A new addition to the family


A goldfish We were at a travelling fairground that had sprung up in a local park and were having a great afternoon and I gave the children a pound each to have a go at one of the stalls. I was watching my little one desperately trying to hook a dart when I heard Taylor (my nine year old son) whooping with glee!

He had managed to spear three separate playing cards with three separate darts and was proudly choosing himself a goldfish! I've never really been a fishy fan and didn't think you were even allowed to give them away at fairs anymore but he was so pleased that I didn't have the heart to tell him he couldn't keep it.

It was quite late by the time we got home, luckily our local supermarket sold fish food, which I thought was amazing and little King (the fish) settled down for the night in my mixing bowl. It was honestly a really ragged-looking thing and we didn't hold out much hope for it lasting the night.

The whole gang We have now got it a proper home and because he looked so lonely so little fishy friends, Sparkle, Twinkle and Bob! They have fresh plants in the tank and we've made sure that the water is treated and oxygenated for them too.

That pound for the sidestall turned out to be the most expensive pound I've ever spent and lots of people have said that goldfish die quite quickly so any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Yours fishily,


  1. Iris July 5, 2009 at 9:59 am -  Reply

    Hello Jilly,
    I was interested to read about your new fishy friends. When my son was 11 he wanted gold fish, so I bought two with all the paraphernalia to keep them happy. When my son left home at 19 the fish stayed with me.
    Last year they died within a few months of each other at the age of 31. I have been told that the world record is 44years. I still find myself looking towards the corner of the room where they used to live, I really miss them. They knew when their feeding time was and used to wait at the surface in the same corner of their tank each evening.
    Yours fishily,

  2. Sue Kemp July 16, 2009 at 12:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Jilly
    My son won a couple of Goldfish at a fair in Leigh on Sea, he must have been around 7 when he was 9 we and the fish moved to Scotland, my husband ferrying the fish in a large dustbin in the back of a van all the way to Aberdeenshire from Essex, those Goldfish lived very happily in the North East of Scotland for another 12 years and we were very sorry when they passed away. A nice aerated tank and weed and they are happy I think those kept in the little bowls are the ones that dont make it.
    good luck

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