There are plenty of stupid fish around – with the main aim to commit suicide it seems. If you don’t believe me, some other people have had also had nutty fish experiences….
Sabrina Blair and another stuck Gourami…
“I just finished reading your story about your Gourami stuck in the rock and I want you to know that I had an equally stupid Red Gourami. One day, after being gone all day, my husband and I got back and my Gourami was stuck in the rock. He had been in the rock plenty of times and the hole was wider then it was tall. He had swam through that same hole before but this time either was a little bigger or forgot to go a little sideways and got stuck! I tried several times to push him backwards out of the hole but could not do it so finally my husband “bonked” him on his mouth with a wooden spoon to get enough pressure to unwedge him. He was stuck pretty bad – he had wedged himself tighter and tighter trying to swim forward to get out!
He had a hard time swimming after that and my husband held him up and floated him around to get oxygen in his gills so that he could breathe. It took him a couple of hours to recover but he ate his dinner that night. He had scales missing and a pretty bad indentation where he had been wedged in the rock. One of his feelers was broken and it later grew back starting at the broken part which looked really weird because the “old” feeler was still there so he ended up having a “forked” feeler. His scales eventually grew back but he had a permanent circle indentation around him.
My friend named him “Rocky” which I thought was a lot better than the name “Stupid Fish” that I had been calling him. Rocky died a couple of weeks ago, a victim of dropsy despite my best efforts to save him. However, that stupid fish will always hold a special place in my heart. He is buried outside of my office under a tree so that he can always be near. ”
Rocky Poore and a sad tale about a Rope fish…
“I had just purchased 2 rope fish and was very happy with them until i found out one of them was a moron. I woke up to find one of them missing. I looked in the tank thinking it was hiding but I found nothing. I began looking on the floor and I caught a glimpse of a tail sticking out from under my shelf. I figured it was dead looking at the way it was dry and sticking to the carpet. But then, lo and behold I saw it move its head the tiniest bit! I put it back in the tank and it began to swim around a bit. It spent most of the day resting and breathing abnormally and by the next day it had died.”