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Gold Fish Animated Wallpaper (rerun) Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Gold Fish Animated Wallpaper (rerun)

Beautiful gold fish swim around your desktop in this underwater adventure!
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Gold Fish Animated Wallpaper (rerun) was available as a giveaway on May 29, 2010!

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Beautiful gold fish swim around your desktop in this underwater adventure!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7





File Size:

2.22 MB



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Tried Forest and Fish again no luck getting past GAOTD box

Download the fish for a second time , unzipped, and still says failed to connect to GAOTD please try later, despite browser is connected to the site, so prog will not install pass this point. Any reason why please ?

Reply   |   Comment by Peter B  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Like many others, Animated wallpapers are not my thing but I thought I'd try it.

Sadly, I was horribly disappointed.

The good:
It only used 16MB on my system, WinXP Pro legal.

The bad: ahh, everything else...
The background is not dynamic at all, just a plain fuzzy static image with some bubbles and very poorly rendered "light" effects just slapped crudely over it.
The fish are all identical, the same fish, the same colours, the same size, yawn. Not even hue variations!
The fish sprite animations are very very boring, just flapping tail and fins, nothing more. No variations in speed, no moving body, no changing direction.
The fish don't have any smoothness when they start "pathing" to another point, no smoothness at all, they just "bounce" like a ball hitting an invisible wall!

Sorry, but this is terrible and I really forgive anyone that actually paid for this.

Reply   |   Comment by anton  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Nice to see they fixed some of the issues and problems from the previous giveaway....and very quickly as well then offered it again right away. Two thumbs up for that!

Installed easily and runs well on Win Vista 32 bit. Just like any other program you have running....it will use resources....just like any type of animation....it will use more than those that don't. That's expected to happen. If you find that it uses too much when working on other things close it down until done.

I've not had any issues or problems so far using either of the animated wallpapers offered today (though I'm still testing them out). All of my icons remain in the right position (no cut-off of the labels), transparency remains intact, and I can hide and un-hide those without any issues. So far...all is really good and I'm happy.

Just like everything else this isn't something all enjoy or want. It's meant to be "eye candy" as said....just something to look at and enjoy. Those that like to spruce up there screens will enjoy this.

It's nice to look at and is relaxing when just taking a break from the work being done. Others seem to enjoy seeing it as well when passing by and stop to watch it.

I agree with Wally's suggestion (#16)...having a loader program to handle the different scenes (and able to load regular wallpapers IMO) would be really good. Being able to combine the different wallpapers you offer with one program would be more convenient and helpful in many ways.

Also... something else to think about for future improvements: Possibly adding the ability to add some type of animation to regular wallpapers that could be loaded through the program as well (not permanently changing those but temporary animations only while the program is running.

Thank you AnimatedWallpaper7.com. I hope to see you offering more wallpapers and the other programs you have in the near future.

Reply   |   Comment by Orchid  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I downloaded the goldfish wallpaper last time and this time on XP and both of them won't run the program. It says aquarium2_full.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. Anyone else have this problem?
Thanks for any help; wouldn't mind seeing it anyway:-).

Reply   |   Comment by pomlady  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

works great. (unlike the last goldfish desktop that required a shadow renderer).

Reply   |   Comment by nogard0  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

this program didnt even install!

Reply   |   Comment by jorge luera  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

The forest wallpaper is pretty, and just as if I were in a real forest, all those nasty little gnats flying around really annoy me!

Reply   |   Comment by rsmik  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is GREAT!


Seems to crash a few times bug needs to be fixed!
Fishes need to flow in a more of a "smooth" form!

Other then that its cool!

Reply   |   Comment by Azza kidiwala  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is a RERUN..........it was available just awhile ago. I tried it the last time.......it still poorly done.

Reply   |   Comment by Gene Diamond  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I really like the fish. Its soothing Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by CJ  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I installed this the last time it was offered. I had bubbles but no fish. Well this time around I see the fish so I guess the publisher did something to make it work. I like it but I don't want it to start with windows. I appreciate that the vendor leaves this option unchecked (unlike a lot of software). On my XP SP2 system with 3GB of ram this uses 7% cpu and 61 MB of ram. (according to Anvir). A little high on the ram usage for me to have on all the time but it is nice for times when I don't want to wait for my screensaver to kick in. Thank you as always to the GAOTD team for all of your efforts. Thank you to the publisher, AnimaterWallpaper7.com for the offering and the second chance at this.

Reply   |   Comment by gpc111  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Works fine, now. I'VE GOT FISH!! :) Thanks. I would like to know why the fish weren't showing before. Oh well. I found an old html code on the net to invoke Windows Media Player and show a short mpg movie as the desktop background in an endless loop, but that uses twice the cpu cycles or more and doesn't reduce when you open a window on top of it. This is way better. Thanks again,

Reply   |   Comment by GeneB  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Really like the "Hide Icons" and right-click functionality features added to the program since last time. Would like to be able to drag the icons around like usual too, if possible. You also might consider adding the option to leave the icons visible but hide their text, especially if you can't make the text background transparent.

A suggestion for continued improvement:

Instead of having each animated scene as a self-running program, make a "loader" program to load scenes. Thus, a user could change scenes without unloading the program, schedule automatic scene changes, run a different scene on each desktop of a multi-desktop application, etc. -- whatever you are able to build into the program.

Thanks for your participation in the GOTD project.

Reply   |   Comment by Wally  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Thanks GOTD to me, this is a very nice application; and the only down
side I have is that, when you run it, it changes my desktop icons
from small to medium. Other than that, a nice running application!

I use a 32 bit Windows 7 home premium desk top. Thanks again GOTD,
and AnimatedWallpaper7.com.

Happy Memorial Day to All!

Reply   |   Comment by Lewis  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I can't get it to work with aston2???

Reply   |   Comment by TT  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

this worked... thanks guys for bringing this to us

Reply   |   Comment by raj  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Does this work on a dual monitor set-up??

Reply   |   Comment by BK  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Here is my analysis of both wallpapers given away today. I am running XP SP2. What I have open: 2 IE windows; Outlook; Media Player; Cleanse Uninstaller; and notepad. With the goldfish wallpaper running (with visible icons) my CPU is at 43% and the app is using 30% of that. Without icons, my CPU drops to 26% and the app, 8%. The Forest wallpaper is giving me almost the same results, maybe running 2% more of the CPU %. I would suggest right clicking the app in the task bar and hiding the icons, just make sure to unhide them before exiting the program. The only glitch I'm having (which is really minor) is that when I hide my icons and then hover over my task bar, everything is blinking. Not that big of a deal, but a glitch nevertheless. It is running much better than the last install, 2 weeks ago.

My recommendations for the creators: Put more cute fish of more color into the wallpaper and you'll have an app worth buying in my opinion. For the Forest wallpaper, I would eliminate all the specks flying around and maybe add some fireflies, dragonflies, birds, and maybe some cricket and frog sounds (that can be toggled off). To me, the aquarium is really cute and a keeper, but the forest is pretty boring. I do appreciate them though so thank you very much.

For anyone that may not know this, you can hide your icons and then right click on your taskbar and click 'desktop'. This will add the desktop to your taskbar so you only have to click that to get a list of what is on there without ever having to go to the actual desktop. I always have this feature turned on and it is a real time saver.

Thanks GAOTD for all the great apps you find for us daily. I've been downloading for a few years now and just think you guys are the greatest!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Tracy  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

High CPU usage. The goldfish move in a "choppy" manner.

Reply   |   Comment by Light  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I installed this two weeks ago. When I 'switch user' on Vista and then come back to my own desktop, I have to restart it. Aggravating!

Reply   |   Comment by thumperzluv  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

I Love fishies!
Worth it at twice the price.

Reply   |   Comment by Stone  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Well, it's not as dramatic as the goldfish, but the aimated bugs in the forest setting is nicely soothing..

Reply   |   Comment by goodgotd  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Interesting wallpaper, BUT -- it's a memory hog while running! Pulled up task manager (Vista 32), and it was sucking up to 300 MB (!!!) of memory while running.

Still a nice paper, though.

Reply   |   Comment by rhemaangel  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Works fine on Win7 64 bit

you can still see the bubles in the task bar when your working on docmunts - pretty funny.

Looking at fish swim lowers your blood pressure.

Thanks GOTD - my kids will be wanting it on their machines now.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)


When the Animated Goldfish Wallpaper that's on 'rerun' today was offered two weeks ago I made a few comments there.


I suggested:

Should have a 'Hide Icons' option. Or the function that you can hide/unhide the icons by right-clicking, since that currently has no function assigned to it.

No… on second thought… The right-click should ideally have its original function restored to it that's currently gone. Left-clicking (or perhaps double-clicking to make it more deliberate) on the wallpaper could simply hide/unhide the icons. Additionally it should have a 'Hide icons on startup' option. Also the automatic hiding of the windows should be made optional. And you should be able to undo the hiding of the windows with the regular Windows 'Show Desktop' button in the system tray which minimises all open windows and restores them (as long as you haven't restored an individual window yet).

Well.... Now the Forest Bridge Wallpaper also available today has the original right-click function restored and a "Show desktop icons" option when you click on the icon in the system tray. Unfortunately when you exit this app while the icons are hidden they are not restored but remain hidden. I had to restart the wallpaper, uncheck the hide icons option, and close it again to get my icons back. I consider that to be a BUG.
Oops… When I said: 'Show Desktop' button in the system tray, I meant in the Quick Launch bar.

There seems to be a rather annoying bug. I can't get it to 'remember' the "Don't show this at startup" setting. Whether I close that window with the [X] or with "Hide this window" doesn't make any difference. Every time I start the app that window keeps appearing.

Before I had seen the new "Show desktop icons" option in the Forest wallpaper I thought that the Goldfish rerun maybe was there as a bug fix version. Yup. It now does (by default) hide the Configuration window correctly. And it now also has the "Show desktop icons" option. I guess they 'upgraded' all their wallpapers with this bug fix and extra feature.

Now we only have to wait for versions that restores the icons on exit when they are hidden. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

This version works well on my Vista PC, very low overhead, I had to set XP SP2 compatibility.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
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