The elderly goldfish (Einstein), got sick with a problem called “swim bladder disease”. This is a pretty common problem in fish that live in aquariums. It affects the fish’s ability to float and turns it upside down!
Einstein was having a very difficult time swimming and kept sinking to the bottom of the tank. Fortunately, his extremely creative owner, 32 year old Leighton Naylor, made him a life jacket out of recycled tubing! This life jacket fits perfectly over Einstein’s body and allows him to swim normally.
Because of the float, Einstein can no longer reach the surface to feed. Leighton drops him food through a straw into the water. If Einstein is particularly unwell Leighton can also pick him up with his little life jacket to make sure he gets his food.
Leighton says he is now looking forward to teaching new tricks to Einstein and his other friends in the tank - fellow goldfish Pat, Frank and Blondie. Einstein's proving to be his “star student.” The star goldfish can already swim through his teacher’s fingers and through hoops using a feeding wand! Leighton is going to introduce Einstein to fish football next.
afloat - not sinking