Many of you know we went on vacation for Spring Break. Anyone who's gone on vacation knows there's a little work that goes into the preparation beforehand. You've got to find a house sitter, hold the mail, cancel the newspaper, contact your bank so they don't freeze your card, and so on and so forth. We did all that we were supposed to do...or so we thought.
We're fortunate to know someone who stays in our place while we're gone, but this time they could only stop in and check on things periodically because their house was full of company (gotta love Spring Break). So, one more 'to do' item was to turn down the heater.
I didn't want the fish to get overlooked, we love our Fishy-Fish you know (that's the name my son gave him when we brought him home), so I put a self-feeder tablet in there (good to feed your fish and keep the water clean for a week). We've done that before, so we thought we were good to go.
The first thing I did when we got home was walk in my son's room and check the fish. He was listless, on his side, barely hanging on. Our fish was almost dead. I got him into some warmer water right away, but it's taken several days of TLC to get him (almost) back to normal. The worst part is, he seems to have lost his eyesight too. We're treating him with something meant to help, and I sure hope it does. He was transferred back to his own tank last night and finally swam up to the top this morning looking for food, so I think he's going to be okay.
Lesson well learned though. Don't turn down the heat when you leave if you have pets (even a fish! unless you have a water heater in the tank). I suppose the reverse would be true for summer too...don't let your house get too hot if you're going on vacation, even if you have people coming over to visit/feed/care for your pets. That time in the extreme temperatures (whether hot or cold) might be more than they can take.