were harmed in the writing of this article, feel free to notify PETA.