Sunday, October 14, 2012
I thought my hubby was pulling my leg when he said one of the fish in our aquarium had the tail of another one sticking out of its' mouth. Unforotunately, it was confirmed when I had a look for myself.
We've had "Lucy" for over a year . . . she's a red headed Oranda that I bought on a whim over a year ago, thinking she'd go the way of the rest of the fish and croak in the first few weeks. But bless her heart, she was less than 2 inches at that time and now, she's bigger than my fist! And her lacy tail and fins are just beautiful.
Well, Lucy has been in the company of Sammy (a black Moore) who hasn't been around quite as long but is definitely a survivor. As anyone with an aquarium knows, finding the right combination and number of fish to set up a happy aquarium is a gift, and I don't have it.
Anyway, after our algae eater (pleco) bought the bullet a few weeks ago, hubby decided to try a couple busy little Corey Cats, so we brought them home on Friday. Three of them. At about 1 inch, they're so tiny compared to Lucy and Sammy. But they're fun to watch scurrying around the tank. So, they survive the introduction and we thought we were good to go.
Until this morning when in fact, Lucy had the tail of one of the Cats sticking out of her mouth. Yes, and true to the catfish family, they have barbs on their fins.
Apparently, while Lucy was 'vacuuming' the bottom of the tank, she picked on the wrong thing, sucked it into that huge round mouth, then couldn't spit it out and the barbs held it in place......
So, hubby, exhibiting yet another of his fine qualities, grabbed a wet wash cloth while I located the scissor tweezers. He performed the surgery like a pro. The Corey cat had already drowned while lodged in Lucy's cavernous mouth. But Lucy did very well.
We expect a complete recovery for Lucy, though she may have a sore throat for a day or so.