Floating wheelchair built for disabled goldfish

Candice Alexander
March 16, 2017

Last week, Derek was brought a goldfish with a permanent bladder infection that impaired his swimming to the point that he could no longer float, so Derek made a custom wheelchair for the little guy. Not only is this the cutest thing you'll see all day, it's also surprisingly functional.

The bladder disorder prevented the goldfish from controlling its buoyancy in the water, Derek told Buzzfeed.

She said her friend, Derek, works at an aquarium shop and came up with a brilliant idea to help a customer's fish. I added some valves to the bottom of it, which acted as a "chair" to prop him up.

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Taylor Dean, a Youtuber that creates educational animal videos for almost 300,000 subscribers, has a friend named Derek who works at a local aquarium - and just taught us all how to love by creating a tiny custom wheelchair for a goldfish in need. The new model featured a softer material around the fish's body. He is being hailed as a hero now. He had to experiment with adding just the right amount of weight to the bottom of the rig, but, eventually, he got the ratio just right, allowing the goldfish a full range of underwater movement. She promised she'd make an upcoming video with Derek, explaining how fish owners can build miniature floating rigs for their own pets.

The device worked to keep the fish buoyant and as a way for Derek's friend, YouTuber Taylor Nicole Dean, to get viral traffic.

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