As most of you know I have many fish tanks and fish. My two biggest fish tanks are: 55 gal and a 135 gal. My 55 gal is home to a number of different types of cichlids. My big 135 tank is home to a number of fish big and small of assorted kinds. First some background:
55 gal tank, 2 convict cichlids (male and female) all is good for sometime, they have many babies (none which survive to adults), this comes to an end when I find that the big male convict has been beaten up by another cichlid (I have my thoughts on which one) so he's hiding and looking pretty badly. I decide to move him and his mate to my 135 tank. Well I'm able to net him and move him but the little female doesn't seem to want to be netted so I give up on her. (She needs a break in having babies anyways) Okay if you are with me so far, here is a little background on the 135 tank. In that tank I've had a female convict cichlid that was born to another pair of convicts I had awhile back. She was the only baby that actually survived and grew to a pretty little girl. Well she's been in the 135 tank for most of her life without a mate. Now enter the male I just moved from the 55. All is good in her world I'm assuming, she seems happy to have a man and they get busy setting up the house and nursery. About 2 weeks ago I see that maybe there is eggs in their new home. Yes, eggs and a few days later I see a zillion babies in there. All is good in the Convict home it seems. Mommy and Daddy are busy rearing the young ones and running off any other fish that comes into their area. Such is the life of Convict cichlids
Well about a week ago I see Daddy convict away from his happy family laying on the bottom of the tank not looking well at all. His coloring is all faded out and he seems very distressed. I have no clue what has happened to him, has he been in a fight? Has he not taken care of his kids enough and Mommy has put him in his place? I really don't know, but I feel his end is near. Next night I'm saddened that his end is here and he's dead. I am very sad by this and even feel terrible that now Mommy has all these babies to watch over without her man. I see that she is trying her hardest to keep an eye on those "zillion" babies while trying to fend off any "intruder fish". All is going okay so far, but now I'll go into the rest of the story.
Next day I'm not feeling well, so I am lazy on feeding the fish (they are very spoiled fish, I feed them many good things and more than they need almost daily) but this day I only give them some fish flakes and not all their special foods. (I'm a bad fish mommy I know
) Next night I decide I have to get all my fish fed good so I start into feed the 135 tank and see my 12 inch African Clown Knife (Mac the Knife) over by where my female convict and babies are. (Female convict is named "Mikie") Well on closer inspection to my horror I now see Mikie's butt and tail end sticking out of Mac the Knifes mouth. Oh my goodness he's eating my convict! I yell to let her go, I tap on the glass...(Mac does not let her go or even seem to care about my tapping or yelling) I am now worried that Mac may have tried to eat more than he could swallow and may end up choking on the convict. Mac the Knife is my pride and joy (I do love the convict too but not as much as the knife lol) Now I'm worried and a bit scared but also having a hard time from laughing about the whole situation. I go out and find my boyfriend in his shop and tell him what's happened. He says "time to get rid of the fish that is eating other fish" I give him a good glare and say "Oh no, I love Mac the Knife and he shall never leave me" I go back to the house to see what has happened in the tank. Mac is now swimming very fast to the top of the tank (mikie still in his mouth) and jumping out of the water and hitting the glass top of the tank. He does this several times as well as slamming himself into the glass sides of the tank. I'm not sure now if he's trying to smash the poor convict down his throat or trying to push it out of his mouth. My fear that he's going to die with this convict stuck in his mouth is now getting stronger. I can wait no longer, I pull out my step stool and proceed to grab my big net while gaining access to the tank. Lucky for me Mac is near the top of the tank so I'm able to net him on the first try. Okay now that I have him in the net I have to try and get Mikie out of his mouth. I grab mikies tail and try and pull but its slippery so nothing happens. I try once again and wow, mikie is free of the knifes mouth!! Yeah, that's good news (At least for me) Mikie falls into the tank and I don't see where she lands (figure tomorrow I'll net her floating carcus) I put Mac back into the tank and watch as he swims to the back of the tank. He opens and closes his mouth a few times. I figure he's nursing a soar mouth and thorat and his pride. Still no sign of Mikies body. Figure all Mikies babies have been eaten by the other fish while all this has been going on. Well at least Mac seems to be okay so far. I get out some frozen shrimp and start tossing pieces into the tank. Yes! Mac goes after a piece and eats it. All should be good with Mac the knife. I go to bed.
Next morning, I head to get my coffee and look into the big tank. To my surprise Mikie is in her house and seems to be garding babies!!! Well I'll be, she's alive! Mac's doing fine as well. All is right with the fish world!
Okay, later that day I check them again, well Mac is still fine but I see that Mikie has now moved over to the center of the tank near the bottom, that only could mean one thing, all her babies are gone (eaten )
Moral of the story:
Men (convict men that is) are nothing but trouble! (She was better off without one) lol
Female convict gets man, has family with man, man runs off and dies, female has to take care of all the kids alone, taking care of babies leaves her vulnerable to big fish which leads to her being almost eaten alive, lives to swim another day, but finds all her kids have now been eaten.
Okay this is a true story, a long story, but alas a true one. I couldn't make this up even if I tried, it's just too weird. I hope you enjoyed it