So an attempt to move a fairly healthy violet goby into my aquarium just turned into the biggest disaster I've ever had while acclimating fish.
After giving the goby about an hour to acclimate, I began attempting to move it from bag to aquarium. Anyone who has ever attempted to net a violet goby knows that this fish may be arguably the hardest thing to net, even while it's in a bag. After a few minutes, I gave up on the net and began emptying as much water as I could into a jug, then put the rest in the aquarium with the fish.
What I didn't count on was this fish jumping out of the bag and over the aquarium, landing just behind the tank. When I tried to pick it up, it jumped off the desk and landed in the tiny space between it and the wall. It took me over a minute to pull the desk back so I could get to the fish, and probably another minute to actually catch it.
Even worse, as I was lowering it into the water, it flopped out of my hand and onto the floor again. When I caught it the second time I just dropped it into the water so it wouldn't have a chance to jump again.
So what are the odds of it surviving all of this? Violet gobies are one of my favorites, and I don't want to think I killed one because I couldn't even put it in the tank. It's just laying on the bottom now, as violet gobies typically do, and it's still breathing, but it seems really week now.