For a lifeguard.
An inventive British woman hit waves online – and in an aquarium – after equipping a disabled goldfish with a custom life jacket so it would not sink. The fun-sized fish flotation device can be seen in a viral video from the Garden Sanctuary in Wolverhampton.
“He had been living at the bottom of his tank for a while,” Stacey O’Shea, who runs the animal sanctuary from her home northeast of Birmingham, told Caters News.
The unfortunate fish had suffered from an untreated swim bladder disorder that left him sitting upside down on the bottom of the tank, she said.
The desperate owners were determined not to let their pet die in the womb, and sought help from O̵
The pet caretaker managed to MacGyver a trick tube from small plastic pipes and T-junctions that are usually used for air conditioning filters. She then weighed the unit with polystyrene so that the scaly swimmer would not float to the surface – like ballast tanks on a submarine.
Regularly adjusting the amount of polystyrene helped the goldfish swim to different levels in the tank so he could see more of his home.
By creating the Aquarius, O’Shea lifted both the fish and the spirits of the family.
A fish’s swim bladder is an organ that contains oxygen which is important for maintaining the fish’s buoyancy in water. Poor water quality, dietary problems and stress can cause problems with the fish’s swim bladder, which results in buoyancy changes, writes PetMD. In some cases, the problem occurs when fluid has entered the swim bladder. Goldfish are particularly prone to buoyancy disturbances due to their round bodies and curved spikes.
O’Shea is not the first fish lover to improvise a float for a goldfish in need. A Massachusetts man created a similar tubular life jacket for his buoyant 5-year-old pet. In San Antonio, an aquarium employee also managed to rescue a disabled goldfish by building it a water wheelchair.