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Old 02-03-2013, 02:38 AM   #1
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Do you name your pet fish?


Who's your favorite fish? And do you name them?

I have a red platy named Cumberbatch.

We named our school of Roseline sharks "Delta Squadron"
and our school of bosemani rainbows "Gamma Squadron"

I just got a new female GBRam. Any name suggestions?
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:58 AM   #2
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I don't personally but my boy does! Singapore wood shrimp named woody. Striped Raphael cat Ralphie albino bristle nose Casper!!! He's gonna really flip out when my female blonde guppy drops in a few days...lol!!!
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:58 AM   #3
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I named my dragon goby Falkor and one of my betta fish Banana. I'm not keen on naming most of my animals. For example, we had a turtle for a couple years, we called it Turtle Bro.
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i have named my snail's in my 2.5 work cubical tank. Rams Horn, Gary, MTS, Donald, and Horned Nerite Shelly.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:12 AM   #5
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I like naming my critters. My first betta was red, his name was Corporal Cardinal of the Betta Fish Elite Wing. My second betta was yellow with red spots, his name was Ton-yén. My third betta is red with white edging on his fins, his name is Méut jan. I had 4 adult American Grass shrimp and over 20 babies. The dominant female was One-eye. Then there was The Lone Shrimpie. Then there was The Other Female and The Other Male. Any babies were called "little buggers". I named one bladder snail, his name is Dinky.

-edit- Oh, there was also a goldfish named Finnegan.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:56 AM   #6
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I name my bettas, but I still end up calling them all Bubba or Girly.
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:13 AM   #7
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I named one of my Columbian tetras - the first (and only) time I've named a fish. I don't know what happened to him but he has always looked like he ran into the wall. His head is at a crooked angle and that makes one of his gills stay open and one of his eyes appear to pop out slightly. I call him Igor after Igor (Eye-gor) in Young Frankenstein. Oddly enough, I think he's the dominate male Columbian and the father of my 65-ish fry - lol. He has an extremely tall, flowing dorsal fin, so it all balances out for him...
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:20 AM   #8
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SO glad you asked lol!
My kids think I am nuts

Blood Parrot Cichlid - Bubbles
3 Giant Danios - Zena, Zeus, and Polly
Blue Gourami - Jack (his mate died, she was Diane)
Albino Catfish - Whitey
Oto- Oto

Blue Betta- Harold (he reminds me of an "old guy")

My 2 year old named these:
Yellow Cichlid - Banana
Orange Cichlid - Orangie
Zebra Striped Ciclid - Stripe

We have 6 new mollies, a snail, and 3 more oto's to name, I might just call them the 2 live crew, and not name any of them, aside from my daughters snail who she calls "Smelly" for the time being. The betta, Harold, runs that tank now- it's my 55g planted.

Funny stuff!
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:27 AM   #9
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I only rarely will name my fish, in great part because it's difficult to easily spot just one fish in a school. Sure, if all the neons are together it's easy to pick out the largest and smallest, but if they're scattered? Not so easy.

Singletons stand a better chance of getting names, but even then I tend to just mentally tag them by their species name or a specific characteristics. Maybe it's just that I live alone-if you mostly only talk to yourself about a fish, a mental image works just as well, if not better, than a name.

The only recent exceptions were my angelfish Fred, whose name is a bit of a joke as I got tired of people asking me what I'd named a fish so I just referred to EVERY fish newly added as "Fred" and my last betta Pez: a lovely but pathetically not well Petco veil tail that I bought on something of a impulse to have as a poop dispenser in my no-tech plant holding tank.
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:19 AM   #10
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My dwarf gourami is named "The Count" (after Count Baise) because he's the boss of my 10 gallon! I also have a small assortment of Fancy Guppies named Maynard, Dizzy, Wynton, Cliff (Clifford), and Arturo - yes, trumpet player themed Guppies
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As of now I don't have any fish named... Just my Big golf ball sized Ivory Mystey Snail that my Girlfriend named "Santiago." He has one of the best characters in the tank! He always does this thing where he climbs to the top of the tank, fills up on air, then just lets go of the side of the tank completely, and kind of seems to spread the soft part of his body out and glides across the tank to the bottom. I always know when it happens because I hear my Girlfriend yell "Santiago is base jumping again!!" lol Has anyone seen this type of behavior before?

Oh and we used to have a small Bala shark named Dale ( like Dale and Brennan from Step Brothers... planned on getting a brennan too until I found out the max size)... Anyway, Dale didn't survive the tank cycling... RIP Dale.

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I never named a fish.

I did have 14 turtles all named Bob.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:07 AM   #13
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As of now I don't have any fish named... Just my Big golf ball sized Ivory Mystey Snail that my Girlfriend named "Santiago." He has one of the best characters in the tank! He always does this thing where he climbs to the top of the tank, fills up on air, then just lets go of the side of the tank completely, and kind of seems to spread the soft part of his body out and glides across the tank to the bottom. I always know when it happens because I hear my Girlfriend yell "Santiago is base jumping again!!" lol Has anyone seen this type of behavior before?

Oh and we used to have a small Bala shark named Dale ( like Dale and Brennan from Step Brothers... planned on getting a brennan too until I found out the max size)... Anyway, Dale didn't survive the tank cycling... RIP Dale.

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My friend's apple snail used to do this by sitting on top of the air bubbler until he floated to the top, then sink to the bottom and do it again.
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We name a lot of our fish. Guppies named: polka, sunset, stealth, butterfly, and sharpie. A redtail named Bruce, gourami named Cranky, pair of angels named Flotsam & Jetsam, betta named "Alpha", apple snail named peach, dwarf frog named kermit. I'm sure there are more.


I really like the idea of naming schools of fish squadrons lol. Might have to come up with something for my neon tetras and black skirts.
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I don't like to name a fish until it's acclimated and settled in, or I feel I jinx it and it will die.
Named a school of neon tetras "Borg" or "the Collective", but we are only down to 2 old timers- "Jean Luc" and "7 of 29".
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