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renniekins
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Fishies Come Home
I am not a very good fish-mom. I realize this, and I try to be better.... but the thing is, fish never ask me to feed them or clean their tank. This is the problem I have with plants too: they rarely mention it when they're thirsty.

I am usually busy and distracted, and my life is complex enough that I don't keep to a regular schedule. I don't mean to, but I forget about them. Basically my plants and fish live in a Darwinian environment where only the strongest survive.

That said, I was quite surprised a couple of weeks ago when I looked in my tank and couldn't find any fish. Well, except for my sucky fish, who is unbreakable. I'd had five little tetras that proved themselves quite sturdy indeed, and they'd lasted forever. I didn't see any fish carcasses either. How could they all just vanish? It hadn't been all that long since I'd last looked in on them. I kept looking through the plants where they like to hide, looking along the bottom, but no fish. None! It was most puzzling.

So I was quite pleased on monday when I happened to glance into the tank. Everyone was back, and swimming around happily! I don't know what happened.... perhaps they were on vacation? After all who knows what pets do when we're not around?

Maybe they went to visit their original owner, because they'd heard she was in the hospital. I think that's what happened in Snoopy Come Home, from my vague memory of the movie. Whatever the reason, I'm just glad they're home again.

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renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 8th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good heavens, I never thought of that. You just may be right!
johnridley From: johnridley Date: February 8th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suggest zebras. I've never been able to kill one. They die, but usually by getting ganged up on by other fish when they're geriatric.
A friend once found one still swimming around in the muck at the bottom of a forgotten tank on a shelf in her office at MTU, eating the algae growing around. Best guess was that it had been there close to a year with no care. It didn't have much longer to live; there was only about an inch of water left.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 8th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like zebras, but I'm not sure how I'd fit even one in the tank, let alone a whole herd.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 9th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
huh... catholic fish. Who woulda thunk it?
joline From: joline Date: February 8th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's so funny about the fish!

I have a lot of plants, and so far I've only really killed three. They're funny things, though, because they go from "La la, I'm a plant, ok" posture to a wilty, brown "OH MY GOD I'M SO PARCHED I AM DYING HEEERE" within a day.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 9th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, totally. The difference between a healthy plant and a near-death plant isn't very significant. If they'd droop a bit more before getting crispy, or perhaps learn to ring a bell, they'd be way better off.
bjorng From: bjorng Date: February 9th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe you could get the fishies to write a little checklist application for your Treo to remind you of recurring events: daily for food, once a month for fishtank cleaning, or whatever.
thinggtwoo From: thinggtwoo Date: February 9th, 2006 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)
ROFL - and, Thanks - now I have the tune, "Snoo-oo-oopy....Snoo-ooo-ooopy...Come Home, Snoopy, Come home - come home, come home..." going through my head.

Thanks a lot.

:-)
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