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...nothing up my sleeve. Presto!

Last night, I went home. I brooded in front of the tank. I looked at it at a variety of angles. I closely examined the gravel substrate, seeing if I can find a hole, a recently burrowed hole, a little fishy head or tail sticking out.

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

eisa and I sat on the couch watching the latest Harry Potter movie, while I occassionally leered at my tank in a brooding fashion.

Sometimes I would curse.

This morning, I woke up, and went about my business. I was finishing buttoning my shirt, the light on in my apartment, the fish tank light off. And in the corner of my eye, I saw something. I slowly turned... my eyes drew its gaze to the water... and...

There was the little fucker waving hi to be.

THE BASTARD!!! He's still in the tank!

I have no idea where he was, but I saw him as clear as day. A part of me is really worried... after all, this time, I had no witnesses. What if I never see him again? What if no one does? What if the fish I saw this morning was nothing more than a figment of my imagination? Maybe I'm going crazy!!!!

Then there is the other part to this sad tale. I bought a $20 fish... to only see him in the dark.

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melopepon
Jul. 12th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
That's hysterical!
You ought to stick with goldfish- they don't do hiding.
louiseroho
Jul. 12th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
Do not taunt happy fun fish!
firebitch
Jul. 12th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
You've bought a vampire fish...he must turn into gravel in the sunlight.
beowabbit
Jul. 12th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
Hee! It’s the Heisenberg Uncertainty Fish! Or Schrödinger’s Fish!
I bought a $20 fish... to only see him in the dark.
Ya know, $20 is really not that much, either for a pet or for home décor.
finubala
Jul. 12th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
Are loaches nocturnal?

Check out this: http://aquaweb.pair.com/forums/archives/loach3/index.cgi?read=27760

I hope that it helps!
boymeat
Jul. 12th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
My clowns aren't.

But, it looks like this new guy is. Of course, at the fish store they were sitting out in the open. The salesperson there could have warned me that I'll never see him... but nooooooooo.
slavebarb
Jul. 12th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
In my shop, i used to put just the thinnest layer of gravel on the bottom of the loach tanks. Enough to look nice, but not so much that they could hide. This was so i could get people to pay 20 bux for a fish and could then buy my groceries. Pet shop people are devious.
boymeat
Jul. 12th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
I should clearly then take out all my aggression on you. Right?
slavebarb
Jul. 12th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
*wishing upon a star*
pony_bootblack
Jul. 12th, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
for the second day in a row, your fish saga has made me laugh out loud while working and i've been looked at rather strangely when i explain, "a friend of mind has a disappearing fish".

Is his name houdini?
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boymeat
Jul. 12th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
Oh no.... don't back away... you can trust me. Really.
fortryll
Jul. 12th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
Perhaps you can set up a webcam to take a photo of the tank every five minutes or so? That way you can check periodically to see if the new guy is poking his head out, and if so, you have proof!
adorable_man
Jul. 13th, 2006 12:11 pm (UTC)
That's a great idea!
Now I want another tank..
luna_littleone
Jul. 12th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
maybe it has a cloaking device.
Like in the movie Predator.
that would explain the 20.oo price tag.
sirkenandsubg
Jul. 12th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
I told you - it is very freaky. I have these huge Plecos in my tank - 2 of them - and half the time I can't find at least 1.

As far as keeping tabs on him now, maybe you should get him On-Star or some other GPS system.
lonewolf_w_cub
Jul. 12th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
Tie a little bell around his neck. It's a long-necked loach, isn't it?
Or feed it in the daytime. Doesn't Houdini come out for food?
sirkenandsubg
Jul. 12th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
YAY fish posts again !! Thank goodness Tes Fest is over.

-Gee
adorable_man
Jul. 13th, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC)
I had a crab once who pulled that crap
A beautiful $20 emerald crab, with amazing "feathers" on his legs, who disappeared the moment I put him into the tank, and lived his whole life in a hole under a rock. I am sure he hunted at night, but that didn't do ME any good! Twenty smackers for a virtual pet. I only saw him again when I finally had to dismantle the tank when I moved to New York. I brought him back to the pet store, where he immediately disappeared under a large piece of live coral.
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