A few weeks before Christmas, my friend Anna rang me with one of her more unusual requests. Could we house her boyfriend Andrew’s two goldfish (at that stage contained to life in a small tank with bright blue pebbles and a plastic plant)?
Our fish pond is in a large pot, bustling full of elodea, a water lilly and grasses. It is one of my favourite parts of the back yard. We sit on the bench seat next to the pond and unwind, watching the fish graze on algae, listening to the water trickle through the bamboo water feature. I find watching fish soothing. I have never had a fish prior to these, and I am pleased we included a water feature into the back yard design. We purchased a large terracotta pot for the pond, and made a bamboo water feature. Pretty simple and elegant (and beats digging a massive hole and filling it with plastic and concrete).
Anna and Andrew bought said fish over, both rather large in size. Andrew released his fish into the pond and watch anxiously hoping they would make the transition comfortably. One pale gold in colour, and the other speckled with light grey, white and orange splashes Andrew noted that they seemed dull in colour compared to the fish currently in the pond.
Yesterday Anna and Andrew were over with friends and they both couldn’t believe in the change in colour in Andrew’s goldfish. It would have been 6 weeks at the most that we have inherited these fish.
The orange fish is a stronger orange colour, and the speckled fish has black where it was once grey, and deep orange colours (I thought they looked brighter, but not knowing the two fish that well beforehand I wasn’t sure). Andrew and Anna on the other hand where almost shocked at the change in appearance. Anna said she almost feels guilty having seen this transition, that they were once kept in a small tank with it’s fake plastic plant and bright blue pebbles.
My fish diet mostly on algae and elodea, and I only feed my fish the smallest amount of food twice a week.
It just shows you what some sunshine, natural food and a healthy environment can do!
This makes me wonder about how most of the food we eat is grown, and whether it has been given the natural food, sunshine and space it needs to be as healthy as our goldfish.