Thursday, May 17, 2012
She Who Hesitates....
....loses her baby fish
I bought this.
It's the fine net umbrella type thing you put over your food to keep the wasps away when dining al fresco.
My plan was to set it in the pond upside down and place the pottery with the developing fish in it and when they hatched they could swim freely, chow down on the microorganisms floating by, and stay protected from the evils lurking in the pond.
I enlisted the help of Son #1 because two brains are always better than one.
I should have read up on hatching fish.
I would have read that they hatch in four to five days.
I think I showed up with the protective netting on day six or seven.
When I turned over the broken pottery all I saw was empty egg sacs.
Somewhere in the pond are some really new, very tiny, baby fish trying to avoid the dangers of the deep - the big fish looking for lunch, the pump trying to suck them through the filter, the too cold water in the deep part of the pond and the frogs, toads and salamanders.
Its a cruel, cruel world little fishes - good luck.