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March 1, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

No more fin for yourself

Ever worry about fish?

They may have mastered mindfulness completely. Totally OK to go with the flow. Que Sera Sera.

Judging from the expressions of those in giant aquariums where you can get eyeball to eyeball, they never blink.

Still, at some level they are bound to know when they aren’t in deep water and things aren’t going well.

Pet Fish adoption center. No Kill Animal shelter for unwanted fish in the Discovery Center. (San Marcos Community Services FB)

“Need a new home for your pet fish? Don’t use the San Marcos River – use the Discovery Center fish pond at 430 Riverside Drive. We feed our fish weekly and your pet will not become someone’s lunch. The pond is heated during the winter to keep your pet fish alive. Come see us!”(San Marcos Community Services FB)

What happens when…

A fish has gotten just too full of himself: becomes an anti-social bully or worse, a murderer?

The family moves and leaves the fish behind. Neighbors will hear an abandoned dog barking. A “forgotten” cat simply sniffs and says, “They were not worthy anyway” and auditions new staff. But nobody notices the big eyed panic as the tank’s oxygen and fish food runs out.

 The lucky ones in decorative outdoor ponds have more of a chance – as long as it rains as needed, there are hiding places from predators, and there’s enough warmth during the winter cold spells.

Not like they can pack up their bubbles and go fin for themselves.

Finally the fin plight is finis! – At least in one place. (Video story)

The San Marco River has been an unwanted pet fish dumping spot for years. “Look, Honey, he’s swimming off. He’ll love it here. Now get in the car.”

Well, Nemo and his friends aren’t gonna find love there: Non-native/invasive species pet fish damage the river’s delicate environmental balance. If river volunteers net them, it ain’t gonna end well.

So recognizing a need, a drop off, no  kill, fish shelter has been created at the San Marcos Discovery Center (Video story). Think of it as the safe, legal place to leave unwanted babies like at local fire stations here. (OK. Fire and water are opposites, but results are the same.)

Ah, if fish could talk. But they don’t. Enlightened enough to know bears, raccoons, and cats don’t need any location assistance.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Dog in red raincoat. (© image, all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Molly wanted to show off her new raincoat. Yes, I finally broke down – the washer and dryer can just handle so many soggy, muddy, towels. It appears it is going to rain forevermore. Aquaman may soon actually be a reality. Be kind to fish, just in case.(©image)




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  1. easyweimaraner / Mar 1 2019 10:13 am

    maybe you meet some fishies on your walks when the rain stays with you?


  2. Ally Bean / Mar 1 2019 1:29 pm

    I’ve never seen a pet fish drop-off pond before. I feel like my life is complete now. Great idea, but trying to make sense of how it’s come to this. I mean I get why you don’t put the pet fish in the San Marco River, but how did we as a society get to the point where we needed something like this? Rhetorical question, no answer needed.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 1 2019 2:40 pm

      The San Marcos River/wetlands are fairly pristine and back to what it should be after a lot of effort by the state, local environmental groups.
      But like most places, many people wail and fret over pollution and save the environment – until it inconveniences them or is too much trouble – or nobody’s looking or applauding. As you said “how did we get to this place”?
      As a kid, our goldfish always died natural deaths in the bowl or was invited to live in a neighbor’s backyard pond. I have to admit kid’s carnival gold fish outgrew 3 tanks until I’d had enough (and couldn’t face keeping him on a diet to control his growth…he kept looking at me…never blinked!!!) so we somehow managed to transport him to a brand new arboretum not far away with an empty natural fish pond with plenty of mosquitoes landing. Worked for us (otherwise I have no doubt we’d have had a giant fish tank in the garage with the car parked outside…just try to sell a house like that?)
      Thanks for adding to the fish tales

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Mar 1 2019 3:30 pm

    I have a pond with fish. The goldfish variety and they…ummm…spawn. A lot. There is no soft Barry White music with wine glasses but they spawn anyway. I’ve given some away but nature seems to have a way to balance things. Every year, some new babies are born and some others disappear. Maybe that beautiful blue heron who visits occasionally comes for lunch and not just for a photo shoot. I’ve often wondered what people do who close up ponds. Maybe they put them in the river. Our local pond store will take excess fish back for their display ponds.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 1 2019 5:04 pm

      It seems that outside pond owners are less likely to need fish rescue squads – a collection of natural predators do a pretty good job around here trimming the fin schools.
      Sounds like the local pond store realizes most people want to relocate fish appropriately.
      There’s a couple of very endangered fish/critter species that are only found in the San Marcos area – and everyone would prefer the little fragile ones not have to worry about piraña, scum bottom feeders, or gold fish on steroids.
      I got such a laugh over the no kill fish rescue pond with memories of one “free” carnival goldfish that kept growing, and growing, and growing. It eventually went to a brand new arboretum that was opening near us. We visited. He got even bigger – and happier there.
      Thanks for adding a fishy remark

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  4. shoreacres / Mar 1 2019 4:29 pm

    I cruised through San Marcos on Tuesday. I’d gotten so heartily sick of rain and fog that when I saw the forecast for Kerrville was for sunshine and warm, I hit the road and went to visit a friend (hence, the bluebonnets). If I’d known about this, I could have made a stop and been your intrepid on-scene reporter. It’s really a good idea, since they have such a sensitive environment, and those special fish they’re trying to protect.

    No fish here, but I did go bouncing down the stairs this morning and very nearly stepped on one of hte biggest possums I’ve ever seen. Cue hisses, bared teeth, snarls, and general possum panic. I backed off, and the critter headed off into the shrubbery. The lawn crew was here today, and I suspect the poor thing was disturbed by the trimmers and mowers. Wild Kingdom lives.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 1 2019 4:55 pm

      It is so not fair you found sun. (The real estate ads for central TX are looking better – watched this darn fog rolling in again from Kemah just after lunch. It is officially a weak El Nino pattern…hopefully won’t go through all summer as it brings wetter than usual seasons/ more severe Spring thunder storms…looking up ark you tube instructions…)
      Night before last there was definitely a skunk somewhere very close – Molly and RC were going from window to window being very vocal about not being allowed out…animals have been huddled down form all the rain and maybe using the short warmer/ less wet time to scrounge up food. Nothing is as funny as an energized possum. That one’s still probably mumbling about your rude behavior…or if yours is a good choice for raising a family?
      Get out while you can – next week looks grim
      Thanks for netting a comment to toss in this pond

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      • shoreacres / Mar 1 2019 4:56 pm

        I actually got some work done today. I’m at the point where I could care less about the cold. I just want the fog and rain to go bye-bye.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 1 2019 5:08 pm

          It wasn’t too bad – we’ve managed 3 good walks today., The back yard is a swamp on one side and mud flat on the other…hoping for one sunny day with low humidity so the floor mats could get washed and dried outside…afraid to look at how much dirt is lining to those fibers…
          Cold with sun would be fine – super fine!

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  5. LordBeariOfBow / Mar 2 2019 8:58 pm

    I really like fish…………..;

    ……………………….especially with chips.


  6. RKLikesReeses / Mar 8 2019 7:34 am

    I feel so bad for fish. 😦

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 8 2019 7:58 am

      So beautiful. So resigned to fate. Maybe they really have mastered mindfulness and “being there”. (The local neighborhood fish fret mostly about visiting raccoons, egrets, and an occasional cat taking an outdoor vacation )

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  7. The Hook / Mar 9 2019 9:05 am

    Aquaman is one of my favorite super heroes (yeah, I said it) so I think fish of all varieties rock.

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