19-year-old Taylor Dean posted a screenshot on Twitter of a conversation she had with her friend Derek. A customer of Derek’s brought in the pet fish that was suffering from Swim bladder disease. This disorder prevents fish from controlling its buoyancy in the water.
Derek tried diet adjustments and water treatments to see if this would help the fish back to normal but both were ineffective. That’s when Derek has the idea create a goldfish wheelchair.
“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,” Derek told Buzzfeed.
“Think of goldfish as the pugs of the fish world,” Derek said. “Pugs have unique features due to the way they were bred, but it also causes them a lot of medical problems — same with goldfish!”