The guy in the pet department told me to treat the water first, and put the fish in 24 hours later. When we got home, we put everything together, treated the water and I put the three little gold fish in a bowl in the laundry room bath, and shut the door. I figured they would be safe there, away from the cats.
On Saturday, I had a wedding to shoot so I left the boys with Travis. I told Carter he could put his fish in the tank while I was gone. When I came home, I checked the tank and there was only one fish in the tank. Curious, I went on a hunt for Carter. I found Travis first and asked why there was only one fish in the tank. He informed me that Carter thought he could 'play' with them and pet them, so he came to Travis with the fish in his hand and said, "Dad, I think my fish died!" Travis did what most men would do, he... flushed them. Yep, sure did. I asked Carter what happened to his fish. He said, "They died, and daddy flushed down the potty!"
So, here today, we have one fish swimming in the tank. He swims crooked, and his tail is in the air almost every time I go in there, but he's still breathing. Not sure what's going on with him. I forget who I told about this and their response was, "you get what you pay for!" I only paid $0.38 for each fish, knowing that their lives might not be long lived in our home considering our last fish was knocked off the counter by the cats (we found him in the living room!). I was informed I should have bought more expensive fish and they would have lasted longer then 24 hours!!! Not so sure that would be the case. My lesson learned is this, if you buy fish, keep them away from not only your cats but your four year old!!!!! You can not pet fish, you can only watch them. Maybe I should press that issue a bit more next time!