Tuesday, January 28, 2014

and just like that...

...he's gone.  Gone!  Just disappeared into thin... water!

My plecostomus, Jansen.  He's swum the coop!

First, a little background:  A few months ago, the mysterious apocalarium happened.  Recall that I introduced a few new fish into the fold, and then one.  by.  one.  all but one of the previously residing tankmates went on to fish heaven in the course of about a week.  This left just two newbies and one strangely hardy old timer.  This also coincided with a strange flourish of plant health.

I studied up, made a few adjustments, and slowly brought the tank back to a state of, I think,  normal existence.  Since my previous plecostomus, Hot Lips, died in the apocalypse, a noticeable algae problem came about in his absence.

So I went ahead and brought in Jansen.  And Jansen went right to work, cleaning up like nobody's business.  He also managed to stay alive.  For quite a while, actually.

A week ago or so, I noticed my sunken temple, among other things,  was becoming quite green with algae.  Jansen was usually pretty good about cleaning my sunken temple, so what was up with all this algae?

Devil Fish of Algae Town


I've been looking for Jansen ever since.  There is absolutely no trace of him whatsoever.  No carcass, no nothing.  Just lots of algae.  And mystery.  I think it's the Devil Fish of (now) Algae Town.  They've done something with Jansen.

In the meantime...



If anyone's seen him or his  *GULP*  remains, please lemme know.  We need closure.

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15 comments:

  1. This isn't the first time I've heard about fish disappearing from a a tank over night. How weird is that? Are any of your other fish looking extra fat?

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  2. Have you interviewed the usual suspects? Not to profile anyone but the cat may know something...

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    1. Hmm, feline polygraph. That's a thing, right?

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  3. Awww... R.I.P. Jansen.

    On the bright side, you're becoming quite the authority on aquarium habitats, inhabitants, etc.

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    1. That's one way to look at it! We learn best by our mistakes, and I guess I'm pretty good at those!

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  4. This brings back memories of the fish tank my husband (then fiance) and his room mate had back in the day. They had a tiny little frog, oddly named "Fred Garvin Male Prostitute." One day, Freddy Garvin was gone. Just gone. Just like your Jansen. Some time later, (probably months later - they were, after all, bachelors living on their own,) poor Freddy's remains were discovered way to the back and underneath the shelving unit that held the tank. Funny that no one noticed the stink that must have hovered around after poor Freddy's demise. Then again, like I said, they were bachelors. I remember the frequent occurrence of mountains of dirty dishes in the sink. What makes me think they'd smell a dead frog?

    Anyway... my thoughts are with Jansen. Did you interrogate Napolion?

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    1. Aw, sorry to hear about Freddy. But I think that the life of a prostitute - male or female - is typically not one for longevity.
      We lost a crab in a similar fashion, and I don't even think he was a prostitute.

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  5. Of course Napolion would be a suspect, but there's always the possibility that he's being framed. I wouldn't rule anything out.
    But maybe Jansen's just worshiping in the temple - wondering if there's more to life than, well, sucking.

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    1. Maybe that's it. He's formed a union (of one) and gone on strike while also going on religious sabbatical!

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  6. Whoa! That's freaking weird. I don't know if I have ever blogged about the story about my brother N and the fish (namely, why he should never be allowed to have pets again)?

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    1. Well you darn tootin' better blog about it now!

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  7. He's not stuck inside the temple?

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  8. If ALL you wanted him for was work, work, work, I'd say he's in fish heaven carrying a protest sign. I hope you don't decide to start adopting real pets. (No. Fish aren't pets). For gawd's sake woman. Fish water stinks!!!

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  9. Oh my - that's totally strange! I've never heard of a fish just vanishing into thin air like that!

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