YOU HAVE Go!
By Jim E. Quarles
As related in an article before this one, I explained that I have now
set up a microphone on some of my fish tanks to record the sounds discus
make under tank conditions.
I run a slow speed tape recorder and check results every twenty four
hours. Most of the time all I hear is air bubbling through the water, or a
filter pump running. But this morning, I was amazed when I found the
following on the recorder.
Mother and father discus were it appears explaining to the children
what their life cycle was likely to be. And believe me it upset me as much
as it did the young discus I was about to sell!!
Father discus said "children" you have reached the age where
our keeper Jim will have to ship you to new owners very soon. One of the
children spoke up and said over the bubbling noise of the filter, but
father we don't want to go. We like it here, it is nice and safe. We have
lots of good food to eat and the family is altogether and happy now.
Mother discus said Jr. we know you're happy here, and Jim takes very
good care of us all, but you can see we can't all live in this tank, and
you're growing faster everyday.
One of the little girl discus spoke and said, mother we know, but won't
Jim just move us to a larger tank like before? Father discus said I am
sorry but that may not be the case this time for you see you have reached
what is known as salable age and size!
What does that mean many voices asked? Mother discus said, children it
breaks my heart to tell you this but Jim makes something he calls money by
selling discus. I am not sure exactly what money is but it seems very
important!! Your father and I have not told you this before now because
you were and may be too young to understand. You children are not our
first born. Before you hatched out on the white cone over their we had
other children! Lots of other children, and when they reach your age and
size Jim sold them for that thing called Money. The young adult children
at first seemed bewildered, then some started to get angry. Then one of
the stronger young discus spoke up. I don't want to go anywhere, I was
talking to that nice couple next door, you know Mr-Mrs. Snakeskin. Mr.
Snakeskin told me that when he was young he was sold like that and to some
jerk who kept him in dirty water! Can you believe that, dirty water? He
also told me that if you get sold never show any signs of being out of
sorts even for a little while, you have to be bright, beautiful and eat
like a pig all the time. If you don't, the jerk who owns you will start
dumping all kinds of foul chemicals in on you. Dad is that story true?
Son I am sorry to say it is true far to often. Only about 2% of the
people who have discus like us really know our simple requirements. The
other 98% are indeed slow learners, they mean well and try very hard to
understand you but you see they often times take advice from other jerks
who think they know more than they do. But giveing bum information makes
them seem smart to others, so you have to suffer children.
Mama discus spoke up and said, now when dinner time comes to night, I
want you all to really stuff yourselves because when you're sold you may
never get the right kind of food again. Some people just don't " Get
Hearing all this made me so sad. I decided this family shall not be
That way they can be sure to avoid the jerks out there.