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And for my next trick...

Future visitors to my apartment should proceed with caution - approach the fish tanks at the risk of your disappearance. You just might get picked up through the tear in the timestream and be whisked away to an alternate universe.

At least that is the only explanation I can can think of to explain what just occurred last night.

I've had a lovely vistor from North Carolina via Israel, taliakit. She and I took a nice stroll through the city on Sunday, stopping off at my favorite aquarium store in Murray Hill. There, I found this beautiful loach - long, brown mottled with crisp gold, perky and active. I spent $20 for this fish - the most I have ever spent for an individual fish.

I did everything I was supposed to do to introduce it into its new home. Took my time, did everything right. Eventually, I released him from the bag, and a-swimming he went. He seemed right at home, swimming along with my 3 clown loaches.

I went to bed watching him swim, enjoying my new resident.

Then I came back from work last night. And the fish was gone.

I mean, gone. Nowhere to be found. Dissapeared without a trace. It's as if he was never purchased in the first place. No corpse, no bones, so I ruled out being eaten. I searched every hiding spot, raked the gravel, took out plants and the cave. Nothing. I searched underneath all the nearby furniture, tried to project his trajectory if he were to jump out of the tank for freedom.


There simply is no fish. And the other fish swim by without a care in the world. I have both taliakit and eisa as my witnesses - there was no new fish.

Clearly, he is in another dimension. Taken away by some cosmic accident.

 I hope he's having fun.


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Jul. 11th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
That's weird...
Maybe one of the fish books in the box I'm trying to save for you has the answer...
Jul. 11th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
These things happen. I think he took my glove wth him.
Jul. 11th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
He's probably hanging out with all the lost un-mated socks having a swimmingly good time...

but seriously? weird.
Jul. 11th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
Clearly it was the rapture and we've all been left behind.
Jul. 11th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
cookie for you for this answer, very funny.
(no subject) - adorable_man - Jul. 12th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 11th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
I had a crab do the same thing...turns out he leapt for freedom. 6 months later I found his shell about 7 feet away from the tank behind a filing cabinet. I hope his last moments of liberty were worth it.

Seriously did you check in your filter?
Jul. 11th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
I did. There is literally no way he could have been sucked up the tube - the intake tube has a covering with very tiny slits in it - no way in hell he could fit unless he was julienned first.

But, I checked the filter anyway. Even took out the filter media and the bio-wheel just to be sure.
(no subject) - threegoldfish - Jul. 11th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - lookslikelori - Jul. 12th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 11th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
I agree with jason, check the filter, and check all over.

Fish jump out and can flap an unbelieveable amount, making great distances.

Also, I've had a similar experience, and yet a few days later, the fish is there again. Some fish hide in the smallest of crevices.
Jul. 11th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping he does come back to me... he was really pretty. That being said, if he does, I fear my brain will break.
(no subject) - sirkenandsubg - Jul. 11th, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - boymeat - Jul. 11th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - sirkenandsubg - Jul. 11th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - boy_wonderwolf - Jul. 11th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 11th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
That's just a little too "whoo whoo" even for me....
Jul. 11th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
Fish burglars. Clearly. They took the good stuff and ran.
Jul. 12th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
They were pretty sneaky if they made it past my Ninja-jew Fish-protection field (TM)..
(no subject) - rogueboi - Jul. 12th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 11th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
Um, hi. Dropped in from Metaquotes. ^^;

Was this a kuhli loach? If so, he's in there. Somewhere. They're trained from birth as ninja, destined to defend your tank in the dead of night. You can rake the gravel all you want -- if he doesn't want to be found, he simply won't be found.

I have three of them in a 60 gallon tank, and I thought for sure they were dead after I hadn't seen them for four months. Then the other day, I saw them when the lights were off, twice the size as when I got them, and looking happy (if fish can look happy).
Jul. 11th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
Have you seen them again since? Do they only come out at night?

I'm a bad fish owner - I'm not sure if they are kuhlis or not. When I look at photos of kuhlis online, I'm still not sure. The colors seem right, but I seem to remember my fish having more obvious fins.

Thanks for your comment, although having the thought that the fish can actually still be in there, hidden from me, will likely drive me bonkers. I can just see myself sneaking up on the tank in the middle of the night with a flashlight. Oy.
(no subject) - firecaster - Jul. 11th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - thepikey - Jul. 11th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 11th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
I just flashed back to HITCHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY ("So long, and thanks for all the fish!")....I wouldn't stress over a space/time glitch..They happen fairly often..I'm still missing my cigar lighter..
Jul. 11th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
I am now invested in the story of this fish. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU. Maybe you can lure him out with a few snails?
Jul. 11th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
That's all right. Another one will be along in a minute.
Jul. 11th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
The fish lady (that's me) says that loaches are notorious escape artists. If the poor loachie got out (s)he's covered with dust and blending in with your floor. :-(

i had a customer once who came in to report that his rather large lionfish (poisonous) that he just bought was missing. i suggested that it jumped out and he vehemently denied that was a possibility. The next day he came in to report that his dog died. The mystery of fish....
Jul. 11th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
Mothers, don't let your doggies grow up and eat lionfish...
(no subject) - slavebarb - Jul. 12th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 12th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
I never knew that fish could play dead. Leave it to you to find one who could. He may very well still be in your tank!
Check out www.loaches.com
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