Friday, February 15, 2008

Schooling fish and a fish going to school are not the same

Most of our regular readers are familiar with my Maroon Clown, Malcom, since he’s been featured in a few comic strips and blog posts. What you may not know about my favorite clownfish is that he also does tricks.

Yeah, that’s right. I said tricks.

Take, for example, our morning feedings. On days when I lag or outright forget to feed, Malcom will remind me of my oversight by gently tapping on the glass (don’t ask me how he does this; every time I look over, he’s just there staring at me with hungry eyes). Should further negligence occur, he’ll rear back, aim and spit water at me.

I also use food as an incentive to get Malcom to peform: many times I’ll have him swim backwards and wiggle his tail before I’ll drop food into the tank.

So all this trickery got me thinking: do other fish do this?

I decided I’d Google “fish tricks” to see if there were any other fish out there like Malcom. And, “Who knows?” I thought. Maybe I’d find some other circus performers out there and even some info to help me teach him a new act.

So that’s how I stumbled upon the R2 Fish School, brought to you by the same folks that manufacture R2 Aquarium Moonlighting.

After watching the videos, I was stunned. The myth about fish only having a 3-second memory was busted.

Immediately I began searching for the “Add to Cart” button only to discover that The R2 Fish School Complete Training Kit will be available “soon.”

Soon?!? When is soon? I want it now!

Well, I guess I’ll have to wait somewhat patiently until the messaging on R2’s site is updated.

In the meantime, you can join me by teaching your old fish some new tricks.

Here’s to education!