Since Albert got a marine aquarium for his birthday we have embarked on a bit of an adventure learning the basics of this new hobby. We were advised by our local fish supplier (as in pets) to start the tank off with a pet rock. Rocky came with three minuscule shrimp things and a bit of algae and did absolutely nothing on the entertainment front and even the shrimp things disappeared without a trace after a week. A whole month went by of being entertained by Reckless Rocky and having to stop visitors vainly looking at all angles to spot elusive fish, this was despite us explaining our directive in ‘conditioning’ the tank with Rocky. After that challenge we were extremely relived to go back to the shop to purchase our first fish.
Huey, Dewey and Louie (Albert named them after the robots in ‘Silent Running’) arrived and immediately gave us and our visitors something of interest to peer at. The blue threesome, we were advised, where the cheapest fish in the shop and so termed as ‘dispensable’ if we made any mistakes. A couple of weeks on and with a feeling of accomplishment, over not killing them, we upped the anti and purchased an expensive fish. He was described as a ‘mature’ Clown Fish and I immediately named him Chester the Jester.
So, now have the following additional tenants in the aquarium and these are; Fingers McPhee, S’Not A Lot, Wee Willie and Brains who are all soft corals. Oh yes, and Busta Gut the sand snail.
Busta Gut is also causing concern and despite a frantic call to the fish shop yesterday, asking for urgent advice, they inform me that a coral cannot be scared of a snail. WELL I JUST DON’T AGREE ACTUALLY! After Busta’s first attempt at climbing on to Fingers, Fingers went into a complete flop and since then, he reacts dramatically when Busta Gut goes anywhere near him. He pulls all his fingers in and impersonates a green ball.
I’ve just pictured a court scene of a murder trial in my head, the Judge is an octopus (yes, they even had one of those in the shop and boy was it UGLY) the prosecution is a tiger shrimp and saying “So………., Mr Shop Owner can you explain to the jury how despite being informed that Mr McPhee was under threat by the accused ...............you did nothing?'