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Plato and Phaedrus are clever fish!

 

They cannot cook BBQ, or even conduct a serious debate on The Meaning of Life, The Universe and Everything.

 

Nevertheless, they do a great job of controlling their environment.

 

It started about 3 years ago when Mawin talked Na into acquiring 4 goldfish, and a tank for them to live in, from a footpath vendor...a very modest financial outlay.

 

Since then:

 

* the tank has been upgraded/up-sized 3 times

 

* the filter has been replaced 4 times

 

* the original fish have all died 

 

But, Plato and Phaedrus have been with us about 12 months, and have their humans thoroughly trained in all manner of subserviant behaviours.

20140818bg-7548.jpg

Plato and Phaedrus are clever fish!

 

They cannot cook BBQ, or even conduct a serious debate on The Meaning of Life, The Universe and Everything.

 

Nevertheless, they do a great job of controlling their environment.

 

It started about 3 years ago when Mawin talked Na into acquiring 4 goldfish, and a tank for them to live in, from a footpath vendor...a very modest financial outlay.

 

Since then:

 

* the tank has been upgraded/up-sized 3 times

 

* the filter has been replaced 4 times

 

* the original fish have all died 

 

But, Plato and Phaedrus have been with us about 12 months, and have their humans thoroughly trained in all manner of subserviant behaviours.

comments (18)

I think that Phaedrus is looking right into the camera... great shot Ray and a good story....petersmile
Ray: Ole Phaedrus is trying mind control on the Canon, Peter, and is a little frustrated that the damn thing won't go and get the food bag.
I have lived the same story at home many years ago with the kids Ray! Lovely capture.
Ray: It seems to be a common story, Richard. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Sep 2014, 06:38
I bet your cats like watching 'em too..
Ray: Daisy used to be always hiding her wet front paw from us, Chris, but the others just avoid eye contact with the fish.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 4 Sep 2014, 06:42
I see they like making eye contact with you
Ray: It is how they achieve control, Richard...they hypnotise a human then demand food!
Very therapeutic watching fish. Eating them even more sogrin
Ray: We eat fish nearly every day in Thailand, Bill...it used to be a 5 times a year thing in Straylya because it was so expensive.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Sep 2014, 07:06
Did Mawin name the fishes after Plato and Phaedrus? I have read the dialogue in Greek. Very interesting! They look like a love couple.
Ray: I named them thus, Philine...Mawin has other names for them.

I like that they always seem to be talking to each other, and I like to think of it as philosophical debate, along the lines of Plat and Phaedrus or between monks as I observed a couple of years ago in Sikkim near the border with Nepal:

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  • Lisl
  • England
  • 4 Sep 2014, 07:58
I am pleased you have never broken the continuity, Ray
Ray: Either fish or fishtank&equipment seem to always require renovation, Lisl.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Sep 2014, 08:39
Funny idea! You could have named them also Sokrates and Phaedros!
Ray: I could have imagined it that way, Philine, but that idea has already been explored by Plato.

It is more interesting to me to imagine how Phaedrus and his creator, Plato, might have debated.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 4 Sep 2014, 09:25
Hang on Ray, who are the masters here? I have just been serving my cats every whim and now this.
Ray: In a hamster-free household, Chad, Goldfish are the Alpha Species.
If at first you don't succeed try try again.
Ray: I believe the fish have it all under control, Martin.
They are indeed clever. They live in a house full of cats and still have survived.
Ray: Daisy was the fishercat, Mary, but the others simply avoid eye-contact with the goldfish.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Sep 2014, 12:11
LOL.. yes they have trained their servants well; must only be second to cats in that respect smile
Ray: These 2 even have the cats trained to leave them alone, Alan.
Our grandkids are going through the same experience at the moment. They are rather nice fish Ray.
Ray: It seems this is a phase parents are dragged through, Brian.
Great shot, Ray
Ray: I am glad you think so, Tom.
whT A QUEST, Ray! Our tank equipment rests somewhere in the garage, let me know if you want it!
Ray: Thank you, Juan Carlos...but, no thanks...another tank would necessitate more fish! smile
i like the splash of vermilion on white, Ray.
They are beautiful, and I'm pleased they've fit into your family so nicely!
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 6 Sep 2014, 16:35
They are so pretty in this light!

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