So I had completely decided on a new fish: a lovely calico butterfly telescope with fantastic oversized eyes. When I went to pick him up, though, I kept getting pulled as if by a magnet to the bubble eye tank, and came home with one of them too. Oops!
This is the first time I've ever had a bubble eye, and I've been keeping goldfish since the late 1980s. I think it's probably the only commonly-available variety I've never kept before. I've had ranchus, orandas, fantails, ryukins, teles, pearlscales, and even commons and comets. But never a bubble eye.
Why? Because I've always been convinced their sacs would deflate on me within 5 minutes of arriving home.
So now I'm running to the tank every few seconds, it seems, terrified that I'll find the new guy's bubbles in tatters. I thought fish keeping was supposed to be a relaxing hobby?
I do have gravel, which I've read isn't ideal for BEs. I'm minimizing the tank decor, though, and pulling out a couple beloved pieces in the interest of eye sac safety. I put a sponge on the filter intake too. So I've got my fingers crossed that this will work out OK.
He's so adorable I can hardly stand it:
Those ridiculous bubbles just slay me.