About ten days ago, my son was given three small goldfish (is goldfish a generic term or do they all have different names?).
A few days later the first one died. OK, these things happen.
So we bought two more goldfish (these ones really looked like goldfish and were bigger). Then the second one started behaving very oddly, perked up when we put it in a separate bowl (this was intended as a temporary measure in the expectation that it was going to expire shortly), and then died shortly after being put back with the others.
Then the third fish died. Then the fourth fish died. Whoops.
I am beginning to suspect that there's something fundamentally wrong, but I don't know the first thing about looking after fish (that's probably obvious, I guess) so I don't know what it might be. Is it too cold? Not enough food? Too much food? Not enough oxygen (we've got hundreds of those small blue oxygen balls, so it can't be that). Bird Flu?
Now we have to contend with the fact that (allegedly) fish get lonely if they are on their own, but based on our past record I'm not sure we should be buying any more, and I fear that this one will be dead within a matter of days anyway. So I'm not sure what to do for the best.
Any advice (or goldfish recipes) welcome.