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The alien in the aquarium. May 16, 2012

Posted by ourfriendben in critters, pets, wit and wisdom.
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The other day, our friend Ben was cleaning our aquarium because a) it was finally warm enough to move some of the fast-growing anacharis (a floating oxygenating aquatic plant) to the deck water garden, and b) Silence Dogood and I wanted to add a little school of neon tetras to the tank. We figured the move would be traumatic enough for them without our messing around with the anacharis on top of it.

After extracting what seemed like endless ropes of anacharis and transferring them to the outdoor water garden, where they’ll add oxygen and protective cover for our goldfish, I cleaned the filter, wiped down the aquarium glass, and stepped back to admire the now much more brightly lit tank. That’s when I saw it.

There was a tiny, whitish creature scrambling around the upper part of one end of the aquarium. It wasn’t a snail (we have plenty of those, so I should know). It had a tail like a fish, but also seemed to have tiny legs like a shrimp. It definitely wasn’t something we’d put in the tank.

Occasionally, we get these surprises. One of our four corydoras catfish was born in the tank, unknown to us, and managed to avoid becoming somebody’s breakfast until it was large enough to put in an appearance. But it doesn’t happen often, and normally, at least we know what it is. This time, we seem to have an alien invader.

Our friend Ben is looking forward to seeing what it turns into. Let’s just hope it’s not the Loch Ness Monster.

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