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The Almost Dead Guppy

About a month ago, Joanne was looking at my fishtank. It's got a bunch of apple snails, 4 black skirt tetras, 2 bumblebee guppies, and the 2 infamous guppies that I did not buy. (The third one died a while ago. Don't ask me when as I hadn't noticed any dead bodies in the tank. Those fish are viscious carnivores.) She had thought one of my bumblebee guppies had died, so I brought over the magnetic algae scraper (which are totally ingenious as you never have to actually get an algae scraper in there. It's easy to use whenever you see algae, except when you get lazy and it's no longer strong enough to get more the tenacious algae.....which is also what happened to me. So I'll have to go in there with a real scrubber at some point and scrub the hard stuff.)

So Joanne thought that one of my fish was dead, so I moved the algae scraper near it and the goby moved. They like to just sit around on leaves and hang out. Then she discovered that one of the infamous guppies was floating upside down. And with a few pokes of the algae scraper, it did not move. But since I could see that it was still breathing, I let it be. Who am I to prematurely send it to its death? I figured I'd fish it out when the time finally came. Or the other fish ate it. So I checked it the next day and sure enough, it's not there anymore.

The damned thing was actually swimming around. So I checked it the next day and the day after that thinking that it was just a fluke. It'll totally bite it any day now. And I kept checking it until I gave up. Because you know what? It's still alive. And whenever I go near it, the thing wants food. Like all the time. Damned thing came back from the near dead. Don't ask me what was wrong with it. I have no idea. I'll probably have these guppies longer than any of the other fish. And I didn't even want them! They clash with everything else in the tank. Ah well. It's not like I wanted to replace them with other fish.

Until tomorrow people!

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Nov. 14th, 2007 07:16 am (UTC)
It's a zombie guppy. It doesn't want food, it wants your BRAINS!

We have a little round fish tank (that I swear Dave only bought because it came with an Easter Island statue ornament) and we had 5 zebra danios and 6 little fish. Not very exciting, I know, but I got attached to the little ones and didn't want them bullied. Anyway, we went away for a week leaving them with one of those feeder blocks and came back to five big fish and three little ones. Now there are only two little ones. I just hope they had the decency to let them die before they ate them.

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Nov. 15th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
Do you have plants or something to keep the little guys safe? I, too, have 2 really big fat fish. They eat a lot and fast. I have to psych them out by putting food on one side of the tank and then while they're feeding, put more food at the other side for the little guys.
Nov. 14th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
It's not alive. It's undead. You've got some zombie fish in there. That's all I'm saying.
Nov. 15th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
It's totally not a zombie fish! It'd totally be trying to eat the other fish's brains! Not that they would be big meals though.
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