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Old 01-05-2007, 08:47 PM   #1
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Does Everyone Name Their Fish?

I have had my fish for about three months and have not named a single one of them yet. My friends keep asking me if I've named them. Do you all name your fish, and if so how do you decide on names? I've played with names that would get fish beat up on the playground if they were human kids, but never seriously applied names.

Anna Molly
Patty Platy
Gary Gourami
Amanda Panda Cory
Cory Panda Cory

Man, my kids in real life are going to be so picked on if this is how I would name my fish.
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Old 01-05-2007, 08:57 PM   #2
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Ill name the larger ones, Like my Betta "Big Red" and my Gourami "Twitch" but dont bother with my Danios or Rummy Noses. Basically if the fish will take food from my hand and show some sort of smarts they get a name.
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Old 01-05-2007, 09:23 PM   #3
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When I do they die...
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Old 01-05-2007, 09:51 PM   #4
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I have named a few fish but have forgotten them all. Except for Yallow my paroon shark. My avvie is a picture of him.
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:08 PM   #5
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I have a great friend in Alaska, I just email her when I get new fish, and she names them. Coolness. I have to look at the list of names to remember them though...they're all very creative...
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:16 PM   #6
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I named my very first two bettas after my husband's first and middle names!
(He loves when I tell that story )

I have named all my fish since then. It's fun picking a name to go with their personality. My current bettas are named Peyton and Eli - but no, they don't play football!

Anna Molly is cute - and the title of a song by Incubus out now!
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Old 01-06-2007, 12:17 AM   #7
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Mine either have to be very big (oscar="Omar") or very personable (bettas="Vercingetorix", "Banquo's Ghost," "Bling!", "Red Smoke Cameo," and "Escher") to get names. Even fish that are very special to me, like my Ctenopoma, don't usually get names.

One thing that seems universal is that everyone names their bettas. I dare you to step forward if you haven't!
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I've never actually named a fish (even the betta I had when I was younger... sorry Mosaic). Now my partner on the other hand...since we've been together I've had named fish! (Although never any of the schooling ones, just the more unique ones, thankfully--I'd never keep them straight!)
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I don't. I'd probably end up spending a lot of time if I were to try naming my fish. Some of the bigger ones are given names by my family though. My Vieja argentea is called "The Burglar Fish" by my sisters because of the black mask. My Altolamprologus compressiceps, on the other hand, is called "Crabby Fish" because of the frowning face.
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Old 01-06-2007, 05:32 AM   #10
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I'll admit it, we name our fish. Only the ones we can tell them apart and/or come up and eat out of our fingers get names.

We call all our GBR's "Blue", just something that stuck for some reason.

Bronze, Platinum and Gold are our dojo loaches. Zero, Uno, Dosie, Tre, Quattro, Sanka, Lou, Greg, and Bobby are the clown loaches. Fireball/Big Boy is the firemouth cichlid. Steve is the betta. Oh, and can't forget Gigantor...the Water Lily (gotta love it!)

We don't reuse names when the fish dies either...and we have used a lot of names (mostly in bettas...)
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