So, back in March (seven months ago; I'll save you the math) I brought a couple of new family members into my home - Auralia and Blanquita. Rescued goldfish from the feeder tank, as some of you might remember, and Blanquita didn't last the first 48 hours before she went off to fish heaven. She was quickly replaced (after a suitable mourning period, but before Auralia could get too lonely) with Platita, and the two of them have lived healthy, ostensibly happy lives on the windowsill in my bathroom since then.
Until tonight.
Fed them this afternoon, as always, and they seemed their usual frisky selves. Cleaned the bowl a couple of days ago, like I do every week (it's a smallish bowl) and neither added nor subtracted anything. The seaweed's still alive and pumping out oxegyn, even, but for some reason - sometime in the last couple of hours - they both took a turn for the worse. Was in the bathroom, moments ago, and both were floating on the surface. Platita still wriggled a bit as I fished her out and transferred her to the container where they hang while I'm cleaning the bowl, but that was just the last throes of whatever it was. They're both gone.
Marybones, back when I first adopted the gals, talked about BladeRunner fish, with pre-set expiration dates. Maybe that's what it was? Nothing else changed, from last week to this - same bowl, same food, same plants and toy and gravel, fresh water but the same source. No idea what it was, but it must have been something. Took 'em both, at the same time, so I'm going to assume it was my fault.

But I'm choosing not to focus on that aspect of it all; instead I'm going to remember that, were it not for me, they'd have never lived the last seven months at all. They'd have died horribly in ther jaws of a turtle or a baby alligator or some other fish-loving predator, instead of swimming happily in a comfortable bowl with regular feedings.
I'll pick up a couple more tomorrow, and we'll see how long THEY last.

Life Continues, Despite
Evidence to the Contrary
Steven
Well, the reason that happened is obviously one of the following:

a. The butler did it.
b. You were pranked by Ashton Kutcher.
c. The fish were dead the whole time. (You see dead fishes.)

d. You've been dead the whole time. (The fish see dead people.)

e. It was all a dream.
f. The one fish woke up next to Suzanne Pleshette.

g. There is no spoon.
h. You accidentally left "Dancing Queen" by ABBA on repeat while you were at work.
i. You accidentally left "Gigli" on TV while you were at work.

j. Jar-Jar Binks.
k. Carrot Top.
l. The two fish were aging in different directions, and the remaining one will now become younger and younger.
m. No matter how many times she told you her name was Wanda, you kept calling her Aurelia.
n. They saw "Nemo" and were hoping you would flush them.

o. Liver poisoning. After all, she drank like a fish.

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We've had several pets that trotted/swam/slinked/crawled over to the other side, but, strangely, the only time my son ever shed a tear was for a couple fish we had had for about four years. And we had the same experience as you in that they both went at the same time. We did not, however, have the coming-back-from-the-dead experience.
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We've had several pets that trotted/swam/slinked/crawled over to the other side, but, strangely, the only time my son ever shed ... experience as you in that they both went at the same time. We did not, however, have the coming-back-from-the-dead experience.

...and the one that returned from the dead now has the ability to heal other fish...
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