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Extraordinary measures

By Leonard Ho - Posted Sep 12, 2016 09:00 AM
Conker is the adorable ranchu goldfish and beloved pet of 21-year-old, Emma March. When Conker was found choking on a large pebble, Emma rushed him to the vet to save his life.
Extraordinary measures

Rocks are not food, silly Conker.

We love stories about fishkeepers going above and beyond for fish in distress.  Emma is one such champion. Her ranchu goldfish, Conker, accidentally ate a 8mm pebble that got stuck in his throat.  Try as he may, Conker couldn't spit out (or pass) the obstruction, which made it difficult for him to breathe and impossible for him to eat.

Emma rushed Conker to her local vet, Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Services.  There, the good doctors anesthetized the goldfish and carefully extracted the pebble, saving Conker's life.  The entire treatment  (anesthesia, extraction, and overnight observation) cost Emma $500 AUS.  That's a lot of money to save a goldfish.  But as pet owners, we know the lives of our loved ones are priceless.

Live long and prosper, Conker.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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