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2013-02-21 08:29:42 PM
Not really strange, subby. Goldfish can grow to be HUGE if they are in the right environment.  Problem is, most people kill them before they have the chance to grow
 
2013-02-21 08:31:21 PM
holy carp!
 
2013-02-21 08:31:48 PM

rhondajeremy: Not really strange, subby. Goldfish can grow to be HUGE if they are in the right environment.  Problem is, most people kill them before they have the chance to grow


Feasting on Fredo Corleone will do that to a fish . . .
 
2013-02-21 08:31:52 PM

rhondajeremy: Not really strange, subby. Goldfish can grow to be HUGE if they are in the right environment.  Problem is, most people kill them before they have the chance to grow


came here to point that out, Lake Tahoe is HUGE. I'm surprised the goldfish aren't bigger ;-)
 
2013-02-21 08:32:47 PM
Wait is that weird? We had foot long gold fish in our back yard pond. They were the ones you get from carnival that usually die in a week. Give them a pond and they can live for 3 years. I think Tim burton made a movie about it
 
2013-02-21 08:34:13 PM
lemon, butter, salt and pepper
 
2013-02-21 08:34:49 PM
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2013-02-21 08:36:36 PM
I thought once they grew to that size they were called koi?
 
2013-02-21 08:37:14 PM
Survival of the fittest, biatches
 
2013-02-21 08:38:45 PM

rhondajeremy: Not really strange, subby. Goldfish can grow to be HUGE if they are in the right environment.  Problem is, most people kill them before they have the chance to grow


Yup.

I had one in a 10 gallon tank I grew to about 5-6", nose to tip of tail. He lived for years. Had to bury the guy when he died.

It was funny to see the look on visitors' faces when they came in the house and saw that thing.
 
2013-02-21 08:39:04 PM

vodka: Survival of the fittest, biatches


And if someone dropped a lion into your house one day?
 
2013-02-21 08:40:16 PM

J. Frank Parnell: And if someone dropped a lion into your house one day?


The same applies.  More than likely the lion would run for it.  If not then there's always the 870 with slugs.
 
2013-02-21 08:40:59 PM
I feel like this story and this entire thread (up to this point) has been nothing but one big troll effort.  So congrats to you all!
 
2013-02-21 08:41:11 PM

Peki: I thought once they grew to that size they were called koi?


Nope. Koi and the different goldfish species are all varieties of carp but they are not the same species.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-21 08:41:22 PM
We had those in our little backyard pond when I was a kid. We brought home a baggie with three tiny goldfish from the pet store and dumped them in. In a few years we had a school of a doen or so monster goldfish.
 
2013-02-21 08:43:24 PM
And at your local zoo.
 
2013-02-21 08:43:32 PM
As pointed out earlier, it's a fu*king carp.  They can get huge.  Slow news day or stupid reporter?
 
2013-02-21 08:43:33 PM

catmandu: Peki: I thought once they grew to that size they were called koi?

Nope. Koi and the different goldfish species are all varieties of carp but they are not the same species.


Ty for clarification.
 
2013-02-21 08:45:04 PM
www.courier-journal.com

Anybody else read this as a kid?

/never feed him too much, never more than a spot
//or something may happen, you never know what!
 
2013-02-21 08:45:07 PM
www.wearysloth.com
 
2013-02-21 08:45:53 PM
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2013-02-21 08:46:11 PM
 
2013-02-21 08:46:16 PM
So Now I;m confused if there are foot long + fish in lake Tahoe how did the donner party starve?  What did they have better to do than go fishing?
 
2013-02-21 08:50:38 PM

stonelotus: holy carp!


Oh. My. Cod.
 
2013-02-21 08:51:10 PM
We picked up a feeder goldfish for a quarter to go in a free 30 gallon tank we acquired, and five years later the little fartknocker is almost 10" long. They can get big, indeed.

If I recall correctly, the traditional orange goldfish found in pet stores are a variant of the silver/gray Prussian Carp.
 
2013-02-21 08:53:22 PM

Maxor: So Now I;m confused if there are foot long + fish in lake Tahoe how did the donner party starve?  What did they have better to do than go fishing?


Indians did not dump their pet goldfish into Donner Lake. The Red man understood how invasive species could upset the natural balance of the fragile ecosystem, because of his spiritual link to the land.
 
2013-02-21 08:53:43 PM
There is nothing uncommon about this. A friend has a fishing lake and they put goldfish in as feeder fish when they were stocking it... three years later you might catch a nice bass or you might catch...

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The problem is that there is only one in the fishing pond and if we wanted we could catch it and toss it out. In Lake Tahoe they are reproducing...
 
2013-02-21 08:54:42 PM
i have a few fish and a pleco i need to dump. and really i just want to get rid of the whole fishy setup, tank and everything. but i'm so lazy...it seems like such a pain to find someone to take them. I don't blame people for thinking they can just put them in a lake.
 
2013-02-21 08:55:41 PM
Are they good eating?
 
2013-02-21 08:56:59 PM
FTA: "The arrival of the fish, which were probably dumped there by aquarium owners"

It's like these scientists are farking geniuses. How do they figure this stuff out?
 
2013-02-21 08:59:11 PM

Do the needful: FTA: "The arrival of the fish, which were probably dumped there by aquarium owners"

It's like these scientists are farking geniuses. How do they figure this stuff out?


Because there are other possibilities.  But don't let that get in the way of anti-intellectualism.
 
2013-02-21 08:59:53 PM

HMS_Blinkin: [www.courier-journal.com image 679x874]

Anybody else read this as a kid?

/never feed him too much, never more than a spot
//or something may happen, you never know what!


Yes!! Loved that book.
 
2013-02-21 09:00:41 PM

mrswood: i have a few fish and a pleco i need to dump. and really i just want to get rid of the whole fishy setup, tank and everything. but i'm so lazy...it seems like such a pain to find someone to take them. I don't blame people for thinking they can just put them in a lake.


Maybe most people have never been fishing but why not just cut off their heads? Bury them in your garden? Throw them in the woods and wild animals will eat them? Kill them and throw them in the garbage. Let your dog eat them? They are fish.

Why do people think that toilets are super magical tubes that automatically sort everything out when in reality they are a series of tubes that does go to a treatment station but eventually goes BACK TO YOUR WATER SUPPLY. So stop putting weird stuff in toilets please.
 
2013-02-21 09:00:50 PM
I buy those 35-cent Comet goldfish and put them in a 55-gallon pond in my front yard. They pretty quickly grow to 5-6 inches, and live for years.I don't even feed them except for occasional treats; they live on algae and bugs. And as long as the bacteria mix is correct (I use Microbe Lift), you don't need an aerator.

Usually a raccoon or a cat gets them, which is sad, but at least they weren't fed to an Oscar when they were babies.
 
2013-02-21 09:01:10 PM
There is a large lake that was created by a dam. That thing had gold fish easily three times that. You could tell because in the fall they would jump out of the water. When they bumped against the boat it felt like a rock.
 
2013-02-21 09:04:35 PM

MrHappyRotter: Do the needful: FTA: "The arrival of the fish, which were probably dumped there by aquarium owners"

It's like these scientists are farking geniuses. How do they figure this stuff out?

Because there are other possibilities.  But don't let that get in the way of anti-intellectualism.


Name one.
 
2013-02-21 09:07:00 PM

spidermilk: mrswood: i have a few fish and a pleco i need to dump. and really i just want to get rid of the whole fishy setup, tank and everything. but i'm so lazy...it seems like such a pain to find someone to take them. I don't blame people for thinking they can just put them in a lake.

Maybe most people have never been fishing but why not just cut off their heads? Bury them in your garden? Throw them in the woods and wild animals will eat them? Kill them and throw them in the garbage. Let your dog eat them? They are fish.

Why do people think that toilets are super magical tubes that automatically sort everything out when in reality they are a series of tubes that does go to a treatment station but eventually goes BACK TO YOUR WATER SUPPLY. So stop putting weird stuff in toilets please.



I don't want to kill them, I just want someone to come and take them humanely out of my house. of course i know not to put them in a lake, but some people, (me included) aren't interested in cutting their "pets" head off.
 
2013-02-21 09:12:00 PM
My co-worker found a tilapia while we were monitoring a fish trap. In Canada. We were like WTF? We got a little blurb in the paper and I drove it to the government offices for testing (we originally joked we were going to eat it). Literature says they don't survive in cold water, but it could have found a refuge near a cooling pipe. Or maybe we have a bunch of cold-resistant mutant tilapia in our waters right now, who knows.
 
2013-02-21 09:12:23 PM

ciberido: wichitaleaf: And at your local zoo.

Someone told me it's all happening at the zoo.


Thanks for that

/hadn't thought about that tune for years
 
2013-02-21 09:14:01 PM
I can't wait for my Koi pond to thaw. I miss watching them. I don't miss cleaning out the pond though. Awesome fish.
 
2013-02-21 09:16:48 PM

spidermilk: mrswood: i have a few fish and a pleco i need to dump. and really i just want to get rid of the whole fishy setup, tank and everything. but i'm so lazy...it seems like such a pain to find someone to take them. I don't blame people for thinking they can just put them in a lake.

Maybe most people have never been fishing but why not just cut off their heads? Bury them in your garden? Throw them in the woods and wild animals will eat them? Kill them and throw them in the garbage. Let your dog eat them? They are fish.

Why do people think that toilets are super magical tubes that automatically sort everything out when in reality they are a series of tubes that does go to a treatment station but eventually goes BACK TO YOUR WATER SUPPLY. So stop putting weird stuff in toilets please.


I worked at a WWTP for a while as a city electrician. The regular crew had a collection of things they'd found in the strainers

/dentures and a glass eye were weird
//a frikkin moray eel was weirder
 
2013-02-21 09:18:59 PM

MNguy: Are they good eating?


They're carp, so you would just follow the traditional recipe for cooking carp:

- Take 2-3 medium sized carp and pack them tight in topsoil mud.
- Wrap the mud in aluminum foil and bury them in either sand or clay earth
- Wait 2 days
- Dig up the packages, unwrap the foil and carefully split the now-dried mud from around the carp
- Throw the carp away. Eat the mud.
 
2013-02-21 09:20:59 PM

mrswood: spidermilk: mrswood: i have a few fish and a pleco i need to dump. and really i just want to get rid of the whole fishy setup, tank and everything. but i'm so lazy...it seems like such a pain to find someone to take them. I don't blame people for thinking they can just put them in a lake.

Maybe most people have never been fishing but why not just cut off their heads? Bury them in your garden? Throw them in the woods and wild animals will eat them? Kill them and throw them in the garbage. Let your dog eat them? They are fish.

Why do people think that toilets are super magical tubes that automatically sort everything out when in reality they are a series of tubes that does go to a treatment station but eventually goes BACK TO YOUR WATER SUPPLY. So stop putting weird stuff in toilets please.


I don't want to kill them, I just want someone to come and take them humanely out of my house. of course i know not to put them in a lake, but some people, (me included) aren't interested in cutting their "pets" head off.


Sorry I thought by dump you meant put them in a lake or something. You care for them enough that you don't want them to die, but you don't want to put up the effort of writing "Free Pleco and two other fish. Talk to Dave" on a piece of paper in your work breakroom. Sometimes if you go to the pet store and chat it up with the employees you will find one employee who loves X animal and would gladly take them to add to their colony. (bonus is that these people usually have a clue on how to take care of the animal...)
 
2013-02-21 09:24:05 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: spidermilk: mrswood: I worked at a WWTP for a while as a city electrician. The regular crew had a collection of things they'd found in the strainers

/dentures and a glass eye were weird
//a frikkin moray eel was weirder


Wow that is pretty funny. I work in wastewater which is why I'm so grumpy about water and about people treating drains as trash cans.
 
2013-02-21 09:28:53 PM

Do the needful: MrHappyRotter: Do the needful: FTA: "The arrival of the fish, which were probably dumped there by aquarium owners"

It's like these scientists are farking geniuses. How do they figure this stuff out?

Because there are other possibilities.  But don't let that get in the way of anti-intellectualism.

Name one.


Cranes eating out of KOI ponds get fish eggs on their feet and land in the lake where a few eggs survive and hatch.
 
2013-02-21 09:29:35 PM

vodka: J. Frank Parnell: And if someone dropped a lion into your house one day?

The same applies.  More than likely the lion would run for it.  If not then there's always the 870 with slugs.


I chuckled.

With us it'd be a crossfire of our pistols. That'd probably do the trick and we wouldn't have to go to the black rifles.
 
2013-02-21 09:29:42 PM

Do the needful: MrHappyRotter: Do the needful: FTA: "The arrival of the fish, which were probably dumped there by aquarium owners"

It's like these scientists are farking geniuses. How do they figure this stuff out?

Because there are other possibilities.  But don't let that get in the way of anti-intellectualism.

Name one.


Outdoor goldfish pond overflowed in a flash flood. Pet store truck overturned on a bridge. Fish survived trip through the plumbing after being flushed. Frat boy puked during pledge stunt.
 
2013-02-21 09:31:12 PM
Goldfish will grow to the size of their "tank", small tank, small fish, large tank, larger fish.
 
2013-02-21 09:33:55 PM
HMS_Blinkin: [www.courier-journal.com image 679x874]
  Anybody else read this as a kid?

/never feed him too much, never more than a spot
//or something may happen, you never know what!


Fark yeah!
 
2013-02-21 09:35:48 PM

mrswood: i have a few fish and a pleco i need to dump. and really i just want to get rid of the whole fishy setup, tank and everything. but i'm so lazy...it seems like such a pain to find someone to take them. I don't blame people for thinking they can just put them in a lake.


Often times a pet store will buy fish from you if they have grown a bit.
 
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