November 04, 2003
When BAD Oscars get worse

Oscar was being a bit weird today. Much weirder than normal.

This morning he was thrashing around in his tank, attempting to jump out of the small holes in the back where the filter and heater attach. Out of curiosity and to make sure he was not actually dying (yeah right), I got up to check him. As I got close to the tank, I kept hearing this odd buzzing noise. Turn off the filter pump... no, thats not it. Turn off the light. Nope not it. Turn off the heater...oh shit!

The F*&cker broke the heater! He apparently got so angry at it that he decided the best thing to do was to kill it. Kill it good! Oscar managed to beat the heater so hard he created a 4 inch crack running up the heating tube. It went all the way around, meaning the bottom was ready to flat fall off.

Ok, first, disconnect heater then fish (ha!) it out of the tank (don't want to get electrocuted). As I pulled it out of the tank, the entire bottom fell off with a "ploonk". DAMN FISH! That was a $25 heater!

I did remember at one point a fellow oscar lover said that sometimes they get mad at heaters because of the red light. This heater, of course, had a red light. When he was the size of a quarter, his attempts at aquarium appliance homicide were amusing. Now that he's the size of a softball, things aren't so damned funny.

After safely removing the heater from the tank, I turned to put it in the sink to drain before tossing it. Suddenly, I hear even more thrashing and splashing. That damned Oscar was trying to get at the telephone next to the tank! He proceeded to get all "in your face" at it through the glass. Hmm... how to describe five pounds of pissed off trout wannabe. Lets just say if he had arms and a switchblade he would've been waving the knife at our defenseless phone going, "You talkin' ta me? You talkin' ta me?!?". Very strage. Normally his psychotic attacks are limited to the stuff in the tank. I look at the phone and notice, sure enough, it has a red light, blinking away at its base.

Scott will be on the fish's side with this one. He thinks I use the phone too much already.

Now I am on a quest to find a heater with NO light. And a phone with no light. Gotta remember to make sure Olivia never has a red light too.

Anyone have any suggestions on the heater?

Posted by Ellen at November 04, 2003 03:31 PM

eMail this entry!

Guess you should keep the camera away from him too.

You could put a piece of white tape over the blinking lights (temporary fix anyway).

Posted by: Cindy on November 4, 2003 09:14 PM

Ok, Robert said that they make ones without lights and it is in the top. Or yo can take the tube off and remove the light. He said that they are designed to be able to remove the tube.If you have a large filter, you can put the heater in the filter.
That is one fish with a tude man.

Posted by: Lisa on November 5, 2003 09:32 PM

get a titanium heater from big als online

Posted by: clark on December 1, 2003 04:16 PM

These fish are crazy. Ask your aquarium dealer for a heater guard. It's a mesh cage that protects the heater, a la The Blues Brothers.

Posted by: John LeGarde on March 6, 2004 02:24 AM

I got one now! :)

Posted by: Ellen on March 6, 2004 04:06 AM
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