These are a couple pictures of the goldfish wheelchair constructed by aquarium store employee Derek after a customer came in with a goldfish suffering from swim bladder disease, which makes it difficult for a fish to maintain proper buoyancy (previously: video of a similar fish wheelchair from 2013). In Derek's own words while I pitch the idea for the world's first underwater electric mobility chair to those rich bastards on Shark Tank. "Already been done." Damn it all to hell.
"I got some airline tubing that people usually use in their tank and just placed it around the goldfish. I added some valves to the bottom of it, which acted as a 'chair' to prop him up. I added weights to the bottom of the 'chair' and something to keep him afloat on top (styrofoam), and slowly removed pieces until I achieved just the right buoyancy to make it easy for him to swim around without feeling like he's dragging around a chair."
Happy endings, right? It just goes to show people will do anything for their pets. And then when they're out of ideas they'll take that pet to the aquarium store and ask somebody else what they can do. And, God willing, Derek will be working that day.
Keep going for one more shot.
Thanks to Bailey, who agrees a fin in need is a friend indeed.