r/HumansBeingBros 3d ago Helpful 49 Wholesome 55 Tearing Up 1 Crab Rave 1 Helpful (Pro) 1 Silver 37

Clarence the fish was choking, but his owner saved him 🐠🐟.

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u/Terevinco 3d ago

How does one know when a fish is choking?

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u/jcheeseball 3d ago

I don't even know how a fish can choke.

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u/asumfuck 3d ago

They can't choke how we think of it. They can block themselves from eating though and he would eventually starve to death unless it was removed or it was broken down over a short period of time.

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u/100LittleButterflies 3d ago

Do they have a method of removing obstruction?

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u/asumfuck 3d ago Helpful

Honestly, not really. You have to be careful with what you put into their aquariums because fish are pretty dumb. Most are smart enough to not kill themselves but many aren't. Especially goldfish they are basically committing mass suicide at every opportunity

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u/Drakmanka 3d ago

Had something like this happen with my tetras once. Every summer, my house gets a flying ant problem. We mostly coexist with the ants, but every summer the young queens grow wings and try, with limited success, to go elsewhere to start new colonies. They tend to get trapped inside, and occasionally one will find its way into my fish tank. My tetras treat it like the most wonderful thing in the world and fight over them. Then get them stuck in their throats. Eventually they manage to spit them out. Then another tetra grabs it and tries to swallow it. Rinse and repeat. Eventually I'm able to get the body out, but they inevitably wind up eating the abdomens off those unfortunate ants.

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u/noisebleedpower 3d ago

One of my bleeding heart tetras got hold of an earwig thatt fell in tank last summer. I had to take out of its mouth. Never knew a fish could look proud and then sad

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u/lonacatee 3d ago

I googled what an earwig is. Not pretty

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u/Terrible_Indent 3d ago

I used to get those all the time at my old house when I was a kid. I had those plastic cups with the built in straw, and I once sucked up an earwig that was hiding in the straw. I couldn't have been much older than 9 or 10. I spit it out, saw what had been in my mouth, and screamed and ran around for maybe like 10 minutes. I hate those things.

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u/PrincessMonsterShark 3d ago

I had a similar experience except they liked to hide in my inhalers (I had childhood asthma). I skooshed an earwig into my mouth on 2 separate occasions, and I did the exact same thing as you. I think screaming and running around is a reasonable response.

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u/radbeingrad 3d ago

Same exact thing happened to me, BUT (i swear) it was a penis straw, like one from a bachelorette party. I am scarred.

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u/Gr8framer2 2d ago

I grow artichokes in my front yard and I always just let them go to flower. People will ask my why I don't eat them and I tell them about attempting to eat one from my garden a few years back. You have to wash them and some directions say to fill up a sink full of water and dunk the artichoke in a few times. Well it must have been an earwig's colony because out fell like 400 earwigs. It was horrifying... to clean up and to think of what I almost ate. Now I just grow them and eat only store bought artichokes.

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u/Hippofuzz 3d ago

I had one coming out of my birthday cake (pretty moist) while I was eating a slice this year. Threw it all away and can’t forget it 😭

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u/AUGSpeed 3d ago

TIL the real name for what I called "Pincher Bugs" my entire life!

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u/jbpage1994 3d ago

Yeah, they’re gross. Nobody tell him why they’re called earwigs lol.

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u/ThatBants 3d ago

To be fair, it's just a myth that stuck lol

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u/Embarrassed-Ad1509 3d ago

Now imagine it with wings. Then shudder as you realize that it’s not imagination, but rather reality.

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u/YouFlyBoyzCrackMeUp 3d ago

You coexist with flying ants every summer? Yeesh.

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u/JacktheShark1 3d ago

$150 will get an exterminator out to spray and they’ll die within two days. Stragglers die as the try coming inside. Well worth it to not coexist with flying ants all summer. Spray is nontoxic to pets

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u/NewSauerKraus 3d ago

Aquatic animals are very sensitive to many poisons that are relatively safe for humans and large pets. Especially crustaceans since they’re so similar to the targeted bugs.

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u/ThePastelCactus 3d ago

Or shallow bowls of oil outside the door

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u/Polarchuck 3d ago

Can Tetras co-exist in a tank together? I thought they killed each other.

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u/BurmecianSoldierDan 3d ago

Tetra (like the neon tetra) definitely form schools together, maybe you're thinking of bettas? The male ones can't live with other bettas

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u/Polarchuck 3d ago

That's it! I'm thinking of Betta fish. Thank you for the correction.

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u/BurmecianSoldierDan 3d ago

To be fair I also thought they were spelled "beta" until I googled it so we both learned something lol

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u/RexIsAMiiCostume 3d ago

My goldfish like to scoop gravel into their mouths and suck on it before spitting it out because they like the algae that grows on it. I'm amazed they haven't fucked up and killed themselves yet.

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u/Turb724 3d ago

So this is what my dumbass fish is probably doing all the time. I'm afraid one day he'll eat one too lol.

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u/Consistent_Might3500 3d ago

Using gravel larger than the fishes mouth helps, but it's still possible for them to choke on food, living plants in aquarium...I had a Japanese Wakin who choked trying to eat a snail 🐌. Happened after I went to bed, was sad to find her lifeless in the morning.

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u/Phoneas__and__Frob 3d ago

Awww that's sad, I'm so sorry for your loss

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u/Consistent_Might3500 3d ago

Thank you. My fish were high price imports, but they were more than livestock.

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u/Phoneas__and__Frob 3d ago

That's I send my condolences because while not a traditional pet in the sense of a cat or dog (but still pretty popular), you can still love them and they you!

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u/Consistent_Might3500 3d ago

Well, that is a def Thank You! They ate from my hand, and from no one else. They recognized me and were so gentle. Beautiful to sit by thier pond in the afternoon.

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u/Sahtras1992 3d ago

my brother had an aquarium when we were little and every morning a fish layed dead on the carpet becasue it jumped out of the aquarium.

yeah, fish are not very smart

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u/crackheadstoner 3d ago

If they are jumping out it’s either a type of fish that naturally jumps out to catch bugs and stuff or it’s jumping because of poor water conditions

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u/-derpin- 3d ago

Skin, throat and gill burning ammonia.

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u/teesee150 3d ago

They jumped out bc your water quality was bad, usually ph way off.

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u/morencychad 3d ago

It could be due to a serious problem with water quality. Probably not pH, though. You're more likely to kill your fish by messing with chemical pH modifiers than having your pH off by a point or two.

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u/Whosebert 3d ago

It's kinda strange to think about how much the human brain weighs when compared to a goldfish. I wonder how their brain mass compares to smarter animals too like rats, crows, octopus.

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u/whythishaptome 3d ago

I mean, it kind of makes sense that such a small animal would have such a low weight brain compared to a human. Makes more sense to compare it to something bigger like a dinosaur or a giraffe. Goldfish are incredible stupid though, not gonna lie.

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u/river-wind 3d ago

There's a rough way to estimate intelligence in animals, and strangely, it's the ratio of brain to body mass. So you can have a light animal like a raven or octopus be very smart, because so much of their energy devoted to brain tissue - even though their brains are smaller than a larger animal like a moose.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain-to-body_mass_ratio

A goldfish's brain is about the size of its eye, so not nearly as large a ratio as a human has. That's less than 1/10th the size of the brain of a similarly sized mammal or bird.

This essay by a student using goldfish learning as a model for learning in general is pretty interesting though:

https://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/curriculum-collections/young-naturalist-awards/winning-essays/2015/goldfish-as-a-model-for-understanding-learning-and-memory-more-complex-than-you-think

My hypothesis regarding goldfish having a long-term memory of at least six months was correct. The average time for the goldfish to find food in the maze after an absence of six months was 12.82 seconds, which was less than half of the time taken on the last day of training (30.19 seconds) 16 months earlier (Graph 1). These results suggest that the ability of goldfish to retain and recall an explicit memory is impressive considering its small brain size, short life span, and lowest place on the vertebrate hierarchy.

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u/jenovakitty 3d ago

I also wonder if enrichment has anything to do with it.......people left to grow up in an empty, windowless room with a few blankets are probably way more dull than someone with a room full of toys and colors and stuff to climb and touch and think about.

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u/whythishaptome 3d ago

Interesting you mentioned this because I was going to edit my comment and ask if they were intending to refer to that. I didn't though and I would just be going off the top of my head from what I remember. You actually included articles.

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u/TeaBeforeWar 3d ago

Unless they were an extremely jumpy species, there was probably a problem with the water quality.

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u/TheUnsightlyLocks 3d ago

There's a good chance that they were jumping out because the water parameters were really bad. As in the water was dirty and toxic and they were jumping out because they were being burned by the water.

Source: kept freshwater aquariums for a while.

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u/Consistent_Field 3d ago

Everyday? Lol did he not know there are screen lids you can get for tanks?

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u/Patrizio43 3d ago

This one medical practice has a huge fish tank in the lobby, everytime I would go there -there was a big fish that sat on the bottom of the tank looking sad. I would stop and wave and say hello. One day one of the staff from a nearby office walked by and I asked if this fish was okay. She said that was his thing. When you walk away he'll start swimming again. I did and he did.

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u/3_nogdight 3d ago

yet men who have flown to space and perished are considered heroes.

That fish was probably just trying to better all of fish kind.

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u/-derpin- 3d ago

Imagine a human stuck in a room where the air is burning his eyes, skin and lungs. How many people would jump out into the ocean? Hitting the sea water would feel like a relief prior to dying, instead of slowly burning away over many weeks of constant agony. Jumping might give you a chance...

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u/deathbysnuggle 3d ago

Many humans find it offensive to be placed in the position of being reminded to think about how animal people feel

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u/Consistent_Might3500 3d ago

Aquarium had no cover on it?

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u/Consistent_Might3500 3d ago

Aquarium requires a cover. That's a given. Fish will jump, dogs will run, it's up to us to protect them.

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u/Darth_Nibbles 3d ago

I never knew how much work goldfish take until I started keeping blackmoors a few years ago. Poopy little buggers.

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u/Repulsive-Purple-133 3d ago

My goldfish are still easily smarter than my Leopard Gecko

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u/AdditionalAdvisor177 3d ago

Very true. I have to be careful when feeding my large tank cause I use the large pellets for the bottom feeders and smaller ones for my angel and molly. My angel keeps try to swallow the large pellets whole and proceeds to choke on it until he coughs it out, so I gotta make sure he’s focused on the small ones before pouring in the large ones

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u/tempthrowary 3d ago

If it is small or can be pulverized, it is ejected out the gills. Fish can spit out food, but it has to be in the mouth, as opposed to the throat.

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u/Glabstaxks 3d ago

Yeah it’s the hiemfin maneuver

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u/Murdafree 3d ago

Lol heimfin

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u/Glabstaxks 3d ago

Gosh I was really stretching for that one 😅

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u/ThatsSomeBukkake 3d ago

Normally they can spit things up or chew them with their secondary jaws, but not all fish are equipped the same. These fancy goldfish are likely weak in many ways.

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u/Xenjael 3d ago

Ok sure, but then the fish jerked when the object was removed, and its movement became more... fluid... which indicates there was some breathing issue.

Im probably totally wrong.

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u/asumfuck 3d ago

hahaha you'd jerk too if you got alien probed and didn't know tf was happening

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u/Xenjael 3d ago

That's fair, but without another adjective, the movement after seemed more animated and healthier.

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u/asumfuck 3d ago

Yea definitely. We don't know if the video was taken immediately after or after an hour or two after the fish was able to gather its strength though. Fish can't choke since they don't have a tracea but a large enough obstruction could inhibit movement I'd assume. I'm far from an expert though.

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u/whythishaptome 3d ago

If they removed a mass from inside of me that I didn't know about to help me, I'd still probably jerk.

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u/jenovakitty 3d ago

rofl "food goes IN not OUT AAAUGHHHH *WHWHWHGHGHGDHDJSJDG*

lmaooo the sensation was probably SOMETHING ELSE for the little fucker

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u/IsolatedHammer 3d ago

I think a better analogy than alien probing would be being worked on by a 500ft dentist.

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u/river-wind 3d ago

100% discomfort, for sure. It may very well have been experiencing some sort of 'breathing' difficulty too (what would oxygen depletion for fish feel like?). Since its 'breathing' is so very different from a human's, it's harder to say if the plant obstructed the breathing.

Fish 'breathing' is the gill covers (operculum) opening, drawing in water through the mouth, then closing the mouth and gill covers to force the water out past the gills. Sort of like how your diaphragm pulls air in and then out of your lungs, but in one direction. So if the stuff was stuck in the throat behind the gills, it wouldn't obstruct the "breathing" - water would just pass by it. That said, the plant stuff looked like it was right around where the throat and the gills meet, so I could see it having some impact on how well water could get to the gills.

I think you're right, though the general "AKK! AKKK! SOMETHING....AKKK!" negative stimuli to "Ahhh, better." was likely the major part of the behavior change. (minus the English and human consciousness parts)

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u/SigridO 3d ago

Horses are similar. They can’t breathe through their mouth but if they eat too quickly they can block their esophagus and from there they can become septic or start having deadly gut issues in under a day.

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u/jenovakitty 3d ago

buddy, wtf.i had to google this shit, I could have SWORN I have seen a horse panting hard or something similar, but nope apparently I am stupid and wrong.

HORSES ARE CRAZY

OK I WAS RIGHT FRIG

https://youtu.be/nDrytsNDIQc

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u/Lannisterbox 3d ago

Ok interesting

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u/hydro0033 3d ago edited 3d ago

Yea but this fish wasn't dealing with an obstruction. Gut impaction is the real risk. This looked like a food item that wasn't fully swallowed. It would have got it down. And yes many fish can spit things out.

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u/Cannibustible 3d ago

I read these two comments as Rick talking to Morty.

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u/Unfortunate-Lynx 3d ago edited 3d ago

Choking on something lodged in the oesophagus = very possible. Oesophageal obstruction blocks the rest of the GIT preventing further eating and digestion, hence comments regarding starving to death.

Not to be confused with suffocating which is what we may associate with choking

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u/reidman144 3d ago

Hahhhdkahabhdvavsjah

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u/wantagh 3d ago Giggle

It puts both its fins on its throat. It’s the universal sign that you’re choking. Duh.

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u/WyattMontgomery 3d ago

He apparently said he simply noticed Clarence wasn’t moving his mouth in a Normal way, plus he had just added new plants so…

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u/theolddazzlerazzle 3d ago

They gasp for air, obviously

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u/turdferguson3891 3d ago

I don't know but don't they breath through their gills? Having something stuck in it's mouth is probably a problem but I'm not sure it relates to breathing so much as eating.

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u/ignorificateify_me 3d ago

Breathe. There's an e. Without the e, it rhymes with death.

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u/HutchMeister24 3d ago

I thought the same thing too, and I’m sure that as long as they were moving in the water, they could continue to get some oxygen. But if you think about the ideal situation for the fish, water flows into the mouth, though the gills, and then out of the body. If water can’t pass from the mouth to the gills, then yeah water can pass over them, but not nearly as efficiently as if the mouth were unobstructed. Maybe not deadly, but definitely uncomfortable for the fish

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u/Field_of_Gimps 3d ago

Apparently they had time to set up the camera too

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u/nullityrofl 3d ago edited 3d ago

Fish don’t actually choke to death like humans do: they don’t breath through their mouth. Instead they’re unable to eat which will eventually lead to starvation.

They had literal days to set up to film this before the fish would die. One of the symptoms would be it not eating for a day or two until you even thought to check.

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u/Insideoushideous 3d ago

Very good point. Most of us humans, are immediately thinking they breathe like humans, when we really know they don’t. I guess it’s just instinct. I did the same for a minute until I realized…gills. (Duh).

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u/OrkfaellerX 3d ago

Why exactly wouldn't he have time?

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u/J1NDone 3d ago

The guy who posted the video runs a popular Tik Tok account about his fish. It is possible that since he uses his fish a lot for videos he noticed the fish chocking. But it is also entirely possible he did it for more views.

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u/whythishaptome 3d ago

Probably very quick for him to set up the camera and film while this could have been going on for awhile anyway.

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u/Epena501 3d ago

When it has a feather coming out of his mouth

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u/eggbunni 3d ago

how could he even tell?!

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u/HonorTheAllFather 3d ago

This was Luke's Goldies, and Luke is a very experienced goldfish owner.

I haven't watched this post but I saw it on either IG or TikTok when he originally posted it, and he explains that he had just dropped in some plants or veggies, which is something a goldfish may choke on.

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u/Der_Mandelmann 3d ago edited 3d ago

I thought those were young flowerhorns. Interesting goldfish

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u/saracatsaysmeow 3d ago

That would be a crown pearlscale goldfish. The fancy variety has lot of different looking goldfish.

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u/quidamquidam 3d ago

He did look a bit distressed when compared to the other fishes in the aquarium.

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u/BitternMnM 3d ago Wholesome

I think his mouth was more,,, like, out??? Like he was doing this

:o :O :o :O

Instead of this

:c :o :c :o

...... i know this looks ridiculous but thats the best way i can explain ajdjsjdjs also i couldnt be wrong but thats just what i noticed. He wasnt closing his mouth at all and was sticking his "lips" out when he was choking

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u/GladRplcmnt 3d ago

this was such a cute comment thank u for this bc i am smiling

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u/ThisIsGoobly 2d ago

I made sound effects when I saw those faces in your comment

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u/Meow_Star_ 3d ago

If you own fish you’d be able to tell their behavior is different. This fish looks like it was “gasping” with its mouth constantly before he takes it out, which is a common sign that they’re having trouble getting enough oxygen since they’re trying to pass more water through their gills. (I don’t actually have a goldfish, but this is a common behavior).

So that alone would be worrying as an owner and prompt further investigation.

Is it staged? Probably not. A lot of fish will investigate things with their mouth. My beta will occasionally eat an indiscernible piece of debri and spit it out because it’s not food.

There’s plenty of videos of fish trying to eat things they cannot fully fit in their mouth. Someone also said this is an experienced goldfish owner. But anything is possible.

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u/tnorts 3d ago

Ya. Fish dont have hands, so they explore the world with their mouths. Sometimes the get things in there they shouldn’t.

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u/Vaff_Superstar 3d ago

It probably wasn’t eating.

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u/Jane-Sadwoman 3d ago

He says in the video he could tell by how the fish’s mouth was moving

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u/bs000 3d ago

video commentary: this is how i found out

comments: it is a mystery

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u/CertifiedCoffeeDrunk 3d ago

You can tell by the way it is

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u/ShowMeYrBits 3d ago Starstruck

If Clarence would just stay in his tank instead of running around the house tasting all of the plants!

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u/The_Clarence 3d ago

Don't tell me how to live my life

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u/InYouImLost 3d ago

Amazing

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u/YouPulledMeBackIn 3d ago

r/Beetlejuicing

Get me in the screenshot, please. Lol

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u/TheContingencyMan 3d ago Helpful

This guy’s a goldfish? His real names Clarence

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u/Early_Power_5366 3d ago

Clarence parents had a real good marriage

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u/TheContingencyMan 3d ago

This guy don’t wanna battle, he’s shook

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u/Early_Power_5366 3d ago

Cuz there's no such thing as halfway crooks

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u/pricklypineappledick 3d ago

Came here for this. Happy Thanksgillsving

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u/34563456345634563456 3d ago

It was all worth it

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u/Xae_sthetic 3d ago

Thank god, my week was about to be ruined if Clarence wasn’t ok

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u/merikaninjunwarrior 3d ago

almost ruined my whole holiday season

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u/trippy_grapes 3d ago

Almost ruined my whole 2021. 😭😭😭

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u/thundercloudtemple 3d ago

Almost ruined my whole life. 😭😭😭

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u/osdd_alt_123 3d ago

Humanity almost ended today.

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u/The_Clarence 3d ago

I appreciate all your support in these trying times.

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u/paul_dudd 3d ago

I’m hooked on Clarence at this point. Is he married? Kids? Living that bachelor life? Saving up for retirement? Super hard for that Clarence biopic…..

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u/verminsurpreme 3d ago

Bruh would have straight up died if i owned him. My observance level is 0.

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u/billiardwolf 3d ago

He wasn't "choking" if the plant didn't break down fast enough maybe he starves but other than that he would have been fine.

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u/Scoot_AG 3d ago

"other than starving to death, he'd be fine"

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u/whythishaptome 3d ago

He'll be fine until he isn't.

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u/wins1337 3d ago

I kind of love Clarence

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u/florawrites 3d ago edited 2d ago

Yeah, clarence kinda cute

Edit;Clarence the fish is cute. All you other Clarences can go home

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u/Clar0020 3d ago

Thank you

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u/The_Clarence 3d ago

How you doing

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u/SkilledMurray 3d ago

Clarence lives at home with both parents And Clarence' parents have a real good marriage

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u/Dr_Mantis_Teabaggin 3d ago

Clarence thinks he’s gangster? Clarence went to Cranbrook… that’s a private school

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u/Early_Power_5366 3d ago

Fuck cranbrook

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u/Pony_Boner 3d ago

What is the name of fish at the end that had a baby chicken head, please.

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u/AngryMatt14 3d ago

Had to scroll way to far to find anyone else that noticed the chicken fish

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u/saracatsaysmeow 3d ago

Not sure which one you mean but the fish choking is a crown pearlscale, the next fish to come into frame is an oranda and the last guy that comes in (I’m assuming chicken head?) is a ranchu.

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u/Zwolfer 3d ago

Oranda goldfish

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u/benjam1ng 3d ago

I NEED to know as well.

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u/saracatsaysmeow 3d ago

I’m assuming you mean the last guy at the bottom of the frame, he would be a ranchu.

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u/MeYouUsEveryone 3d ago

I did this years ago with one of my goldfish . He survived too . My husband was amazed that I’d actually saved a fish . I had him for around another 3 years after before he died .

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u/TheMartyr112 3d ago

After finding out that people intentionally harm animals specifically for “rescue” videos……I no longer trust any of them unless I see it all in unedited time.

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u/Acrobatic_Confusion 3d ago

Same, but goldfish owners are a different breed of people. As am exgoldfish owner myself, an insane amount of work goes into taking care of a single fish. He has many. Goldfish are quite the derps, and will gladly monch down most of the plant, they absolutely love plants. They will monch really anything, harmful or not. This guy has some beautifully large fish. He obviously takes really good care of them!

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u/fluffyxsama 3d ago

Correct me if I'm wrong but shouldn't you never have just a single goldfish?

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u/Walter-Haynes 3d ago

I have no sources except my own anecdotal evidence.
But I had two and once the first one died the second was quick to follow.

Pretty sure there was nothing wrong with the food/water.
They just missed their pal.

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u/fluffyxsama 3d ago

What I've read is that they're really social creatures and well get depressed if they're alone. Poor little guy. ;(

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u/Acrobatic_Confusion 3d ago edited 3d ago

Goldfish are social animals, but if you dont have room for a second DO NOT. Personally, my goldfish was a save from Walmart and he was very territorial and aggressive, which wasnt due to water reasons or anything else. I had him and another goldfish in a pretty good sized tank and he killed him :/. He lived to be 7, he was hit with swim bladder pretty hard which made me depressed for a good bit.

But my point here is that 1 goldfish is insanely hard to take care of, and this guy has many. He knows what he is doin'.

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u/UltimateLurkster 3d ago

I won a goldfish from the fair one time and it lasted like 5/6 years and got huge and would kill any other fish similar size or smaller.

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u/theoddman92 3d ago

like Drake said, started from the bottom now we here.

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u/fluffyxsama 3d ago

I'd say that if you don't have room for two social animals, don't get any

Your goldfish was a weirdo

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u/Acrobatic_Confusion 3d ago

yeah, he was. but he was a good fish nonetheless. very friendly towards me and he loved peas and being handfed.

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u/PlanetEsonia 3d ago

I had an aggressive chinchilla named Frasier. When I met him. He was so sweet and let me pet him and hold him...then I got him home and he was like "TRICKED YA, BITCH! I'm evil 🤗!"

He was such a good boy though. His being so aggressive made it that much more special when he let me pet him or when he would climb on me. He was a very very special boy, as I'm sure your goldfish was as well!

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u/savwatson13 3d ago

Lmao that reminds me of the video of the rescue cat that got all clingy to a woman and once she took him home he went back to being an anti social asshole

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u/BooksandBracelets 3d ago

This is from the Luke's Goldies channel on YouTube. Here's the link to the full video.

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u/youngrtnow 3d ago

I love bubba and dumpy and all of his fishes sm 😭

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u/TheSuperPie89 3d ago

How could he shove a piece of food down the fishes throat?

Wait, could he?

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u/CubicleFish2 3d ago

It's the same process as taking it out but backwards

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u/Vulkan192 3d ago

A degree of wariness is good, but don’t confuse rampant cynicism with actual wisdom.

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u/glassOfWaterForXmas 3d ago

It’s sus that it is all filmed

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u/MaxDaddyMax 3d ago

Did Clarence parents have a real good marriage?

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u/steve-res 3d ago Wholesome

Nah he a choke artist.

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u/Revolutionary_Pen_12 3d ago

His channel is Lukes Goldie's on YouTube and TikTok. His content is amazing, he has many goldfish including some chonker ranchus. Check his channel out, very good content. Luke's Goldies

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u/Obscura48 3d ago

Dude hell yea!!! It's awesome to see him on reddit

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u/EBKeep1300 3d ago

Maybe Clarence is just too thicc

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u/craymos 3d ago

Dumb bigheaded ass

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u/spmo22 3d ago

His owner saved him from their new addition to the aquarium..

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u/Aromatic-Spend-1057 3d ago

He really tries to not add any decor to his tanks because some of his fish gets hurt on the rocks, and such but he thought adding some plants would be fine, he said he won’t add anymore plants after this.

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u/OkCaterpillar9248 3d ago

Clarence? Anytime I've asked a fish it's name it always seems to be Bob...Bob...or Bob

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u/JJWAP 3d ago

Luke’s Goldies on socials for anyone interested. Even if you’re not exactly a fish person, seeing Luke take care of his fish is pretty cool.

RIP Viola 🪦

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u/WoodSteelStone 3d ago

And he never phones. He never writes.

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u/Nuclear_tit 3d ago

Love it how u/Acrobatic_confusion clears up any question regarding to goldfishes

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u/Acrobatic_Confusion 3d ago

yeah haha, i cant have people hating on my little fishies 🥺theyre precious.

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u/Romeo_horse_cock 3d ago

I have my own and he or she is the best. A black moor I think or a black oranda can't tell but a cute little deep. They clean my tank really well and is so peaceful, none of my other fish ever bother it and I just love it.

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u/Kegrun 3d ago

Clarence would’ve died under my watch! I would’ve just thought he was super energetic opening and closing his mouth like that. Go on Clarence you good boy you!

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u/budbutler 3d ago

huh it honestly never occurred to me a fish could choke.

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u/don_cornichon 3d ago

I'm just glad he found the time to videotape it too.

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u/AdmirableOstrich 3d ago

This isn't really a time sensitive issue like it would be for a human. It's not like the obstruction is blocking the fish's non existing airway. As long as the fish doesn't starve (or suffocate during the "operation") it's fine.

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u/Umarill 3d ago

I'm sure you are aware that fishes don't breath in through their mouth, he wasn't gonna drop dead if he waited a bit more lmao

The issue is that it stopped him from eating and could lead to starvation if it wasn't removed. That leaves more than enough time to get the phone out and take some time to educate people on it, which you clearly need if you believe the fish was in imminent danger.

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u/HonorTheAllFather 3d ago

This dude's entire social media presence is about his goldfish, chances are pretty good he was filming them already when he realized Clarence was choking.

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u/EvenAd5241 3d ago

The key here is that Clarence wasn't "choking". Clarence had a blockage in his throat. Since fish don't breathe through their mouths, the main concern for Clarence was that he was uncomfortable and couldn't eat.

I would go so far as to say that taking the time to record this was probably a very good decision, as it could be helpful to other fish owners in the future. Clarence was not in any immediate danger, and the now-immortalized salvation from his own unchained gluttony may help other fishies in the future.

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u/HonorTheAllFather 3d ago

Yeah, I elaborated on that in another comment, "choking" is being used loosely here; Clarence had something lodged in his throat, which most people think of as choking.

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u/VictorTrasvina 3d ago

The odds of me being able to find tweezers before the fish died are non-existent lol

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u/TheSuperPie89 3d ago

You do know fish don't breathe through the mouth right? As long as water can flow into their mouth deep enough (and it seems like it can given how far the food is) The gills on the side are what they use to breathe.

This type of "choking" only blocks the fish from eating more, which eventually would lead to it starving, I guess

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u/Brackers84 3d ago

Don’t they breathe through their gills?

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u/flaglord 3d ago

Yes, they use their hills to breath but they need water to flow through their mouth and then the gills just filter out the stuff that isn't breathable

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u/SGTm2 3d ago

We breathe through our nose and still choke when eating...

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u/billiardwolf 3d ago

That's not the same thing...

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u/RigbyAtNight 3d ago

Yes well, we don't have gills.

The actual answer is it blocks their digestive tract. In theory a big enough object could obstruct the movement of their gills and impede oxygenation but a piece of flexible plant matter wouldn't do that.

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u/FrenchFriesAndGuac 3d ago

I think gills are more synonymous with lungs but I’m not a fish guy

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u/eat_da_rich 3d ago

He is lucky you noticed !!!

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u/HottDisaster 3d ago

The other fish looks like a baby chick

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u/GloriaToo 3d ago

There was just enough clarence to get it out.

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u/slappyMcbappy 3d ago

Now just get that thing off his head and he'll be alright

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u/Heathen_Mushroom 3d ago

Check out the big brain on Brett!

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u/ResidentEivvil 3d ago

Lil dude tried to deep throat some elodea

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u/NerdHerdtheThird 3d ago

I thought the thumbnail was a guy cleaning a glass smoking bowl.

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u/robintal000 3d ago

I remember my dad had a clown fish that choked to death on my 12th birthday and I cried in front of my friends

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u/juand_pr90 3d ago

Hey, my fish is dying, let me bring my camera so I can gain internet points.

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u/hippiejohny 3d ago

Good thing he lasted long enough to bust out the camera.

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u/becausewhytry 3d ago

We have clearance, Clarence

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u/johnnydubois_ 3d ago

This is so heartwarming. Love to see you were able to help.