Thursday, 28 June 2018
I'm a plonker
Several times this past six weeks I have tried to breed baby goldfish. I waited until the fish in the pond were mating before carefully gathering some pond weed in the hope of a few eggs being attached. Several times I watched a tiny wriggling fish in the bowl only to return later and find it had gone leaving behind a pale ghostly 'thing' on the surface of the water. Last week was no exception so this time I took the tiny fish out of the bowl and put it into a separate bowl so I could watch it. Imagine my surprise when the fish stopped wriggling and out popped a tiny gnat. I have not been watching newly hatched fish at all. I have been watching gnat larvae transform.. duh.... slaps head. WELL!!!!!!!!! yesterday I was just on the point of tipping the bowl of pond water back into the pond and giving up when I spotted the tiniest fish. I wouldn't have noticed it without my magnifying glass as it was almost transparent. It looks as though it might be about a week old as it seems very strong and there is no sign of a yolk sac. It has obviously been hiding in amongst the pond weed. I already had a small tank primed and ready just in case so transferred the contents of the bowl into the tank. Today the tiny fish is darting about and really exploring the tank. I have named him/her Sausage.... cos he is a cute little sausage and I was about to cook sausage rolls and cocktail sausages for Tony's 'Quoits Club'. The do like healthy food at that club don't they? :-)
If we get another baby fish he will be called Rolly.