More aquatic excitement.

Worm4.JPGWorm1.JPGWorm6.JPGWhat the hell is this thing??? And how did it get into my tank??? This worm is just— gross. And I don’t know what was going through my mind when I decided to put it on my hand (well, actually I was thinking that I needed some better shots of it. But nevermind!) because after 3 washes with hand soap, a 5 minute soak/scrub in Benzalkonium Chloride (hey, it was all I had.), & a frenzied slathering of Bath & Bodyworks Mango Mandarin antibacterial gel… my finger still stunk. Like the green-haired Irene, I had… stinkfinger.

Worm5.JPGTwo of my goldfish in the outdoor water lily tank died recently. I noticed some patchy areas on their skin so I removed the lily pots, did some water changes, treated for algae & hunted unsuccessfully for fish lice.

This past weekend while I was staring at the water (don’t all fish owners do that?), I caught odd movement at the bottom of the tank. It wasn’t the tail of the plecostomus (did I spell that right?). It was this little black tentacle… waving. It waved like it knew me. So I grabbed it.

It swum, in an S motion, very quickly across the tank, & then I upset the surviving goldfish by chasing it with a net. I was already freaking out but it takes me awhile to figure it out. I then took a bunch of pictures of it & dumped it in the little Pregnant Mama tank, where it promptly burrowed into the gravel. And then I smelled my hand, & then I really freaked out.

My ex-husband, who if nothing else has had a lot of aquariums, said that it is probably a leech. I argued that it didn’t seem to have the 3-fang mouth leeches supposedly have, & he said that Hawaiian leeches are different. I didn’t bother to check if it has 34 segments. I don’t care. It’s in isolation now.

Incidentally, I did catch a tiny fish louse in the tank this morning. The spiral swimming movemement caught my eye. I’m like a Tyrannosaurus Rex that way: don’t move funny when I’m staring at the water. Yes, I’m something of a dork as well, & it’s time for me to go to bed. Anyway, I threw it in with the leech. Maybe they’ll get along. Suckers. Ha ha, sorry.

13 Comments so far

  1. Darren (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 3:56 am

    Gross. And I shouldnt have clicked on that fish lice thing, stabbing my eyeballs out now.

  2. Bufo (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 5:37 am

    Eew. Disgusting. Did it stick to your hand? Looks like a leech. Never smelled one though.

  3. Leo (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 7:30 am

    Intresting that you would smell it, I guess I would have done the same.

    My degree in Leechology has already expired so I can not verify your findings … sorry !

    What loot did it drop ?

  4. Your Brutha (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 8:55 am

    It does kinda look like a leach…..You need to clean your tank more often! LOL

  5. cara (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 12:40 pm

    ewwwwww….probably not something you wanna look at when recovering from the STOMACH FLU!!!! gotta go barf now…thanks lauren…grrr

    it does look like a leach tho. see you tomorrow.

  6. T (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 1:23 pm

    Although the picture is very fuzzy, it looks like a leech. Leeches are supposedly very smelly. Anyway here is a link for ya
    This link is interesting also and shows the waving LOL
    You are too funny!!

  7. Lauren (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 2:36 pm

    Here, an expert’s opinion; I just received this email. Dr. Govedich’s site may be viewed here.

    “Yes, your animal is a leech! It looks like an erpobdellid leech and these are predators on small invertebrates so it probably had nothing to do with the fish death. It is not a fish leech so your fish are safe from this type of leech.”

    So I guess it was the fish louse. Nasty little thing. Sorry, Darren.

  8. Audrey (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 6:00 pm

    OMG… That thing is scary! I can’t believe you actually picked it up! I wouldn’t… I think I’d pass out like the dude on Stand By Me. It does look like a leech.

  9. Frostya (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 9:23 pm

    Remind me to never shake your hand again! :D

  10. Shareef (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 11:14 pm

    Those are some nice pictures of the grass. Your hand and the thing are blurry, but the grass came out nice and clear.

  11. Lauren (unregistered) on November 15th, 2005 @ 7:03 am

    You trying to be witty or just an asshole?

  12. visith (unregistered) on November 15th, 2005 @ 12:05 pm

    dude, if it is a leech you should out it down someones pants and see what happens rofl

  13. Jenna (unregistered) on November 19th, 2005 @ 6:26 pm

    Ha! I was thinking the same thing Shareef said about the grass :)

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